EU 2020 target of 20% energy from renewables could be at risk

The European Union could miss a binding goal for 20% of its energy to come from renewables by 2020, despite rapid growth in renewable electricity generation in recent years, the European Court of Auditors said. Although about a third of the EU’s electricity now comes from renewables, the 20% target for 2020 also covers energy … Continue reading EU 2020 target of 20% energy from renewables could be at risk

Non-personal data may fall under European Union privacy law

Companies may have to treat non-personal data from the European Union as if it were personal data and therefore subject to the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation requirements, the European Commission said. In guidance issued May 29 to coincide with the effective date of an EU law on non-personal data, the commission, the EU’s executive … Continue reading Non-personal data may fall under European Union privacy law

EU lawmakers hear rumble of growing green support

The European Union’s policies could become significantly greener as the bloc’s decision-makers absorb the lessons of the recent European Parliament elections. Green parties were among the main beneficiaries as the May 23-26 elections saw voters switch from the usually dominant center-right and center-left parties in a number of EU countries. Parties affiliated to the European … Continue reading EU lawmakers hear rumble of growing green support

More scrutiny of chemical registrations ahead, EU agency says

Companies trading chemicals in the European Union may face more scrutiny over the extent of safety information they provide to regulators. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which administers the EU’s REACH chemicals law, said it wants to increase fourfold the share of substance registration dossiers that it’s obliged to check, meaning companies would face a … Continue reading More scrutiny of chemical registrations ahead, EU agency says

EU’s privacy regime nears first anniversary marked by glitches

The European Union’s landmark law for protecting European citizens’ data privacy still lacks specifics a year after taking effect, lawyers say. European and US privacy attorneys say they want the bloc’s data protection authorities to clarify parts of the General Data Protection Regulation, which became law on May 25, 2018. Questions linger over how companies … Continue reading EU’s privacy regime nears first anniversary marked by glitches

EU readies carbon allowance cuts to reduce surplus

Power plants and other participants in the European Union’s emissions trading system will find carbon allowances harder to come by starting in September, because of the removal of a block of allowances from the system. The number of carbon allowances that could be auctioned between September 2019 and August 2020 would be cut by 400 … Continue reading EU readies carbon allowance cuts to reduce surplus

EU farm ministers ponder ways to cut greenhouse-gas emissions

European Union agriculture ministers on May 14 avoided contentious debates over reducing livestock populations or measures to cut meat consumption in discussing ways that farmers can contribute to the bloc’s greenhouse gas net-zero goal. Researchers and environmental groups have identified those two methods as among the most effective ways to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from … Continue reading EU farm ministers ponder ways to cut greenhouse-gas emissions