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03/05/2016

EU leaders must show greater ambition on climate action

Climate & Environment


The ultimate disruptor is Mother Nature

The Paris Agreement to tackle global warming is bigger than most realise and may be the signal that the marketplace was waiting for to unleash investment in clean technologies, writes Alice Garton.
Energy 02-05-2016

Germany's nuclear providers set to be hit with massive atomic phase out bill

German energy companies should pay €23.34 billion into a state fund to finance the country's phase out of nuclear power. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Commission takes Germany to task over water pollution

Brussels has announced that it will prosecute Germany in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for failing to take effective measures against water pollution caused by nitrates. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

EU court overturns carbon market free quotas in blow for big polluters

Europe's highest court on Thursday (28 April) ruled that the European Commission's calculation for handing out free carbon permits to industries was flawed, raising the prospect of higher costs for big energy users.
Energy 28-04-2016

Cañete: EU needs €200 billion more in energy investment

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete today (28 April) said  that the Juncker Plan had mitigated a slump in energy and environment funding. EurActiv Spain reports.

The EU must save the Bialowieza Forest

The future of Poland’s pristine Bialowieza Forest is at stake, but short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Europe’s last primeval forest, writes Luc Bas.
Energy 28-04-2016

Cities want to deliver on energy efficiency, but fear obstacles

Local and regional governments are crucial to a more energy efficient Europe. Accounting rules should help deliver not hinder the creation of climate and security-friendly jobs and growth from this sector, write Tine Heyse, Eva Schobesberger and Valentí Junyent i Torras.

Lucas: ‘Worrying’ link between Leave camp and climate change denial

Energy policies would be rolled back, demand for environmental experts would drop and Britain's voice in global climate change talks would be lost if it votes to leave the EU, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas told EurActiv’s partner edie.net in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 27-04-2016

EU wants to boost Arctic ties with Russia despite Ukraine tensions

The EU is ready to step up cooperation with Russia on the future of the Arctic despite tensions between Brussels and Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday (27 April).
Trade & Society 27-04-2016

TTIP: Chevron lobbied for controversial legal right as 'environmental deterrent'

Chevron lobbied the EU to give foreign investors the legal right to challenge government decisions in a major US-EU trade deal because it would act as a deterrent against laws such as fracking bans, the Guardian can reveal.
Sustainable Dev. 27-04-2016

Forestry carbon credit loophole could be used to game climate commitments

EXCLUSIVE / Weaknesses in the oversight of the European Union’s forestry sector has exposed it to the risk of being used to game government climate commitments and scoop up millions of euros worth of carbon credits.
Sustainable Dev. 26-04-2016

MEPs push for 2025 carbon market review to boost climate action

EXCLUSIVE/ The EU’s Emissions Trading System – currently being reviewed – could be revised again in 2025 to bring it in line with stronger international climate targets called for by the Paris Agreement on global warming, under proposals being scrutinised by leading MEPs today.


Energy 26-04-2016

Ukraine commemorates 30th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident

Ukraine today (26 April) marks 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl killed thousands and forced a global rethink about the wisdom of relying on atomic fuel.

Biodiesel worse for the environment than fossil fuels, warn green campaigners

Instead of reducing emissions, using biodiesel in transport will increase polluting emissions by 4%, the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020, green campaigners have said.

Germany urged to rethink climate goals

German environmental groups have called upon the government to up national climate protection targets and have called a recent amendment to the country's Renewable Energy Act (EEG) "counterproductive". EurActiv Germany reports.

Paris climate deal: Countries with about half of global emissions to join this year

The White House has said countries accounting for about half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions would join the Paris climate agreement this year, bringing the agreement “within striking distance” of entering into force.  

UK diesel car emissions ‘five times over EU limit’

Claims by Westminster that it is "leading the push" for greater emissions testing in diesel cars have been branded as "misleading", after a government investigation revealed that some vehicles are still producing up to 12 times the EU maximum limit for road-tested emissions. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.

The EU needs to raise its climate ambition to secure investment in the future

The European Union must wake up to a new post-Paris Agreement reality. It needs an ambitious climate action plan to regain its credibility as a “climate leader” and send the right signals to investors, argues Hans-Josef Fell.

No turning back in the global fight against climate change

It is time we all seize upon the momentum from Paris to build a clean energy future for ourselves and our children and grandchildren, writes Anthony Luzzato Gardner on Earth Day.
NewsSpecial Report

Energy Union boss wants wave of public finance to spur building renovations

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission's Energy Union chief Maroš Šefčovič is pushing for new public financing instruments to kick-start a wave of building renovation in Europe.
Transport 22-04-2016

Fuel consumption test for passenger cars: Enough waiting

The European Commission has failed to live up to its promise of adopting a new test to measure the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of passenger cars and must now deliver as a matter of urgency, writes Monique Goyens in an open letter to the EU executive.

Signing the Paris climate agreement: Can the EU still be a leader?

More than 140 signatures to the Paris Agreement are expected in New York this Friday. This represents a broad majority of nations worldwide and expresses, once again, political commitment to the fight against climate change, writes Teresa Ribera.

After the ink has dried on the Paris Agreement

Over 100 governments are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change at a ceremony in New York on Friday (22 April), highlighting international support in the fight against global warming. But ratifying the deal will require more time, write Klaus Dingwerth and Jörn Richert.

EU leaders must show greater ambition on climate action

To show leadership abroad, the EU must show its credentials through commitment to action. 2016 offers the perfect moment to do this, by pushing through a significant package of climate and energy legislation, write Montserrat Mir, Wendel Trio and Eliot Whittington.