About: 2015 UN Climate Change Conference

Energy 21-06-2017

EU will fail Paris climate challenge unless it tackles heating and cooling

The European Union’s fight against global warming is doomed to fail unless decisive action is taken to change the way we heat and cool our buildings.

Med & South 19-07-2016

Mediterranean countries set tone for COP22 in Marrakesh

Mediterranean countries have vowed to accelerate implementation of the commitments struck in the Paris agreement last December and push forward a number of national and transnational initiatives to combat global warming, ahead of the end-of-the-year climate summit in Marrakesh.

Climate change 10-03-2016

Climate change off the table at next week’s summit

European Union leaders are unlikely to discuss how the bloc will build on the Paris agreement to cap global warming at their summit next week, it has emerged.

Climate change 29-02-2016

Despite Paris Agreement, more ambitious EU emissions target unlikely

EU regulators will say this week the European Union does not need a more ambitious greenhouse gas target until the next decade, according to a draft text, even though the Paris climate deal stipulates goals should be reviewed in 2018.

Transport 04-02-2016

EU countries must power neighbours during shortages, under new rules

European Union countries will be obliged to help power households and social services such as healthcare in neighbouring member states in case of severe shortages, under legislation to be put forward by the European Commission next week.

Agrifood 27-01-2016

EU emissions limits for agricultural gases face uncertain future

SPECIAL REPORT / Efforts to cap agricultural emissions harmful to both the environment and human health face fierce opposition and tough negotiations before they can finally become EU law.

Climate change 12-12-2015

COP21 celebrations, but governments must mind the emissions gap

World governments today (12 December) agreed a historic international agreement to fight global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

Climate change 11-12-2015

China pours cold water on EU’s ambition coalition at COP21

China tonight (11 December) poured cold water on the European Union’s ambition to use an alliance of developed and developing nations to push for a strong deal at the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris.

Climate change 11-12-2015

MEP: Idea EU is leading ‘ambition coalition’ at COP21 is nonsense

The idea that the European Union is leading the so-called ‘High Ambition Coalition’, which is pushing for a stronger deal at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris is nonsense, Green MEP Bas Eickhout has told EURACTIV.

Climate change 11-12-2015

COP21 protest banners censored by UN

EXCLUSIVE/ Civil society organisations must submit their banners for United Nations approval before being given permission to protest at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21).

Climate change 11-12-2015

Poland drives rewrite of EU decarbonisation stance at COP21

Poland was singled out for blocking an EU push for decarbonisation in the latest draft COP21 agreement circulated on Thursday evening (10 November), earning the EU a "Fossil of the Day" award by green NGOs.

Climate change 09-12-2015

New ‘clean’ COP21 deal due today as deadline looms

The latest draft of the international agreement to cap global warming will be published today (9 December) at 1300, Laurent Fabius, the president of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) said on Tuesday night (8 December).

Brexit 07-12-2015

George Osborne: A climate villain?

The British government's cancellation of £1 billion to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a broken promise that calls into question UK ministers' commitment to reduce emissions, writes Chris Davies.

Naomi Klein criticises protest restrictions at Paris climate talks

French authorities are enforcing “unprecedented restrictions on civil society” at the UN climate change talks in Paris, the author and activist Naomi Klein has said.

Climate change 07-12-2015

Five days left for Paris to save the planet

SPECIAL REPORT / Delegates meet again in Paris this week for the final five days of negotiations to reach an international deal to cap global warming, painfully aware that much work remains to be done.

Climate change 04-12-2015

Cañete: Not enough being done to get a deal in Paris

The optimism showed by Miguel Arias Cañete before the UN climate conference kicked off on Monday (30 November) has been replaced with clear signs of fatigue and a more cautious tone.

Climate change 27-11-2015

EIB boss: Cities and regions have crucial role in ensuring climate investment

SPECIAL REPORT / Finance for developing nations will be central to successful negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference, said Jonathan Taylor of the European Investment Bank.

Reporter interviewing polar bear
Climate change 26-11-2015

The climate circus comes to town

The soap opera of global climate talks has been playing for 20 years. As it comes to Paris on Monday, Suzanne Goldenberg reviews the tears, the bloodshed and the unspeakable catering. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Energy 24-11-2015

Nuclear energy is part of the solution to climate change

Nuclear energy can be considered a low carbon energy source which provides a solution to the challenge of meeting the increasing global demand for electricity, writes Jean-Pol Poncelet.

Energy 18-11-2015

Policy convergence hands opportunity to construction industry

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe’s construction industry can provide part of the answer to many of the European Union’ economic and environmental concerns.

Storm and drought: what Europe has to fear from climate change

For most Europeans, the climate change threat is elsewhere: the rising sea levels in south Asia; crop failures in Africa; mightier storms in the tropics, drought in the developing world.

One year before Paris 2015
Climate change 06-11-2015

Ministers gather for pre-COP talks in Paris

Five weeks before they hope to sign off on a pact to curb global warming, more than 60 environment and energy ministers gather in Paris from Sunday (8 November) to narrow political rifts.

Agrifood 28-10-2015

MEPs vote to cap some agricultural emissions, but not cow burps

The European Parliament today (28 October) backed proposed caps on methane and ammonia in draft legislation to reduce air pollution, setting up tough negotiations with the Council of Ministers over the bill. 

Climate change 28-10-2015

EU regions’ leadership in Ocean Energy under threat

European regions in the United Kingdom, France, and Ireland are world leaders in pioneering ocean energy, but risk losing that status to international competitors, unless public support for the technology is stepped up.