Greenhouse gas emissions fell by 2.5% last year despite growing GDP and coal consumption, according to the latest estimates by the European Environment Agency.
The European Commission is to investigate claims that Chinese manufacturers unfairly exporting solar panels into the region at a loss.
The EU and Australia have outlined plans to link their respective emissions trading schemes by 2018.
European retailers are no longer able to order new stocks of conventional incandescent light bulbs since the latest phase of the EU’s Ecodesign Directive came into force on Saturday.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has given the go ahead for a hydrogen clean energy hub in Aberdeen with backing of up to £3.3 million from the EU.
Energy company E.ON UK has confirmed plans to close its controversial Kingsnorth coal-fired power station by March next year.
The European Commission has given the thumbs up to EDF Energy’s plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset in the south of England.
Chinese per capita emissions of CO2 now stand at 7.2 tonnes, only just under the EU level of 7.5 tonnes, according to the latest figures from the European Commission.
The European Commission yesterday announced its preliminary shortlist of low-carbon projects in the running for up to €1.5 billion in funding.
The UK has taken top spot in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies drawn up by the not-for-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.