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Germany’s ‘horror catalogue’ 2050 climate plan criticised from all sides

Topic: Climate Change

Fighting climate change needs multi-dimensional capacity building

Capacity building is a concept that emerged in international development circles during the 1990s, in order to address the obstacles that inhibit people, governments and NGOs from realising their development goals, writes Dr Mike Cherrett.
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Trade & Society 19-10-2016

Fjellner MEP: EU tariffs on Chinese solar imports are a Commission-backed cartel

SPECIAL REPORT / EU trade defence measures on solar imports from China are, in effect, a European Commission-backed cartel, which benefits only German and Chinese panel producers and makes the fight against climate change more expensive, Christofer Fjellner MEP has said.

Europe must step up its game to reach Paris climate goals

Business as usual is not good enough anymore. For the EU to stay at the top of the class on climate action, it urgently needs to review its targets and boost its post-2020 efforts, writes Wendel Trio.
Sustainable Dev. 18-10-2016

'Share the knowledge' at UN's Quito summit on cities - or wait until 2036

Some 90% of urban growth over the next 30 years will happen in developing countries. If we squander the chance to set them on the path to sustainability now, it may be lost for ever, write Eva Dic and Maria-Theres Haase.
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Trade & Society 18-10-2016

400 companies, NGOs demand immediate end of trade measures on Chinese solar

SPECIAL REPORT / More than 400 companies from across the European Union, and leading environmental NGOS, have demanded the immediate end of punitive trade measures on solar panels and cells imported from China.

The Brief: Does the EU actually care about Syria?

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea. Why isn’t it doing the same to Moscow for breaking international law in Syria?

Greek WWF chief: Debt solution should be linked to ‘greener’ economy

Europe should explore creative ways to provide relief to indebted countries like Greece, if they pursue green investments and accelerate the switch to a sustainable economy, WWF’s Demetres Karavellas told

HFC deal big step in fighting climate change

They went to Kigali, Rwanda, to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work.
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Energy 17-10-2016

Europe's climate policy goals hinge on renewables, solar power

SPECIAL REPORT / The Paris Agreement on climate change is an international commitment that can only be kept by the European Union if effective, consistent policy drives the shift to a low-carbon economy through action which boosts renewable energy such as solar power.
Energy 17-10-2016

Sunlight at the end of the tunnel?

Europe is the most solarised region in the world, but deployment of technology needs to be stepped up if the bloc is to meet its climate commitments.

Europe seeks to avoid ‘bickering’ over forestry emission cuts

A European Commission plan to share emissions reduction efforts in the forestry and agricultural sector across European countries is up for discussion for the first time on Monday (17 October).

COP22: EU climate financing still only theoretical

Less than a month before the start of the COP22 climate summit in Marrakech, EU finance ministers have pledged more funding to tackle global warming. But the exact terms of this promise are yet to be defined. EurActiv France reports.
Transport 12-10-2016

EU airline pollution curbs stay in the air until next year

A European Union decision on whether to include international flights in its scheme to curb airline pollution will not come until next year at the earliest after the bloc's executive has assessed a global deal which was finally approved last week.
Transport 11-10-2016

Ethanol makers criticise the EU’s ‘biased’ transport decarbonisation goals

The European Commission is in denial concerning the contribution of conventional ethanol to the EU's transport decarbonisation goals post-2020, according to European ethanol producers.
Energy 11-10-2016

EU risks losing competitive edge in low-carbon fuels, warn industry and NGOs

EXCLUSIVE / The European Union risks losing its hard-won advantage on new low-carbon fuels to international competitors such as the US, a group of NGOs, leading companies, and think tanks has warned.

World Bank says Paris climate goals at risk from new coal schemes

Slowing down construction of coal-fired power stations will be vital to hit globally agreed climate change goals, the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, said as he outlined a five-point plan to flesh out last year’s Paris agreement to reduce CO2 emissions. A report by EurActiv's partner, The Guardian Environment.

Most cities see climate action as an economic opportunity

190 cities around the world have already taken action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, according to the annual Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), published on Tuesday (4 October). EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Paris climate accord to take effect on 4 November

A global agreement to combat climate change will take force after support from European nations sent the accord across an important threshold on Wednesday (5 October), prompting US President Barack Obama to hail it as a "historic day" for protecting the planet.

MEPs vote to ratify Paris Agreement

The European Parliament today (4 October) voted to ratify the Paris Agreement, ensuring it will come into force before this year’s COP 22 in Marrakesh. EurActiv France reports.
Transport 30-09-2016

Europe sees ICAO deal to curb aviation emissions within reach

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said she was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching an agreement to limit CO2 gases emitted by passenger jets starting in 2021, following meetings at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) conference in Montreal this week.
Energy 30-09-2016

EU overcomes sovereignty fears to secure deal on climate change

The European Union today (30 September) overcame fears over parliamentary sovereignty to secure a fast-track deal paving the way for the bloc to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Sustainable Dev. 30-09-2016

NGOs criticise the Juncker Plan's green credentials

15% of Juncker Plan funding supports fossil fuel projects, according to a report by group of NGOs, which raises serious questions about the investment plan’s consistency with the EU's climate objectives. EurActiv France reports.
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Transport 30-09-2016

Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

SPECIAL REPORT / The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming.

Germany's 'horror catalogue' 2050 climate plan criticised from all sides

Environmental groups have criticised Germany's divisive 2050 climate protection plan for being too lax, whereas the country's ruling coalition think it is too stringent. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.