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29/05/2016

Low-carbon transition needs spark of revamped market design

Climate & Environment


EU nature directives: The trust of millions in Juncker's hands

The European Commission’s decision on the future of the EU Nature Directives is not just a test of trust in the EU's protection of our nature. it is also a test of President Juncker’s commitment to maintaining unity and solidarity, write Stanley Johnson and Olaf Tschimpke in an exclusive op-ed for EurActiv.com.
Agriculture & Food 27-05-2016

French food waste could feed ten million people

France wastes enough food every year to feed ten million people, or cut national greenhouse gas emissions by 3%, according to a study published on Thursday (26 May) by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).  EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Belgium failing to protect Brussels eurocrats from killer fumes

EXCLUSIVE / The Belgium government has failed to protect workers in Brussels’ EU quarter from deadly traffic fumes, according to legal action filed against it by the European Commission.

Poland approves logging in primeval forest

Polish environmental authorities have given the go-ahead for substantial logging in Europe’s last primeval forest, despite protests from environmental groups and the EU. EurActiv’s partner Joural de l'Environnement reports.

UN climate talks flesh out landmark Paris pact

Climate diplomats wrapped up technical talks Thursday (26 May) saying they were on the right track but still far from delivering on the promise of the historic pact forged in December.

Timmermans: We must convince Europe the era of meddlesome EU rules is over

The European Commission must convince people and businesses that the era of meddlesome EU regulation is over, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans admitted today (26 May), before warning that would take "some time".
Energy 26-05-2016

New Deal needed to combat energy poverty

As I write this, an elderly person is deciding whether they can afford to heat their home, a parent is choosing a warm meal over a cold bath for their child, and a household wonders if it can pay its bills. This is unacceptable, writes MEP Theresa Griffin.
Agriculture & Food 26-05-2016

Scrapping EU biofuels targets is the right thing to do

The biofuel lobby decries plans to scrap biofuel targets. Ending support for harmful and costly biofuels is the only right thing to do, writes Marc-Olivier Herman.
Energy 26-05-2016

Putting innovation at the heart of the Energy Union

As the European Commission elaborates its Energy Union strategy, and as national and local governments plan their contribution to the union’s aims of energy security, decarbonisation and cost-efficiency, they need to create an environment that nurtures innovation in policy, technology and business models, write Pascal Lamy and Philip Lowe.
Energy 25-05-2016

The game behind France's carbon price floor

The carbon pricing measures announced by French President François Hollande will unfairly benefit EDF, the energy company's competitors have said.  EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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EU Matters with Statoil

Brendan Hodgson spoke to Anders Marvik, VP EU Political Affairs at Statoil to discuss the main issues currently facing the energy sector and why the EU matters.

Commission welcomes North Korea's 'embrace' of Paris climate agreement

The European Commission has welcomed North Korea’s announcement it is ready to “embrace” the Paris Agreement to cap global warming.


Development Policy 24-05-2016

Come on, donors, be courageous!

The first World Humanitarian Summit takes place in Istanbul today (23 May) and tomorrow. It should be used as an opportunity by donors to put more trust in the people being granted aid, so the recipients can start determining the course of their own lives, writes Merle Kreibaum.
UK & Europe 24-05-2016

Brexit campaign leadership dominated by climate-sceptics

INVESTIGATION/ Leading figures in the Vote Leave referendum campaign to take Britain out of the EU have links to a controversial climate-sceptic think tank and question the science behind global warming.

What would Brexit mean for the environment?

With only a month to go before the UK referendum, a narrow range of issues has dominated the debate, leaving many others, including working conditions, international development and the environment firmly in the shadows, write Viviane Gravey and Andrew Jordan.
Energy 24-05-2016

The EU needs bioenergy - and it must be sustainable

Over the past few months, tense debates on the sustainability of biomass used for energy production have arisen. Most stakeholders seem to agree on one point: we need an EU policy to ensure the sustainability of biomass, writes Harri Laurikka.

Fossil fuel industry: Divest or be divested

April marked the twelfth month in a row where a new global temperature record has been set. May has also broken records: thousands of climate activists all over the world called for an end to fossil fuels during the global “Break Free Week”, write Reinhard Bütikofer and Marjan Minnesma.
Health & Consumers 20-05-2016

Waste water: A world under your feet

Removing waste water is a vital service which protects public health and the water environment. The Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive has been one of the EU’s success stories of the last 25 years, writes Jean Pierre Silan.

Forestry emissions and the EU’s risky LULUCF debate

Proposed changes in the way the EU accounts for land use and land use change (LULUCF) emissions are scientifically flawed and could lead to dangerous global warming, writes Hannah Mowat.

Indonesia deepens reliance on coal power despite COP 21 commitments

Indonesia, already one of the world's biggest carbon emitters, plans to build a further 100 coal-fired power stations by 2019. This would seriously jeopardise the country’s COP 21 commitments. EurActiv France reports.

Commission fails ‘Better Regulation’ test on Circular Economy Package

Better regulation, rather than providing better protection has served as an entry point for some business lobby groups to delay and weaken one of Europe’s major environmental policies, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

Paris agreement requires agriculture emissions target to succeed

The Paris climate agreement was historic. Some 177 nations signed the Paris treaty to limit warming to at least 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100. Yet the question remains – are countries clear on how they will get there? asks Dr Lini Wollenberg.
Sustainable Dev. 13-05-2016

OECD: Corruption costs water sector €66 billion a year

Water is arguably the world’s most precious, if not always most expensive, resource. The OECD is looking to prioritise cooperation between sectors and new forms of financing. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Energy 12-05-2016

Low-carbon transition needs spark of revamped market design

Europe is committed to the decarbonisation of its economy, a goal clearly reaffirmed at the COP21 in Paris. To reach this goal, the electrification of sectors which would otherwise only have limited decarbonisation prospects will be crucial, writes Hans ten Berge.