Latest Stavros Dimas Stories

2009-05-29 15:29:31

Greenhouse gas emissions dropped in Europe for the third consecutive year as the European Union announced on Friday that it is on track to meet its long-term climate goal. Emissions of six greenhouse gases from the EU's 27 nations dropped by 1.2 percent in 2007. That percentage translates into 59 million tons of carbon dioxide over figures from 2006. Compared to 1990 levels, emissions in the EU were down 9.3 percent. Of the 15 EU nations that have agreed to the Kyoto Protocol, emissions...

2009-02-27 16:00:00

European Union Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said on Friday that the world faces its final opportunity to reach an agreement to combat global climate change during an upcoming U.N.-led meeting in Copenhagen in December. World leaders from some 190 countries will meet in Copenhagen in hopes of reaching a consensus on a global framework to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. "It is now 12 years since Kyoto was created. This makes Copenhagen the world's last chance to...

2008-12-17 13:33:46

The European Union on Wednesday agreed to a package of bills to enable EU governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said he looks forward to the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of President-elect Barack Obama's term. "Happily Bush is going," said Dimas. "Everybody knows what Mr. Obama has set as priorities -- energy security and climate change." World leaders will meet in Copenhagen next December to...

2008-09-12 12:00:18

Pavan Sukhdev, Study Leader for a report jointly sponsored by the European Commission and the German government on the economic impacts of biodiversity loss will be in Washington on September 16 for meetings with the World Bank and the Global Forest Leaders Forum. The study, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), was commissioned by German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel and European Commissioner for the Environment Stavros Dimas and will be finalized in 2009. But...

2008-07-24 08:50:00

On Wednesday the European Commission approved plans to ban the import of seal pelts that have undergone extreme suffering when being killed.  The ban may cause trade conflicts with hunting countries. While the EU stopped just short of a total ban, the governing body stated that products from the 900,000 seals hunted annually should be received in the EU only with assurance that the seal has been killed through humane means. European environmentalists and politicians have demanded action...

2008-07-08 09:00:51

The European Union's environmental commissioner, Stavros Dimas, has played down Polish fears that the European Emission Trading Scheme is tilted in favor of western European states and does not consider the concerns of members with high coal-based electricity generation capacity, according to Reuters. The news source reported that Poland, which sources around 90% of its electricity from coal-based sources, wants power companies to be issued free CO2 permits for longer to contain electricity...

2007-04-02 15:28:09

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The EU's chief environmental official urged the United States and Australia to do more to cut greenhouse gases, saying Monday their cooperation was critical in the fight against global warming. At the start of a five-day U.N. climate change conference, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas criticized the two major holdouts to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol for their reluctance to join the 27-nation EU and other rich countries in fighting climate change. Dimas said the U.S....

2006-06-09 10:55:46

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - One in 20 European Union beaches failed to meet EU cleanliness standards in 2005, with pollution for swimmers in lakes and rivers worse than the year before, the EU's environment chief said on Friday. Poland and Malta were singled out for having especially dirty coastal areas. Some of the EU's latest joiners, many reporting data back to Brussels for the first time, were the worst offenders, according to the European Commission's annual bathing water report. But...

2006-05-19 14:51:39

By Jeff Mason EISENSTADT, Austria (Reuters) - The European Union's environment chief said on Friday the United States was open to discussing a global greenhouse gas emissions market, but the U.S. government said it remained opposed to mandatory caps on emissions as called for by the Kyoto Protocol. EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas expressed optimism that the United States, China and India would be ready to discuss a global system that lets industries that cut their...

2006-04-07 05:35:25

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy faces the prospect of daily fines for failing to comply with rulings by the European Union's top court that it broke EU environment laws, the bloc's executive said on Friday. The European Commission has warned Italy a final time for not implementing the two 2004 rulings by the European Court of Justice, which found that the government failed to adequately manage two waste landfills. If the Italian authorities fail to answer the Commission's request, the EU...

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