Energy & Environment

Electricity 14-08-2017

Cutting consumption is key to cutting energy bills

Westminster’s latest attempt to manage energy bills looks increasingly like an attempt to manage headlines about energy bills. Much more must be done to cut consumption, writes Tom Burke.

Energy 08-08-2017

US sanctions and Nord Stream 2: Every dog has its day?

The US’ new Russia sanctions only added fuel to the EU’s divisions over how to deal with Russian energy, write Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Bartosz Wiśniewski.

Global Europe 04-08-2017

New Russia sanctions: A European concern

Washington-Moscow relations are threatening to plummet even further after the US decided to impose new sanctions. The new penalties are likely to have an impact on European companies too. George Voloshin examines the situation in the second part of this op-ed. George Voloshin is head of the French branch of Aperio Intelligence, an independent corporate …

01-08-2017

The Capital Markets Union can deliver Europe a sustainable future

The European Commission’s mid-term review of the Capital Markets Union Action Plan shows it is serious about sustainable finance, but more remains to be done, write Christian Thimann and Steve Waygood.

Biofuels 31-07-2017

Wrong assumptions could lead to phase-out of conventional biofuels

The European Commission cannot be trusted in its call to invest in advanced biofuels as experience with first generation biofuels set a negative precedent, writes Elmar Baumann.

Climate change 27-07-2017

Gove’s ‘green’ Brexit will be hard to achieve

On top of weakening environmental protection in the UK, a hard Brexit would strengthen the influence of the EU’s climate sceptic governments and undermine the bloc’s commitments at home and abroad, writes Joseph Curtin.

Energy 26-07-2017

Nord Stream 2 will divide the EU, but new US sanctions will do more harm

Nord Stream 2 will increase Russia’s influence over its neighbours and divide the European Union. But US sanctions against the pipeline will do more harm than good.

25-07-2017

Time for Europe’s financial community to join the climate fight

Although many lessons have been learnt since the global crisis, the financial system is still not fit for purpose, in one crucial respect, warns Arlene McCarthy.

Energy 20-07-2017

The vote you’ve never heard of – and why it can change Europe’s investment climate

A revision of the EU accounting rules on the treatment of public-private energy performance contracts would allow massive injections of investment into the EU economy. Yet, there is opposition from some national statistical offices, writes Monica Frassoni.

Agrifood 19-07-2017

From the Monsanto Papers to IARC-gate: A glyphosate story

Renewing glyphosate’s authorisation is still one of the most controversial issues in the EU. The Monsanto Papers saga continues. André Heitz reveals the story behind the scandal.

19-07-2017

Winds of change: EU embarks on sustainable finance mission

Disturbing developments on the international political scene have only increased the resolve of the European Union to lead in taking action against the impact of climate change. Flavia Micilotta explains why financing is a key component.

Energy 19-07-2017

Poland’s cherry picking of EU energy rules makes no sense

When it comes to EU energy policy, Warsaw does not always adhere to the letter and the spirit of EU law and tends to select rules a la carte, adapting them to Poland's narrowly-defined interests, writes Danila Bochkarev.

13-07-2017

Reshaping the financial system as a tool for good

The European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivered its interim report today (13 July). Ingrid Holmes, one of the members of the group, explains how the financial system can help address long-term challenges such as climate change.

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Electricity 12-07-2017

Europe must show the way on climate action

Clouds are gathering on the international climate agenda. But Europe must continue with its efforts despite the fact that President Trump has decided to pull out of the Paris Agreement, writes Kristian Ruby.

Energy 11-07-2017

Nord Stream 2 doesn’t matter

Nord Stream 2 continues to divide Europe. That's a pity. For all the noise, Nord Stream 2 is just a distraction - it doesn't really matter. Here's why, writes Nikos Tsafos.

Climate change 11-07-2017

Western Balkans cannot track climate action without appropriate monitoring

The European Commission has just announced it will drop a mechanism to monitor progress in limiting greenhouse gas emissions in the Western Balkans. The decision will make it difficult to track and manage the climate goals in a region that is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, warns Dragana Mileusnić.

Climate change 07-07-2017

Climate coalition: Pray the G20 succeeds where G7 failed

Italy, Germany and France’s over eagerness to insist that the Paris Agreement is non-negotiable was a golden ticket for Washington’s climate change deniers. Europe shot itself in the foot, warns Corrado Clini.

Energy 06-07-2017

Energy performance of buildings: Time to put efficiency first

Ever been too hot at work on a sunny June day? Too cold in your sitting room on a January evening? The energy performance of buildings affects all our lives directly, every day, writes Arianna Vitali.

Climate change 05-07-2017

EU trade policy: Time to end corporate protectionism

The EU-Japan trade agreement, likely to be concluded in Brussels this week, is the latest example of an EU trade policy that benefits global corporations at the expense of people and the planet, writes Kees Kodde.

G20 05-07-2017

Wind of optimism blows on global climate politics, in spite of Trump

Despite Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, it is hard not to feel a sense of optimism on global climate politics as world leaders gather in Hamburg for the G20, writes Taylor Dimsdale.

Energy 05-07-2017

A reality check on power-to-liquids: How not to use renewable energy

By encouraging the use of clean energy sources to produce fossil fuel for cars, the proposed revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) opens the door to massive public subsidies for costly, inefficient and polluting ‘solutions’, warns Jonas Helseth.

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03-07-2017

Gas is one of the safest bets for EU’s energy and climate success

Europe will need gas to make renewables work. One of my principal aims as the new president of GasNaturally will be to engage with our partners and policymakers and explain why gas is one of the safest bets if we want EU energy and climate policy to be a success, writes Marco Alverà.

Energy 03-07-2017

Britain’s gas: Let’s focus on efficiency, not fracking

The closure of the UK’s largest gas storage facility along with disruption to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supplies this month puts UK energy at a crossroads, writes Joseph Dutton. Rather than focus on imports or fracking, Britain should pay more attention to decreasing demand and renewable energy, he argues.

Biofuels 03-07-2017

Drivers are the top consumers of palm oil in Europe

As millions of European hit the roads this month for a well-earned summer break, most won’t know what they’re driving on, writes Laura Buffet.