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Lagarde calls for a ‘green economy’, and supports carbon charges for transport

The head of the International Monetary Fund has said the economic growth needed to get the world’s economies back to health must be ‘on a different track than before the crisis’. Christine Lagarde’s comments came just after a number of ex-finance ministers wrote to today’s European finance ministers, asking them to shift the burden from income tax and VAT on to carbon and energy taxes.

Smarter ‘grandfathering’ policy could be the breakthrough on biofuels

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A report commissioned by T&E and two other environmental NGOs says the EU can deal successfully with the troublesome issue of indirect land-use change (Iluc) in biofuels production by taking a more enlightened approach to the principle of ‘grandfathering’.

Warnings show time is running out for tackling climate change

Extreme warnings about the consequences of delaying action to tackle climate change have come from two sources in the last month. The International Energy Agency (IEA) says a global climate deal must be agreed by 2017 if global temperatures are to be kept under control, and an American institute says global warming is happening faster than the most pessimistic scenarios have predicted.

Proposals for new transport funds make little progress on decarbonised future

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The Commission has published a package of proposals for spending the EU’s structural and infrastructure funds. It has also created a new vehicle for funding trans-European transport and energy networks, to be known as the ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ (CEF). T&E says they make too little progress on achieving the EU’s environmental goals.

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