The Juncker Commission is less interested in a Europe that responds to citizens’ needs or achieving a transition to a sustainable economic model, and more interested in pandering to short-term business interests, writes Jeremy Wates, but gives the President the chance to prove himself.
The EU has released its first quotas for HFCs as part of a plan to phase out the refrigeration gasses. There is broad global consensus on the subject, but oil-producing countries in the Gulf region are holding up an international agreement. EurActiv France reports.
According to a paper from the German Economic Affairs Ministry, the government plans to impose carbon dioxide reductions on energy providers. But Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel denies the plan would forcefully shut down outdated coal-fired power plants. EurActiv Germany reports.
The European biodiesel industry has claimed that the carbon savings of biofuels have been underestimated by the European Commission. But the reasoning behind the assertion is flawed, writes Nusa Urbancic.
EXCLUSIVE: EU legislation to ensure gender equality on company boards, to extend maternity leave, and to reduce air pollution and landfill should be killed off, a leading business lobby organisation has told the European Commission.
The Commission is launching an enquiry into the controversial dam at Sivens, in France’s Tarn department. A procedure for breach of European environmental law could be launched against France. EurActiv France reports.
Global investment in climate change reduction has fallen for the second year in a row, a drop of $28 billion from 2012, and far below estimates of what is needed, according to research published yesterday (20 November).