Climate change

Electricity 16-03-2017

German solar power association: Europe far from being energy pioneer

Solar energy will be critical to German and European efforts to decarbonise their economies. EURACTIV Germany reports on what contribution local schemes can make to European energy policy.

Paper boss: EU’s Circular Economy Package could have been more ambitious

The European Commission’s Circular Economy Package could have been more ambitious, the director-general of the Confederation of European Paper Industries said in an interview about recycling, Brussels red tape and the shift to a low-carbon economy.

Energy 27-02-2017

Westinghouse: Only Ukraine applies EU’s nuclear diversification policy

EXCLUSIVE / Unlike the five EU member states with Russian-built nuclear power plants, Ukraine is the only country implementing EU requirements for diversified portfolios of fuel supply, Michael Kirst, an official at Westinghouse, told EURACTIV.com.

Digital 07-02-2017

Rockefeller Foundation chief: Resilient cities harness the power of data

Michael Berkowitz, an expert on resilient cities, praises the work done by many European municipalities in preparing for risks linked to climate change, for example. But Europe should relax its privacy laws in order to better harness the power of data and deal with other emerging challenges, he claimed.

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.

Lambert: Being an MEP doesn't stop me going on demos.
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.

Norwegian waste expert: Germany should lead, not slow down progress

The proposed 2030 waste targets are ambitious, but achievable, EURACTIV Slovakia learned from Henrik Lystad, deputy director of the Norwegian Association of Waste Management and chair of the European Compost Network.

Euro & Finance 14-12-2016

OFCE’s Timbeau: A high carbon tax would help end economic stagnation

EU leaders should see public debt reduction as a long-term challenge and not be afraid of making investments for the future. Cutting debts quickly can increase unemployment and make a country worse off, Xavier Timbeau told EURACTIV France.

Development Policy 13-12-2016

Brundtland: Climate change fight must continue, despite ‘US going in another direction’

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland told EURACTIV’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro that public awareness and civil society action is equally important as political commitment in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030.

05-12-2016

US general: EU leaders must pressure Trump over climate change scepticism

European Union leaders must heap pressure on Donald Trump over his climate change scepticism because global warming poses a global security threat, a retired US general has told EURACTIV.com.

24-11-2016

Commission official: ‘Bioeconomy is a unique opportunity to address societal challenges’

More and more member states are adopting bioeconomy plans and the EU is actively encouraging its Central and Eastern European partners to develop their own strategies. EURACTIV Slovakia talked to the Commission’s John Bell about the issue.

Energy 17-11-2016

Renewables energy expert: “They are gambling away a huge opportunity”

The EU has some big plans in climate protection, as well as the targets of the Paris Agreement to meet. The road ahead seems bumpy, especially since leaked Commission documents revealed renewable energy will be bumped down the list of priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.

14-11-2016

World Bank economist: ‘Better climate risk management could save the poor billions each year’

Natural disasters plunge 26 million people into poverty every year, according to a new report by the World Bank. The organisation believes the efficiency of aid could be improved by targeting climate risk management efforts on the most vulnerable, Stéphane Hallegatte told EURACTIV France.

09-11-2016

UfM representative: ‘Obligation’ to protect Mediterranean from climate change

COP22 kicked off this week and achieving the goals set by the last instalment in Paris will top the agenda of the Marrakesh conference. EURACTIV Spain spoke with Miguel García-Herraiz about the climate challenges facing the countries that border the Mediterranean.

Energy 08-11-2016

LUKoil vice president: EU taxes are killing the refinery business

LUKoil would be delighted to sell the EU gas, but it cannot, as Gazprom has a monopoly on Russia's gas exports. However, the gas LUKoil discovered on the Romanian shelf will directly supply the EU, Leonid Fedun told EURACTIV.com.

08-11-2016

What President Trump could mean for energy and climate policy

Before Donald Trump was elected America's new president in yesterday’s elections (8 November), experts told EURACTIV.com that his presidency would have a corrosive effect on global and EU climate and energy policy.

08-11-2016

Hakima El Haite: ‘We will have to start drawing up action plans’ at COP22

A successful COP22 will address the issues of the oceans, the role of women in climate action and the deployment of private and public finance to help the vulnerable, Hakima El Haite said in an interview with EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune.

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. EURACTIV.de spoke with European Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer about the issue.

Trade & Society 19-10-2016

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

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.

17-10-2016

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 EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 27-09-2016

German researcher: Free trade can cushion impact of climate change on agriculture

Poor harvests, hunger and rising food prices: Climate change threatens food production around the world. The solution to all of this could be free trade, researcher Hermann Lotze-Campen told EURACTIV Germany.

French expert: ‘Polluters should help state pay for air quality monitoring’

Societal change will prove just as important as financial investment in the effort to improve air quality. But air quality monitoring is central to this effort, Bernard Garnier told EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement.

PVC boss: ‘We will not change our reputation in one day’

IKEA’s decision in the 1990s to ban PVC from its furniture and textile products had a devastating impact on the industry’s reputation. But 15 years after phasing out the most toxic chemicals, the PVC sector believes it is now ready to gain acceptance as a sustainable material, says Brigitte Dero.

Transport 15-09-2016

Norway minister: ‘Petrol and diesel engines in cars are a thing of the past’

Politicians should be less concerned with protecting the polluting industries of the past and invest instead in the future, said Vidar Helgesen, calling on policymakers to speed up the transition to a green economy with environmental taxation schemes.