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India accuses EU of hindering global aviation deal

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Europe: The European Union’s plan to keep its curbs on pollution from airlines is the main hindrance to an international agreement on a carbon market for the industry, according to a senior Indian official. An accord discussed by the International Civil Aviation Organization would not authorise EU measures to keep its curbs on pollution from airlines prior to the global deal unless other states agree, said Prashant Sukul, India’s representative to the United Nations agency. (Business Week)

Asia: Members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) agreed on Monday to establish joint efforts for the development of renewable energy in the 21 member economies. (Jakarta Post)

UK: Anti-fracking protesters have begun a slow withdrawal from their camp outside an exploratory oil drilling plant in West Sussex. Campaigners have promised to vacate the site, which became the national focus of anti-fracking sentiment, by 8 October, but say they will come back if energy company Cuadrilla returns. (Guardian)

UK: The UK has pledged to provide ÂŁ3.87 billion to support developing countries tackle low carbon development, protect forests and assist the poorest of nations around the world adapt to the impacts of climate change. (All Africa)

China: The Ministry of Finance announced it will offer tax breaks to manufacturers of solar power products on Sunday, as China moves to support an industry still struggling to deal with massive overcapacity and weak demand. (Reuters)

UK: Conservatives are set to promise companies at the next general election their energy bills will not go up as a result of efforts to tackle climate change. Climate change minister Greg Barker said the Tories would seek to assist firms by making sure international objectives to lower CO2 emissions do not damage their business prospects. (Politics.co.uk)

Poland: Poland could be acting in direct violation of EU regulations if it goes ahead with the construction of two new units at its Opole power plant by failing to assess the units for their ability to incorporate carbon capture and storage technology. (RTCC)

 

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