Sam Morgan

Climate change 16-10-2017

Oyster flatulence worries climate scientists

Plans to expand aquatic farming could have a serious knock-on effect on climate change, climate experts have warned after new research revealed that underwater shellfish farts produce 10% of the global-warming gases released by the Baltic Sea.

Energy 16-10-2017

Polish MEP under pressure on crucial EU energy saving law

An update of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive risks coming undone as a result of political infighting between the Polish lawmaker charged with helming the European Parliament’s revision of the legislation and much of his own political group, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Climate change 13-10-2017

Ministers attach ‘strict conditions’ to EU’s carbon safety reserve

A carbon “safety reserve” aimed at helping poorer EU member states cut emissions in the transport, building and agriculture sectors will be accessible only for countries that reach their 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets early.

Energy 12-10-2017

Buildings law gets preliminary stamp of approval from European Parliament

MEPs on Wednesday (11 October) backed a revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) after a draft report managed to win broad support from across the political spectrum in a key Parliament committee.

Energy 11-10-2017

Fire safety boosted by EU’s quest for efficient buildings

A revision of the EU’s buildings law is being used as an opportunity to bring fire safety into the heart of Brussels policymaking, as MEPs and NGOs alike hope to avoid a repeat of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Energy 10-10-2017

Renewables loophole threatens to dilute EU buildings law objectives

An oversight in the revised text of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) risks undermining the European Commission’s promise to place "efficiency first" across all EU energy legislation ahead of a defining vote in Parliament this week.

Energy 09-10-2017

Revision of EU buildings law offers chance for ‘multiple benefits’ wins

Renovating existing buildings and making sure new builds are fit for purpose are the crucial tenets of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which is being voted in the European Parliament's industry committee this week. EURACTIV.com takes a closer look at the detail of the revised bill.

Climate change 05-10-2017

MEPs urge EU to ratchet up climate ambitions ahead of UN summits

The European Parliament on Wednesday (3 October) backed a resolution that calls on the EU to increase its 2030 climate targets and to come up with a mid-century zero-emissions strategy by an all-important UN summit in 2018.

Climate change 03-10-2017

‘Thou shalt not burn coal’: Catholic institutions abandon fossil fuels en masse

Forty Catholic institutions from across the world will pull money out of fossil fuels this week, in the biggest single divestment made by religious institutions, including banks, universities and even the Italian town where Saint Francis of Assisi was born.

Armenia 02-10-2017

Armenia urged to ‘do homework’ to prepare for visa-free travel

Armenia’s government has been urged to start “internal preparations” for visa liberalisation, the process for which could be started at a summit in November.

Mercury trade on the up despite new UN treaty

Mercury mining has skyrocketed in the last five years, according to a new UN report, despite efforts to reduce supply.

Energy 29-09-2017

Central-Eastern European pipeline gets go-ahead

An ambitious gas pipeline project connecting Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria received a shot in the arm on Thursday (28 September), when all of the involved parties signed a memorandum of understanding for the project, a vital part of Europe's efforts to wean itself off Russian gas.

Climate change 27-09-2017

Climate and energy policy could decide next German government

Climate and energy policy could emerge as a make-or-break topic in Germany’s coalition negotiations, after Sunday’s election result put Angela Merkel’s Conservatives on a path to forming a government with the Liberal and Green parties.

Electricity 26-09-2017

EU plan to cap fossil fuel subsidies will stymie renewables, power utilities warn

A European Commission proposal aimed at capping fossil fuel subsidies across the EU could have perverse effects by promoting investment in new gas-fired fossil fuel power instead of renewable energies, according to a new study.

Brexit 25-09-2017

UK enters last-chance Brexit saloon as informal deadline looms

The EU and the UK launched another round of divorce talks on Monday (25 September) hoping to revive the stalled process after Prime Minister Theresa May hinted last week at some concessions that should please the EU.

Air Pollution 21-09-2017

EU auditors to assess anti-pollution efforts by testing Brussels air

The European Court of Auditors is to embark on a comprehensive review of the European Union’s efforts to curb air pollution, the main environmental cause of premature deaths in the EU.

The Brief: Should climate really end up on EU’s back burner?

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in Brussels, or in any part of Europe for that matter, who isn’t worried about climate change. So why isn’t the EU putting all its efforts into fighting this immense threat?

Climate change 18-09-2017

Trump told that Paris Agreement is ‘irreversible and non-negotiable’

The terms of the Paris Agreement are set in stone, the EU, China and Canada agreed at a summit in Montreal this weekend, while Washington was forced to deny that the US is planning to stay in the accord.

Energy 15-09-2017

Green groups say Greece granting illegal permits to polluting plants

Environmental activists have accused Greece of violating an international convention by directly granting permits to its national energy company and making it impossible for anyone to launch a legal challenge against them.

EU auditors praise water quality efforts in new member states

European Union funding has been well spent on improving drinking water quality by Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. But a funding gap could undermine progress made so far.

Politics 11-09-2017

The Brief: Will Juncker sugar-coat the #SOTEU?

So, Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his much-awaited State of the European Union (SOTEU) address on Wednesday morning. The big question is: will he sweep the threats to the EU’s future under the rug and focus instead on his own ‘vision for a new Europe’ or will he choose to shine a spotlight on them?

Electricity 11-09-2017

Poland to treat coal addiction by embracing nuclear power

Poland's ongoing large-scale investment in three new coal-fired power plants may be the country's last fossil fuel venture, its energy minister said on Wednesday (6 September), indicating a possible energy shift in the EU's largest eastern member amid revived plans to embrace nuclear power.

Energy 08-09-2017

EU lawmakers back 40% energy efficiency target for 2030

MEPs agreed on Thursday (7 September) to raise the bloc's proposed energy efficiency targets post-2020 in order to improve chances of meeting EU obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Climate change 06-09-2017

Abandoned wells pump thousands of tonnes of ‘fugitive’ emissions into North Sea

Thousands of tonnes of methane could be leaking into the North Sea every year from disused offshore oil and gas wells, according to a new study.