Climate change

Electricity 22-03-2017

The true picture of the German Energiewende

Despite broad public acceptance, investments in renewable energy sources in Germany and the EU have been dramatically decreasing. The failing legislation and exclusion of citizen investments in renewables are jeopardising the Energiewende, writes Hans-Josef Fell.

Energy 21-03-2017

Bioenergy policy being driven by ‘alternative facts’

Today is the International Day of Forests: 1.6 billion people rely on them for their livelihoods; they are home to more than 80% of the terrestrial life; and they’re a crucial bulwark against climate change, writes Linde Zuidema.

Magic tricks in the forest: When member states make their emissions vanish

Countries are free to manage their forests as they choose, but reducing them to a tool of light-fingered carbon accounting can leave world deprived of vital carbon sinks, writes Hannah Mowat.

 

Aviation 07-03-2017

Aviation biofuels: Won’t get fooled again

Biofuels are being touted as a solution to the problem of aviation emissions. But previous experience shows us we must take care to ensure they are not actually worse for the environment than the kerosene they replace, writes Carlos Calvo Ambel.

ETS reform agreement catches its architect by surprise

On Tuesday evening (28 February), the European Council agreed its position on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). MEP Ian Duncan admits he didn’t really see it coming.

Global Europe 28-02-2017

Binding rules for business, rights for people

Legally-binding rules for transnational corporations on human rights are extremely important, as voluntary measures are not enough, and it’s an opportunity for the EU to take a leading role, explains Anne Van Schaik.

Southern Gas Corridor’s dubious contribution to energy security

Advertised by the EU as the silver bullet that will free Europe from its dependency on Russian gas, the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is highly unlikely to ensure energy security and might in fact end up channelling Russian gas, warns Xavier Sol.

Europe leads sustainable development agenda

Sustainability should be integrated as a leitmotif and goal of every policy formulated and implemented, writes Stuart Reigeluth.

Matching realism and ambition in aluminium recycling

Ambitious yet realistic targets for all packaging materials are essential to building a truly circular economy in Europe, writes Maarten Labberton.

Energy 17-02-2017

A Canadian circular economy reality

Edmonton has become the first city which turns all non-compostable and non-recyclable household waste into methanol, ethanol and green chemicals. Europe should take notice, writes Lambert van Nistelrooij.

Energy 14-02-2017

Split cement lobby forces MEPs to choose ahead of climate emissions vote

MEPs must pick between progressive and regressive wings of the cement sector in Wednesday’s vote on the Emissions Trading Scheme, writes James Nix.

10-02-2017

Smog-plagued Poland tries to escape tag as ‘Europe’s China’

Poland’s government has finally promised action after air pollution provoked the ire of the general public. However, Marek Józefiak wonders if Warsaw will dare to take action that will affect their coal-centred vision of economy.

09-02-2017

Will bioplastics repeat the biofuels saga?

It took years for politicians to wake up to the destructive impact of biofuels, in no small part because of their green-sounding name. With bioplastics we risk falling into the same trap, argues Meadhbh Bolger.

Energy 07-02-2017

The future of clean coal and Europe’s new geopolitics of energy

Climate change denialism may have swept the Trump Administration, but the fight against global warming and greenhouse gases remains at the top of the agenda for most other international organisations and governments, writes Nicolas Tenzer.

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Transport 07-02-2017

A once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix Dieselgate

To restore consumer trust, the European Parliament must agree an overhaul of EU rules for approving and checking a vehicle’s performance. It is now or never, writes Monique Goyens.

Energy 07-02-2017

Energy Union is about re-inventing our economy

The European Commission's Winter Package of Energy Union laws will be a turning point for clean energy, writes Maroš Šefčovič. But the spirit of the package goes further than clean energy or tackling climate change – it’s also about economic transformation, he argues.

02-02-2017

What Finland doesn’t want you to know about its forests

Forests are considered the nation’s ‘green gold’ in Finland. But the government's new climate and energy strategy means their potential as a carbon sink will halve in the coming years, reducing the ability to use forests as a buffer against climate change, writes Satu Hassi.

Transport 01-02-2017

Europe needs its own Apollo program

The election of Donald Trump took Europe by surprise. What followed did not: Trump is surrounding himself with like-minded people, writes Juraj Mesik.

Trade & Society 31-01-2017

Wildlife protection: Leveraging the EU-Japan trade deal

The EU-Japan trade deal is an opportunity to encourage Japan to stop flouting multilateral environmental agreements, writes Joanna Swabe.

Digital 26-01-2017

How digital buildings can increase Europe’s energy efficiency

Digitalisation opens up new avenues for us in many areas and modern technologies make our lives easier and more enjoyable. The EU’s pursuit of progress is admirable but constantly setting new targets is not always the best way to promote innovation, writes Herbert Reul.

26-01-2017

Parliament must defend effective carbon price for material sectors

A coming vote in the European Parliament will help decide whether the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will drive necessary low-carbon investment in Europe’s industry over the next decade, write Karsten Neuhoff and Oliver Sartor.

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.

20-01-2017

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.

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.