EU unveils green plan 'covering everything from air quality to the buildings we inhabit'

Reports that the European Union has unveiled a comprehensive plan to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that "nearly every major aspect of the European economy is to be re-evaluated in light of the imperatives of the climate and ecological emergency, according to sweeping new plans set out by the European commission on Wednesday". It says the "comprehensive nature of the European Green Deal – which encompasses the air we breathe to how food is grown, from how we travel to the buildings we inhabit – was set out in a flurry of documents as Ursula von der Leyen, the new commission president, made her appeal to member states and parliamentarians in Brussels to back the proposals, which would represent the biggest overhaul of policy since the foundation of the modern EU."

An article in The Telegraph says the plan would see EU carbon emissions hit net zero by 2050. It adds that the proposal "offers 100 billion euros to EU member states to help curb their global warming pollution but fossil-fuel reliant Eastern European countries are primed to fight the move."

The Telegraph reports that "the last coal-fired power plant in Wales will go dark on Friday afternoon". It says that "German power firm RWE is to stop generating electricity at the Aberthaw B Power Station in Vale of Glamorgan from this week and start a decommissioning process which will last until the end of March 2020."

An article in The Times (subscription) says that "an architectural masterpiece in central Glasgow that has been empty for decades has been named among Europe’s most at-risk buildings." The paper says the Egyptian Halls "has been shortlisted for a European programme that protects important architecture. If it is selected the Europa Nostra scheme will send experts to Glasgow to plan a restoration."


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