Energy & Environment

Electricity 15-12-2017

LIVE – Ministers hash out future of EU energy policy

EU energy ministers meet on Monday (18 December) in an attempt to find a common position on four crucial energy laws, ahead of fierce negotiations with the European Parliament expected early next year. Follow the latest developments here.

Agrifood 15-12-2017

English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, tests reveal

Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Energy 15-12-2017

UK gets Russian gas for Christmas, despite US sanctions

The United Kingdom will take direct delivery of Russian gas for the first time this month, after fears of a winter supply crisis pushed prices up. The deal is controversial because the provider is a Russian gas project that is the subject of US sanctions against Moscow.

Climate change 15-12-2017

Climate change means meat taxes are ‘increasingly probable’

Investors claim that the implementation of the Paris Agreement will lead to some governments introducing a "livestock levy" that cuts meat consumption from diets, in a move that could avoid up to $600 billon in climate damages by 2050. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.

Climate change 14-12-2017

EU strikes deal on zero emission target for forest sector by 2030

EU member states reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament on the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) regulation on Thursday (14 December), closing the trilogues ahead of a plenary vote in January.

Electricity 14-12-2017

France, Portugal and Spain to attend mini energy summit

Portugal will organise early next year a summit dedicated solely to energy interconnectors, as lawmakers work to end the Iberian peninsula’s energy market isolation.

Circular economy 14-12-2017

Chinese ban on plastic waste imports could see UK pollution rise

A ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government from January could see an end to collection of some plastic in the UK and increase the risk of environmental pollution, according to key figures in the industry. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

13-12-2017

Commission running late on climate reporting project

The Commission is working on its climate reporting project to be announced next spring, but Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis already announced support for a relaxation of prudential regulations for green projects. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 13-12-2017

Ireland emerges as big winner of fisheries Council

Fisheries ministers pulled an all-nighter to reach an agreement on fishing limits for 2018, giving Ireland more a €20m windfall. The Council says progress has been made to achieve sustainable management of fish stocks but NGOs say the new limits are above scientific advice. And the industry was caught gate-crashing, again.

Climate change 13-12-2017

EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action

The European commission has announced funding of €9bn (£8bn) for action on climate change, one of a flurry of measures from governments, businesses and investors aimed at achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.

Energy 13-12-2017

Poland’s new PM eyes atomic future

Poland is in no hurry to ditch coal power any time soon but the Eastern European country’s new prime minister insists nuclear energy and renewable sources are a part of Poland’s future energy mix.

Electricity 13-12-2017

EU research looks into large-scale integration of renewables

EDF and EirGrid, the leading French and Irish energy companies, have won €20 million under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop ways of integrating large amounts of intermittent renewable energy sources into the electricity grid.

Energy 13-12-2017

Corporate giants urge EU to back 35% renewables target

A coalition comprising some of the world’s biggest companies has urged EU energy ministers to back a 35% target for renewable energy when they meet in Brussels next Monday (18 December).

Energy 13-12-2017

EU bank delays decision on mega pipeline loan

The European Investment Bank on Tuesday (12 December) delayed a decision on whether to grant a multi-billion-euro loan to a controversial pipeline, after the bank’s board insisted it needs more time to assess the project.

Development Policy 13-12-2017

EU and Gates Foundation pledge €500 million for innovations in agriculture

The European Union together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged on Tuesday (12 December) more than €500 million over the next three years for research and innovation in agriculture.

Climate change 12-12-2017

The Brief : Paris agreement – two years on, EU gone?

Two years ago today, 196 countries signed up to what was hailed as the landmark Paris Agreement. But on its second anniversary, it is probably pertinent to wonder: is the EU still able to claim leadership when it comes to climate action?

Energy 12-12-2017

Renewable energy goal ‘not on the table’ at EU ministerial

Energy ministers from the 28 EU member states are expected to steer clear of potentially divisive talks on the bloc’s renewable energy target for 2030 in order to agree a “general approach” when they meet in Brussels next Monday (18 December).

Electricity 12-12-2017

EU countries mull scrapping plan to link up power grids

EXCLUSIVE / A flagship objective to link up 15% of Europe’s electricity networks by 2030 could be scrapped altogether from EU legislation as a number of member states resist a command-and-control approach to energy policy, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Agrifood 08-12-2017

Council and Parliament agree on ‘flexible’ fishing limits for North Sea

EU member states and Norway reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament late on Thursday night (7 December) on fishing limits in the North Sea ahead of next week's Fisheries Council.

Energy 08-12-2017

Energy Union vote opens EU Parliament rift

A partisan divide has emerged in the European Parliament over proposals to beef up the governance of the Energy Union, with conservative and centre-right lawmakers rejecting what they described as an “outdated”, “inflexible” approach supported by the Greens and left-wing parties.

Energy 08-12-2017

EU pins hopes on ‘regional forums’ to unlock electricity trade

A seamless pan-European energy market is still a long way off, but decisive steps can be taken now with stronger regional cooperation and the introduction of cross-border bidding zones for electricity, policymakers and industry experts argue.

Agrifood 08-12-2017

Are we crying wolf? A European tale of farmers vs. nature

Wolves have made a comeback in Europe, and politicians struggle to find the balance between nature and farmers. But some cry wolf.

Transport 07-12-2017

EU given oversight of national car approval

Negotiators from the European Parliament and the 28 member states have agreed a deal for EU oversight of national car approval authorities to prevent another Dieselgate scandal, despite resistance from Germany.

07-12-2017

UN agrees on resolution to combat ‘planetary crisis’ of ocean plastics

UN delegates at an environment summit in Kenya agreed on Wednesday (6 December) a new non-binding resolution intended to stop plastic waste from finding its way into the world’s oceans.