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Europe’s climate policy goals hinge on renewables, solar power

Climate & Environment

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.
Trade & Society 28-10-2016

The EU must learn from CETA shambles

After Wallonia finally agreed to not block CETA, Greenpeace’s Jorgo Riss argues that to start rebuilding its credibility, the EU must stop CETA because the deal cements the supremacy of trade above social, health and environmental concerns.

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.
Energy 27-10-2016

European Parliament's backing of fracking outrages critics

The European Parliament has welcomed more imports of fracked gas from the US, leading to criticism questioning the EU's commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change. EurActiv Germany reports.

Saving our wildlife requires radical policy change

Cute animals are social media stars. Facebook and Twitter are peppered with them. Beyond this fun factor though, animals rarely get the attention they deserve. Hopefully, this will change, writes Geneviève Pons, as WWF launches its Living Planet Report.

Transport 26-10-2016

UN will force shipping to clean up its act

The UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is pondering measures to cut shipping pollution and bring emissions into line with the Paris Agreement. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Energy 26-10-2016

Is Appliance-gate on the horizon?

Ahead of the annual review of Ecodesign and Labelling measures by the college of Commissioners, the executive was asked by political leaders and NGOs to unfreeze the Ecodesign and Labelling process, stalled for over a year, and to expand the scope of regulated products, Dr Yamina Saheb analyses the issue.
Energy 26-10-2016

Nuclear fusion project leader laments 'uncontrollable' political forces

Creating an experimental nuclear fusion reactor is an undertaking that has to face both technical and political challenges. Bernard Bigot, director general of the ITER project, told EurActiv Spain that the political forces are "more uncontrollable" though.
Energy 26-10-2016

Ian Duncan and the best laid schemes o' mice an' men

EurActiv’s Brian Maguire chats with Scottish MEP Ian Duncan, the Conservatives spokesman for energy and climate change in the European Parliament, in the latest in ‘Over A Beer’ video series.
Sustainable Dev. 25-10-2016

EU ‘asleep at the wheel’ as China and US race ahead in renewables

The European Union, will in the next five years, fall behind the US and China in the deployment of renewables, according to the International Energy Agency.
Energy 24-10-2016

Paris withdraws plans for carbon tax on coal

Pressure from the miners' and energy workers' union CGT forced the French government to back down on extending the carbon tax to coal-fired power stations. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Energy 21-10-2016

German solar power and its struggles on the global market


Almost 49,000 employees, about 3.7 million installations and a saving of more than 28 million tonnes of CO2 last year alone: the German solar industry is impressive. But it is going to need freer trade and new ideas if it is to remain an important player in Germany’s energy transition. EurActiv Germany reports.

Transport 20-10-2016

German transport minister refuses to shoulder blame for Dieselgate

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has claimed that Berlin bears no responsibility for Dieselgate, telling a European Parliament committee that "Volkswagen cheated, so Volkswagen is responsible." EurActiv Germany reports.

Fighting climate change needs multi-dimensional capacity building

Capacity building is a concept that emerged in international development circles during the 1990s, in order to address the obstacles that inhibit people, governments and NGOs from realising their development goals, writes Dr Mike Cherrett.

Corporate accountability: Is the EU ready to listen?

The European Commission should start listening to its citizens and come out with concrete plans to enhance corporate accountability, at home and abroad, urge Jerome Chaplier, Urs Rybi and Sandra Cossart.
Elections 20-10-2016

Bütikofer: Green parties 'are not so limited in our reach as we once were!'

Pan-European polls do not paint a pleasant picture for the continent's green parties: if elections were to be held today, they would only win a quarter of the 50 seats they currently hold in the European Parliament. spoke with European Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer about the issue.
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Trade & Society 19-10-2016

Fjellner MEP: EU tariffs on Chinese solar imports are a Commission-backed cartel

SPECIAL REPORT / EU trade defence measures on solar imports from China are, in effect, a European Commission-backed cartel, which benefits only German and Chinese panel producers and makes the fight against climate change more expensive, Christofer Fjellner MEP has said.
Energy 19-10-2016

The EU’s dangerous biomass delusion

Bioenergy advocates claim that Europe’s forests are well managed and don’t contribute to global warming. Yet, biomass production in Europe is projected to rely more and more on materials that have a high risk of increasing greenhouse gas emissions, writes Linde Zuidema.

Europe must step up its game to reach Paris climate goals

Business as usual is not good enough anymore. For the EU to stay at the top of the class on climate action, it urgently needs to review its targets and boost its post-2020 efforts, writes Wendel Trio.
Energy 18-10-2016

ETS emissions fall as EU cuts surplus carbon quotas

Greenhouse gas emissions from the main sectors covered by the European carbon market fell between 2014 and 2015, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Trade & Society 18-10-2016

400 companies, NGOs demand immediate end of trade measures on Chinese solar

SPECIAL REPORT / More than 400 companies from across the European Union, and leading environmental NGOS, have demanded the immediate end of punitive trade measures on solar panels and cells imported from China.

Greek WWF chief: Debt solution should be linked to ‘greener’ economy

Europe should explore creative ways to provide relief to indebted countries like Greece, if they pursue green investments and accelerate the switch to a sustainable economy, WWF’s Demetres Karavellas told

HFC deal big step in fighting climate change

They went to Kigali, Rwanda, to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work.
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Energy 17-10-2016

Europe's climate policy goals hinge on renewables, solar power

SPECIAL REPORT / The Paris Agreement on climate change is an international commitment that can only be kept by the European Union if effective, consistent policy drives the shift to a low-carbon economy through action which boosts renewable energy such as solar power.