About: carbon emissions

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.

 

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Clean Energy package fails to cut transport carbon emissions

RED II is a three-way climate fail: it cuts safe effective ethanol use, will not scale up advanced biofuels production and does not stop harmful palm oil energy.

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.

Energy 09-02-2017

Does Brexit offer a ‘golden opportunity’ to pursue EU ETS alternatives?

As the British MPs this week waved through the bill to withdraw from the European Union, the debate surrounding the country’s future involvement in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) intensified with a lively debate in parliament. EURACTIV’s media partner Edie.net reports.

Energy 22-12-2016

Commission and member states clash over capacity mechanisms

The European Commission fears that capacity mechanisms would just translate into subsidies for coal power plants. Therefore, installations exceeding emission limits should not take part in support schemes, according to a proposal under the Energy Union's Winter Package. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Climate change 09-11-2016

Trump can kill UN climate deal, warns EU carbon market chief

EXCLUSIVE/ The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is a “real and imminent threat” to the fight against climate change, and “completely upends every single element” of the Paris Agreement, making it almost impossible to deliver, the MEP leading EU carbon market reform has warned.

Study: Recycling scrap steel offers environmental and competitive benefits

The market for scrap steel is weakening, but the circular economy may offer a ray of hope. A new study claims that old steel products will become increasingly important to the industry. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Climate change 31-10-2016

COP21 goals: An alternative path to success

Managing carbon emissions by imposing a refundable excise duty on the extraction of fossil fuels rather than on their emissions is an alternative and much more advantageous solution to reaching the objectives of the COP21 Agreement, argue Jacques de Gerlache and Romain Ferrari.

Transport 28-09-2016

Road sector braces for EU bid to cut emissions

After a year of being dogged by the dieselgate scandal, the European road transport sector has started soul searching prompted by new EU plans to reduce carbon emissions.

Climate change 20-07-2016

Paris set to miss COP21 commitments

The French capital cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 9.2% between 2004 and 2014. But this is not enough to reach its 25% target by 2020. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Energy 01-06-2016

Brussels authorises subsidies to end dependence on coal

The EU has approved nearly €4 billion of subsidies to close down Spain's unprofitable coal mines and Germany's lignite-fired power stations. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Energy 30-05-2016

Mediterranean nations’ ambitious renewable goals hurt by fearful investors

The countries of the southern Mediterranean have, in theory, excellent conditions in which to develop renewable energies. But regulations and risk-fearing investors are hampering progress. EURACTIV’s partner El País – Plan

Climate change 21-04-2016

Signing the Paris climate agreement: Can the EU still be a leader?

More than 140 signatures to the Paris Agreement are expected in New York this Friday. This represents a broad majority of nations worldwide and expresses, once again, political commitment to the fight against climate change, writes Teresa Ribera.

Climate change 15-03-2016

European businesses make billions from free carbon quotas

European industry still benefits too much from the carbon market, according to the NGO Carbon Market Watch. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 24-02-2016

Adjusting the EU’s climate targets to meet the Paris Agreement

There is no doubt that the Paris climate talks last December surpassed expectations, but we are running out of time to keep the global temperature change below 1.5°C, writes Bert Metz.

Transport 25-01-2016

Commission unsure if it can force VW to provide compensation

After the European Commission called for VW to be “fair” in compensating victims of the dieselgate scandal, questions have been raised over its actual capacity to force the German carmaker to do so. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Trade & Society 27-10-2015

Indonesia tells US it will join the TPP trade pact

Indonesia intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, reached earlier this month between the United States and 11 Pacific countries, President Joko Widodo told his American counterpart Barack Obama. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.

Transport 27-10-2015

Decarbonising road transport must be prioritised

Decarbonising European transport requires urgent action, but we are missing crucial opportunities to capitalise on available solutions, writes Robert Wright.

The European Parliament will vote on 8 June on carbon emissions reform set to start in 2019
Energy 07-07-2015

MEPs set to back carbon market 2019 reform start

The European Parliament on Wednesday (8 July) is expected to back a 2019 start to reform of the world's largest emissions market in a step towards deeper change and higher carbon prices.

Climate change 05-05-2015

Czechs paving way towards carbon market reform

Reform of the EU carbon market may begin in early 2019, after a blocking minority of countries, led by Poland, fell apart. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

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Climate change 24-02-2015

MEPs approve 2018 carbon market reform, despite NGOs concerns

MEPs voted on Tuesday to start implementing reforms to the EU's Emissions Trading System by the end of 2018, three years earlier than the Commission's proposal.

Agrifood 20-02-2015

Biofuels: Good news and false solutions

Within the next few months, the path for the future of biofuels in the EU will be set as the debate on indirect land use change (iLUC) is back on the agenda. argues Elmar Baumann.

Energy 19-02-2015

The case for greater interconnection of energy supply

More interconnection would reduce Britain’s reliance on imported fossil fuels by allowing us to use the excess power of neighbouring countries, argues Will Straw from the IPPR.

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Transport 16-02-2015

Biofuels: Which future are you working for?

Did you know that every car in Europe uses a blend of biofuels? This is because of EU law. And to meet this demand, global production of biofuels has skyrocketed.