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29/06/2016

Severe floods highlight climate change challenge for insurers and EU

Topic: Climate Change


UK & Europe 28-06-2016

MEPs try to stop emissions trading bill falling into Polish hands after Brexit vote

MEPs are today (28 June) trying to stop the stewardship of EU emissions trading legislation falling into the hands of a coal-supporting Polish member of the European Parliament.
Agriculture & Food 28-06-2016

Brexit: A step forwards or backwards for a Greener Europe?

Environmental action is one of the triumphs of the EU. The UK’s contribution and ambition in this area is likely to be sorely missed, write Viviane Gravey, Andrew Jordan and Charlotte Burns.
Energy 24-06-2016

Brexit calls EU climate action into question as top MEP quits

The European Union’s plans to reform its broken carbon market have been thrown into turmoil, after the British lead MEP on the bill to revise the Emissions Trading System resigned after the UK voted to leave the bloc.

UN boss: Brexit would mean rewriting Paris Agreement on climate change

A vote for Brexit in tomorrow’s UK referendum on EU membership (23 June) would mean that the COP21 agreement would have to be rewritten, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said today (22 June) in Brussels.
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Energy 21-06-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Can Germany's Energiewende ensure supply security?

Boosting renewable energies and using existing sources more efficiently are the two main pillar of the German energy transition, better known as Energiewende. Both pillars contribute to the goal of lowering the dependence on energy imports.
21-06-2016

Environment ministers fear the Paris Agreement will come into force without the EU

Europe's environment ministers have called for the Paris agreement, concluded last December at COP21, to be ratified as quickly as possible, both at EU and member state level.
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Energy 17-06-2016

Energy Union governance to include building renovation reporting

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission will likely revamp the reporting of national building renovation rates, bringing it under the future oversight framework of the EU’s flagship Energy Union strategy.
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Energy 16-06-2016

Smart meters 'not needed' after all for European power grid

SPECIAL REPORT / A transition to an intelligent electricity grid in Europe can take place without smart meters, industry players have said, in comments that will embarrass the European Commission, which pushed a Europe-wide plan to roll out smart meters years ago.
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Energy 15-06-2016

Homeowners offered cheaper mortgages in return for energy efficiency renovations

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / Homeowners will qualify for reduced repayment rates on their mortgages if they undertake energy efficiency renovations, and lower interest rates on loans to pay for them, under “pioneering” plans being drawn up by lenders for consideration by EU and global regulators.
Transport 15-06-2016

Passenger rights: Playing by the rules harms railways

Passenger rights in Europe need to improve in order for railways to compete in inter-modal transport and deliver on the EU’s decarbonisation strategy, writes Oliver Wolff.

Europeans surrender control of climate initiative to Bloomberg

EXCLUSIVE / Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, will be in the driving seat of a new global alliance of cities to tackle climate change, despite the EU having pioneered the idea of coordinating mayors to fight global warming.

Climate finance short by $5 trillion, study reveals

A further $5,300 billion of investment is needed to stabilise the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere below dangerous levels, according to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, an energy consultancy. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Sustainable Dev. 14-06-2016

Climate Commissioner: Age of traditional energy consumers 'almost over'

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / The age of traditional energy consumers is almost over, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will say today (13 July), before outlining plans for Europeans to take control of consumption and production.
Energy 14-06-2016

Norwegian gas giant insists on rapid coal phase out

A phase-out of coal has long been on the cards. Now, a study by Norwegian energy giant Statoil has shown that it needs to be done quickly if climate targets are to be met. EurActiv’s partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
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Energy 13-06-2016

The customer and the changing energy landscape

The energy transition is bringing fundamental changes for consumers on the energy market. With the availability of new technologies, consumers gain control over their energy use, for the benefit of decarbonisation, security of supply and affordability. Iain Conn, CEO of Centrica, was in Brussels on 25th May to talk about the ‘Consumer and the Energy Landscape’. Marie Donnelly, …

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Energy 13-06-2016

High expectations for EU efficiency laws as Sustainable Energy Week begins

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is under pressure to keep its promise that 2016 will be the “year of delivery” for its Energy Union strategy to fight climate change and boost the import-addicted bloc’s resistance to shortages.

EU Paris ratification is meaningless without real climate action

The EU is getting ready to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement. This is good news, but the proposal published today should not overshadow the problematic lack of ambition for the upcoming proposals on the EU’s climate instruments, writes Roland Joebstl.
Development Policy 10-06-2016

Tony Simons: Agroforestry is a 'win-win' for developing nations

Agroforestry is a "back to the future" concept, advocating a return to the origins of farming —trees and fields— rather than the modern concept of huge monocultures, says Tony Simons.
Transport 10-06-2016

US regulator: Only an EU supervisor can stop another Dieselgate

Only a central European agency with the resources and power to test cars and trucks will prevent another Dieselgate scandal, the US Environmental Protection Agency director behind the enforcement system that snared Volkswagen has said.

Israeli water chief: 'You must talk to neighbours to avoid climate change conflicts'

Israel is one of the world leaders in water desalination. But now it faces a new challenge - climate change. EurActiv.com spoke with the Deputy Director General of Israel's Water and Sewage Authority, Oded Fixler.

EU can exploit LNG export boom says energy agency

The European Union could take advantage of a massive boom in liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports over the next five years, coupled with low global gas demand and prices, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.

Why the shrill posturing on my ETS reforms?

Ian Duncan published his report on ETS reform last week, which was heavily criticised by a number of NGOs. Here, he argues why his proposals will bring positive change for both climate and industry.
Agriculture & Food 08-06-2016

Climate-smart agriculture: More than just greenwashing?

Ahead of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture's second forum, numerous associations have criticised the group, citing the prevalence of greenwashing and lack of actual positive impact on climate change. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Severe floods highlight climate change challenge for insurers and EU

SPECIAL REPORT / The threat of extreme weather caused by climate change and the challenges it can pose to EU citizens and insurers were highlighted again last week by the floods in France, which killed four and cost millions.