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26/08/2016

Re-setting the way to a decarbonised Europe

Topic: carbon emissions


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

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.

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.

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.
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.

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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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.
Agriculture & Food 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.
Energy 22-01-2015

MEPs fail to agree on carbon market reform start date

On Thursday (22 January) a European Parliament committee, rejected a previous vote to begin carbon market reforms in 2021, clearing the way for another Parliament body next month to back action to prop up the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).

EU raises the pressure on COP 20 conference

As the UN Climate Conference got under way in Lima last week, the EU set out its stall with an ambitious call for "quantifiable and comparable" national commitments on the reduction of CO2 emissions; a position refuted by some developing countries, who see the odds stacked against them. EurActiv France reports
Energy 24-11-2014

Germany may shut down eight more coal power plants

Germany is working on a new law to force energy companies to shut down several more coal-fired power plants as it tries to reach ambitious climate goals, a document seen by Reuters showed on Sunday (23 November).
Agriculture & Food 13-11-2014

Researchers: Western lifestyle threatens health and the environment

The Western lifestyle, which has proven to increase diabetes rates, obesity, cancer and carbon emissions, is both a global health and environment problem, according to a new study, but three diets can help reverse the trend.
Energy 18-09-2014

Poland's carbon emissions billions to be spent on coal, cutting budget deficit

Billions of euros from the sale of EU carbon credits and free emissions allowances, given in exchange for commitments to diversify Poland’s energy mix, will instead be spent on coal and cutting the country’s budget deficit, climate campaigners have said.
Energy 16-09-2014

Fighting climate change needn’t cost growth and jobs, EU leaders told

Fighting climate change will deliver economic growth and employment, a report launched today (16 September) found, upping pressure on EU leaders to agree an effective carbon reduction package at their October summit.
Sustainable Dev. 11-07-2014

UN report: economic growth and decarbonisation ‘two sides of same coin'

The deep decarbonisation of developed economies, such as the EU, can go along with economic growth, according to a report published by the United Nations this week.
Energy 18-03-2014

The time to act on climate is now

EU leaders will decide the future of European climate policy. EU citizens are worried about climate change and politicians cannot afford to postpone decisive steps forward any longer, Wendel Trio writes.
Energy 16-09-2013

Re-setting the way to a decarbonised Europe

In its EU Energy Roadmap 2050, the European Commission recognises that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is the only technology available to mitigate CO2 emissions from large-scale fossil fuel use. The EU badly needs a successful CCS programme by 2020 and can no longer afford delays, writes Graeme Sweeney.