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

Elections could fracture EU environment, climate policy blocs

The European Parliament usually takes an aggressive stance when it comes to European Union climate and environment policy, but European elections that start on May 23 could change that. The Parliament—751 lawmakers from the EU’s 28 countries—has consistently pushed for the bloc to take on tougher targets in areas including greenhouse gas emissions reductions, renewable … Continue reading Elections could fracture EU environment, climate policy blocs

Electric car affordability highlights EU transportation challenge

Electric cars are for the rich and their unaffordability in the poorer countries of the European Union could put at risk the bloc’s 2030 targets for the greening of transportation, EU automakers said. Data published May 9 by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (known as ACEA) showed there is a strong correlation between average incomes … Continue reading Electric car affordability highlights EU transportation challenge