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Smokestacks in Hinsebergsvägen, Frövi, Sweden
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Deal on stricter air pollution limits: A bitter-sweet victory

The Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement on the Air Quality Directive, which sets new EU-wide action to reduce pollution limits up to 2.5 times lower than current targets by 2030. However, the deal falls short of the limits recommended by the World Health Organisation.
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Catalonia's Water Crisis: A sobering call for Climate action

EFA President Jordi Solé intervened in plenary today on the dire situation Catalonia is. With water reserves plummeting to a precarious 16% in internal basins, emergency conditions have been imposed on 6 million inhabitants, marking a critical juncture in the battle against water scarcity in what is the biggest drought in history.
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Windmill in a landscape
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Road to net zero

The collective extra-investment required to implement all decarbonisation measures needed to reach net zero by 2050 is estimated at €10 trillion, or an average of €360 billion per year. This study aims to contribute to ongoing debates within the EU regarding the efforts required to reach our common environmental targets
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There’s still time to push back against throwaway culture

The European Parliament voted on its position on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation ahead of the trilogue negotiations. Although the Parliament did not back some of the most ambitious measures proposed by the Commission, this marks the beginning of the pushback against the disposable giants.
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Vote on transition to electric trucks marks acceleration in emissions reduction

Today, Members of the European Parliament have just voted to set strict CO2 limits for trucks and are calling for all new buses to be emissions-free by 2030. Following new CO2 targets for cars, CO2 targets for buses and trucks are set to be tightened in line with Europe’s ambition to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Parlia…
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Plenary Flash 20-23 November 2023

On the agenda this week: Israel-Gaza conflict, COP28 resolution, pesticides, New Zealand Trade Agreement, Hungary, CO2 standards for trucks, trailers, coaches and buses, ...
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MEPs vote in favour of harmful emission standards for motor vehicles

A majority of conservative, right-wing and liberal Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of weak emission standards for motor vehicles (Euro 7 standard). The Euro standards set standards for pollutant emissions such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide from cars, buses and trucks.
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Extraction of raw material
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An alternative narrative on raw material access

The global shift towards renewable energy, digitalization of our economies and societies and increased demand by defence and space industries, means that demand for raw materials is set to increase. There are therefore inherent tensions at play for the EU
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Debriefing of the September Plenary Session

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the State of the Union, air quality, energy transition, MEPs' code of conduct and the Critical Raw Materials Act.
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Plenary flash 11-14 September 2023

On the agenda this week: debate on the State of the European Union, protecting people from extreme heatwaves, floods and forest fires, renewable energy directive, sustainable aviation fuels, violence and discrimination in the world of sports, critical raw materials Act, EU-Tunisia migration deal