EU carbon market ‘backloading’ plan set for new vote

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EU: Negotiators from political groups in the European Parliament’s environment committee reached a tentative compromise on a fix for the world’s biggest carbon market, according to a European Union lawmaker. The deal needs backing by political groups before a vote on the measure scheduled for June 19 (Bloomberg)

In April MEPs voted against a plan to hold back 900m carbon credits from the next phase of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

UN: Pacific Island proposals to move UN climate negotiations forward by focusing on the technical aspects of cutting greenhouse gas emissions appear to have received a favourable hearing at talks in Bonn. (RTCC)

Sweden: Facebook has opened a new data centre powered by renewable energy, which it says is ‘potentially its greenest data centre’ yet (BusinessGreen)

Australia: The chairman of Tony Abbott’s proposed business advisory council, Maurice Newman, has called for the renewable energy target (RET) to be scrapped because he believes the scientific evidence for global warming and the economic case for renewable energy no longer stack up. (Guardian)

UK: Cambridge has started a £1bn community programme to help cut the city’s carbon emissions. The UK’s target of an 80% cut in carbon emissions by 2050 was described by Professor Douglas Crawford-Brown, of the Cambridge Retrofit Project, as one of the most ambitious in the world. (BBC)

Germany: Current emissions and mitigation policies have left the world on a trajectory to warm by 4C by 2100, a new report by Climate Action Tracker (CAT) warns. (RTCC)

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