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24/01/2017

EU earmarks €4 million investment for Colombian energy projects

Climate & Environment


Hamon outclasses presidential rival Valls on green issues

Benoît Hamon’s late sally into the French presidential race has added another intriguing player to the equation. EurActiv’s partner Journal de l’Environnement takes a look at Hamon and fellow Socialist candidate Manuel Valls in terms of their environmental credentials.
Transport 24-01-2017

Four trends that could clean up road transport

The move towards autonomous vehicles, driven by the progressive electrification of transport, and backed up by road pricing schemes, all carry the potential of radically cleaning up Europe's transport system, writes Greg Archer.
Transport 24-01-2017

Paris rolls out driverless bus service to fight pollution and congestion

Paris yesterday (23 January) launched its first driverless electric shuttle bus service, aiming to curb congestion and pollution that many Parisians blame for a whole raft of health complaints.
Energy 23-01-2017

Survey: EU citizens supportive of conventional biofuels use

The vast majority of European citizens believe that food-based biofuels should be promoted by the EU, according to a new industry-funded opinion poll published today (23 January).
Energy 23-01-2017

Germany needs to start coal phase-out by 2019 to honour Paris targets

If Germany wants to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement then it must start phasing out coal as an energy source by the end of the decade, according to a major new study by WWF Germany. EurActiv Germany reports.

Emissions Trading Scheme by numbers

The EU’s Emission Trading Scheme reform took a huge step forward last year when the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted in favour of MEP Ian Duncan’s report. He talks us through the process and what happens next.
Health & Consumers 20-01-2017

Polish pollution akin to smoking 4,000 cigarettes a year

Air pollution made headlines in Poland this week but the issue was not the only thing to worry Poles, as lack of transparency and corruption in government once again reared their heads. EurActiv Poland reports.
Energy 20-01-2017

Low-carbon economy expert: ‘We must not accommodate Trump’

Germany is a rich country that can afford to pay off coal workers and invest millions of euros in the affected regions, E3G’s Sabrina Schulz told EurActiv Slovakia.
Agriculture & Food 20-01-2017

Organic farmers call for sustainability-driven CAP payments

The EU Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU) yesterday (19 January) sent a letter to EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan, calling for a “fundamentally new approach” to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

NASA issues climate warning before Trump inauguration

Last year was the hottest on record with temperatures rising across the planet, NASA has warned, just days before climate change denier Donald Trump takes over the US presidency.

Obama shores up Paris Agreement with last-minute $500m payment

Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris Agreement by transferring a second $500 million instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office. That leaves $2 billion unpaid as Donald Trump takes office.
Agriculture & Food 17-01-2017

Vice-versa: Germany's nitrate problem

Germany and the EU: How do they cooperate? Where do their approaches conflict and where are their interests aligned? EurActiv Germany's new Vice-Versa series will take a look at one issue from both a European and federal government perspective.


Energy 17-01-2017

Energising European recovery

Last year's Winter Energy Package contains the seeds of two fundamental economic and political requirements needed for the EU to prosper: returning some ‘power to the people’, alongside European investment and network integration, write a number of energy experts.

Spectre of Dieselgate hangs over Tajani on eve of presidential election

Favourite in tomorrow's (17 January) European Parliament presidency election Antonio Tajani is coming under increasing pressure for his role in the Volkswagen emissions test scandal. EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.

France's energy transition could create a million jobs

A group of French NGOs and trade unions has proposed an alternative route to translate Paris Agreement goals into social progress and jobs. The project would be financed using new resources and green monetary policy. EurActiv France reports.
Energy 13-01-2017

EU risks missing climate goals without ‘sustainable’ biofuels, experts warn

The European Commission’s proposal to gradually phase out "sustainable" first generation biofuels will prevent the EU from meeting its 2030 climate goals, experts claim.

From green bonds to solar roads: France's low-carbon revolution is taking shape

History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation. EurActiv's media partner edie.net reports.
Elections 13-01-2017

Greens' Parliament candidate: 'I'm actually radical'

One of the outside candidates for the European Parliament Presidency explains why a Brit, a woman and a Green should get the job – even if her respectable appearance and former job as a teacher doesn’t prevent her from going on demos.
Energy 10-01-2017

Real-time energy data open to all

Electricity suppliers are increasingly using real-time data to visualise Europe’s energy grid in order to carry out their day-to-day work and it is information that is open to everyone. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel provides an overview.

French mining code reform ignores climate objectives

The long-awaited reform of France's mining code is about to get under way. But the new text pays very little heed to the country's environmental objectives. EurActiv France reports.
Energy 09-01-2017

How can Energy Union governance help put efficiency first?

Energy efficiency markets are driven by legislation. This is why a strong energy efficiency directive supported by a robust governance mechanism are key to delivering the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, argue Monica Frassoni and Harry Verhaar.
Agriculture & Food 06-01-2017

German Environment Agency: ‘Tax animal products to tackle climate change’

Meat and dairy farming is more damaging to the environment than producing cereals, fruits or vegetables. Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has called for higher taxes on animal products, but the idea is controversial. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 04-01-2017

Commission proposal risks giving energy distributor foxes keys to henhouse

Energy distributors will play a crucial role in transforming Europe’s energy system. But as a self-interested industry group, empowering them to write and monitor the rules for it is a ludicrous way forward, warns Josh Roberts.
Energy 04-01-2017

EU earmarks €4 million investment for Colombian energy projects

The European Union is set to invest €4 million in Colombia to promote "unconventional" renewable energy projects after taking stock of a study carried out by the Development Bank of Central America (CAF). EurActiv Spain reports.