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.

20-09-2017

Scrapping old cars and boilers: Hulot’s first measures for decarbonising France

The French minister for ecological transition and solidarity fleshes out four measures of his climate plan. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

19-09-2017

Britain to end love affair with coal and cash in on health savings

Britain has announced the phase-out of coal-fired power plants by 2025, ending its 250-year-long love affair with coal, in a move welcomed by health practitioners

Transport 18-09-2017

Scientists link ‘Dieselgate’ to 5,000 premature deaths per year in Europe

Emissions from diesel cars rigged to appear eco-friendly may be responsible for 5,000 extra deaths from air pollution per year in Europe alone, according to a new study published on Monday (18 September).

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.

Climate change 14-09-2017

Parliament adds forest ‘sinks’ to EU’s 2030 carbon budget

MEPs approved new rules on Wednesday (13 September) accounting for the "negative emissions" from forestry as part of the EU’s 2030 climate change policy, a move welcomed by conservationists but which scientists warn risks creating incentives to burn cheap biomass.

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 06-09-2017

German minister: Berlin needs to halve coal capacity by 2030 to meet Paris goals

Germany would have to shut 25 gigawatts (GW), half its current total coal-fired power station capacity, by 2030 to meet carbon-cutting targets it has committed to under the Paris Agreement, deputy economy minister Rainer Baake said on Tuesday (5 September).

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.

05-09-2017

Merkel doubles funding to help German cities fight air pollution

Angela Merkel has pledged a further €500m to help German cities fight air pollution caused by diesel cars, as a scandal strangling the automobile industry threatened to engulf politicians at the height of an election campaign.

31-08-2017

Tougher car emission tests start in EU, welcomed by consumers

Tougher and more realistic emissions tests for cars and vans take effect in the EU on Friday (1 September), a measure welcomed by the auto industry and consumer groups, coming on the heels of the Dieselgate scandal that shook the bloc, particularly Germany.

31-08-2017

Air pollution almost as bad for babies as smoking during pregnancy

Dirty air can lead to women giving birth to smaller babies, according to new research which also warns that exposure to air pollution during pregnancy rivals the damage done by smoking.

Climate change 23-08-2017

Dangerous global warming unstoppable without geo-engineering, says study

The international community has already missed its chance to limit global warming to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study by Switzerland-based researchers. But a solution to the problem could lie in geo-engineering technologies.

Energy 18-08-2017

Norway close to becoming planet’s first ‘fully electrified society’

Norway has the renewable resources and political will to become the world’s first country to use entirely clean electricity for its power demands, according to a new report by Energi Norge, a non-profit industry group representing Norwegian electricity companies.

18-08-2017

World’s largest cruise operator closes in on 2020 emissions target

The world's largest leisure travel company, the Carnival Corporation, looks set to achieve a 25% reduction in carbon emissions before a 2020 deadline, after championing liquefied natural gas (LNG) on cruise ships. EURACTIV's partner edie.net reports.

17-08-2017

New EU rules for lower power plant emissions take effect

The European Commission on Thursday (17 August) published tighter new standards for the bloc's most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, giving them four years to meet the lower emission standards.

17-08-2017

US renewable energy growth helped prevent thousands of deaths

New research has revealed that up to 12,700 deaths were prevented over a nine-year-period in the United States, thanks to an increase in renewable energy use and tighter regulation.

The EU and Switzerland link their carbon markets

The world’s first carbon trading system has found a new partner in Switzerland. EURACTIV France reports.

Transport 14-08-2017

Schulz uses dieselgate to invigorate his campaign

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief challenger in a September election, Martin Schulz, launched a stinging attack on the country's dieselgate-tainted car industry on Sunday (13 August) as he sought to turn around a flagging campaign.

Transport 08-08-2017

German financial watchdog probing carmakers’ ‘cartel’

Germany's financial regulator confirmed on Monday (7 August) it is investigating whether Volkswagen and Daimler failed to notify investors properly following reports that they informed cartel authorities of secret talks with other carmakers that could amount to collusion.

07-08-2017

UK government adviser warns electric cars are not total air pollution solution

Cars must be driven out of cities to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, not just replaced with electric vehicles, according to the UK government’s top adviser. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Transport 03-08-2017

Dieselgate: How and where it all started

German government officials and automakers met in Berlin on Wednesday (2 August) to discuss the future of diesel vehicles, after a nearly two-year saga of scandal spread from Volkswagen to others in the sector. Here's a reminder of how it all started.

03-08-2017

UK roads could be covered with ‘tunnels’ to fight air pollution

Major roads in the United Kingdom could be turned into tunnels covered with pollution-absorbing material in an effort to cut emission fumes and improve air quality. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

01-08-2017

Dawn of new EU emissions rules could sound death knell for coal power

New EU rules formally agreed on Monday (31 July) mean power plants will have to cut pollutants, with the cost of compliance estimated to be over €15bn. Environmental groups predict that the logical next step is widespread closures of the most polluting coal-powered plants.

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