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15 January 2016

" The bottom line is: can the EU ETS reclaim its place at the heart of EU climate policy? What will the EU ETS look like in 2030? Will the proposals deliver the “robust” carbon price that Europe needs to drive forward climate action? How should a deal in Paris impact EU ETS reform? Can the proposals stem the tide for national market interventions? How can they be reconciled with those interventions to date? Is EU ETS reform the most significant industrial policy decision the Juncker Commission will take in its mandate?"

ViEUws is organising an online debate, sponsored by the European Chemicals Industry Council (CEFIC), on the future EU ETS system and its implementation.

Panelists include: Yvon Slingenberg (European Commission, DG CLIMA), Ian Duncan (MEP, ENVI Committee, Rapporteur), and Hubert Mandery (CEFIC).

15 December 2015

195 countries have reached the Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the parties and that was published on 12th December 2015. The agreement binds all parties and established a common and global goal to ‘strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change’.

All parties agreed to joint efforts to maintain the temperature rise below 2°C, and possibly below 1.5°C by the end of the century, while providing flexibility taking into account particular national circumstances and needs. Thus, there is global momentum to fight climate change and adopt strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to be implemented through ‘intended national determined contributions’ (INDCs).

This momentum provides a stronger support to the EU’s ambitious climate and energy policy, as all parties are to establish INDC and make them known to the UNFCCC secretariat. However, national mitigation targets are not binding internationally, thus leaving it to countries to effectively implement adopted strategies. One of the critical points is to organise a legally binding system for monitoring, reporting and verifying to control that governments are implementing their strategy.

15 January 2015

EuSalt has launched, in cooperation with ReachCentrum and Arche, a call for interest to suppliers of sodium chloride and potassium chloride used as precursors in the in-situ generation of actine Chlorine (PT 1-5) by electrolysis, under the Biocidal Products Regulation (Reg. (EU) No 528/2012). 

The consortium is a voluntary cooperation aimed to facilitate the organisation of suppliers for taking part in the European Commission review programme and carrying out the authorisation procedure for the two substances.

For more information and to participate in the consortium, please see the ReachCentrum link.

20 October 2014

The European Parliament 's Environment Committee has rejected the objection to the Commission's draft list of sectors at risk of carbon leakage for the period 2015-2019. 

As a result, the list of carbon leakage sectors for 2015-2019 will be officially adopted in the coming weeks, since Member States already approved it last July.


29 July 2014

The proceedings of our 2012 Biodiversity and Solar Salt Conference organised in collaboration with CEISSA is now available online.

Two years ago, academics, researchers and salt producers from around the world met in Seville (Spain) to discuss the interactions between solar salt works and biodiversity. The debate highlighted the interdependence that presides over this relationship: biodiversity preservation/creation in coastal areas depends on wetlands and salt works. In a like manner, salt quality is enhanced by the biodiversity that is found within salt ponds. This positive correlation calls up for joined-up, well-coordinated governance and for the need to recognise the economic value of nature.

Download the proceedings here.