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Berlin has admitted to failings in airport security checks, causing the Left Party and the Bundespolizei to call for their de-privatisation. EurActiv Germany reports.
LowCVP ran its first Low Emission Cities half-day workshop on Monday, 6th July in partnership with York City Council. The event was very well received by the 35 local authorities in attendance.
In advance of the landmark Paris climate change conference, China has announced new goals for climate change mitigation post-2020. There is also news of closer cooperation between China and the EU on emissions reduction and the prospect of China's greenhouse gas emissions peaking in the next five to ten years, earlier than previously expected.
France may renege on its promise to end subsidies for coal-fired power stations abroad to protect jobs in the energy sector. EurActiv France reports.
The European Parliament approved a proposal to begin reform of the world's biggest carbon market in 2019, clearing the last major hurdle before the plan can become law.
In his Summer 2015 Budget, the Chancellor has announced a major reform to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) banding system for cars registered on or after 1 April 2017. First year rates will vary according to the vehicle’s CO2 emissions but there will now be a flat standard rate of £140 for all cars for subsequent years, except for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), for which there will be no charge.
When it comes to building roads, increased competition between pavement industries can lower prices and save public money, writes Karl Downey.