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Climate change 26-09-2017

Without carbon tax, we are heading for climate doom

A high tax on carbon emissions is strictly necessary to halt climate change, according to Gaël Giraud, chief economist in the French development agency (AFD). EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Energy 20-06-2017

Paris Agreement under threat as member states water down building performance measures

While President Trump is grabbing world headlines by publicly trashing the Paris climate agreement, EU member states are also trying to sabotage this deal by watering down measures in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), writes Adrian Joyce.

Agenda for Change 22-05-2017

Vulnerable countries sound alarm on climate finance

The countries most exposed to the effects of climate change are still waiting for the finances they were promised in Paris in 2015. EURACTIV France reports.

CETA 11-05-2017

EU opens door to Canada’s dirty oil

Oil extracted from tar sands is far more polluting than conventional hydrocarbons. But the EU’s decision to change the way it classifies the fuel is good news for Canadian exports and bad news for the environment. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

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Taking Action: One year on from COP21 and the launch of the SDGs
Economy & Jobs 13-02-2017

Taking Action: One year on from COP21 and the launch of the SDGs

Cooperation to achieve key sustainability goals were at the heart of debates at a Brussels conference on 6 December 2016 hosted by CSR Europe in cooperation with Huawei.

Energy 09-02-2017

Study: EU must abandon coal power by 2030 to meet climate pledge

The European Union must close all 315 of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 in order to meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, a research institute said Thursday.

Energy 07-02-2017

The future of clean coal and Europe’s new geopolitics of energy

Climate change denialism may have swept the Trump Administration, but the fight against global warming and greenhouse gases remains at the top of the agenda for most other international organisations and governments, writes Nicolas Tenzer.

Climate change 13-01-2017

France’s energy transition could create a million jobs

A group of French NGOs and trade unions has proposed an alternative route to translate Paris Agreement goals into social progress and jobs. The project would be financed using new resources and green monetary policy. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 13-01-2017

From green bonds to solar roads: France’s low-carbon revolution is taking shape

History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.

Climate change 10-01-2017

French mining code reform ignores climate objectives

The long-awaited reform of France's mining code is about to get under way. But the new text pays very little heed to the country's environmental objectives. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 20-12-2016

Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face prison, says UN boss

Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face tough punishments, including prison sentences, for cheating air pollution rules, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme said today (20 December).

Development Policy 13-12-2016

Brundtland: Climate change fight must continue, despite ‘US going in another direction’

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland told EURACTIV’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro that public awareness and civil society action is equally important as political commitment in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030.

Health 06-12-2016

Tackling climate change crucial to EU citizen health

Climate change has a notable impact on health and if steps are not taken, more frequent heatwaves and better conditions for diseases will cause more deaths and cost billions of euros, warns EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.

Energy efficiency 30-11-2016

The Brief: Commission shows off massive Winter Package

The European Commission revealed its “very impressive package” of energy rules today.  While it is undeniably huge, size doesn’t matter, it's what member states and MEPs do with it that counts.

Oil and Industry 28-11-2016

The Brief: Clean energy subsidies for all?

EU member states have a long, distinguished history of ignoring the European Commission when it comes to national energy subsidies.

Climate change 23-11-2016

COP22: Climate finance pushed back to 2018

COP22 ended last Friday (18 November), leaving the question of climate finance unanswered. For developing countries, this is a disappointing failure. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 18-11-2016

What local and regional government leaders at COP22 can teach the world

As COP22 begins to draw to a close, Gino Van Begin calls on all involved parties to roll up their sleeves and start implementing climate action immediately.

Energy 17-11-2016

Renewables energy expert: “They are gambling away a huge opportunity”

The EU has some big plans in climate protection, as well as the targets of the Paris Agreement to meet. The road ahead seems bumpy, especially since leaked Commission documents revealed renewable energy will be bumped down the list of priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.

The Brief: Austerity, masochism and other things you can’t say in Europe anymore

The European Commission is fudging its own rules on how to treat rule-breaking member states.

Climate change 16-11-2016

Germany positive about 2050 climate targets, 2020 looks less promising

Environmentalists have praised Germany for its ambitious 2050 emissions targets, where it is aiming for a 95% reduction in comparison to 1990 levels. But things are less rosy when it comes to its 2020 targets. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Climate change 16-11-2016

Hollande to Trump: Paris Agreement is ‘irreversible’

In an address directly aimed at Donald Trump, the French president said that abandoning the Paris Agreement was not an option. The US President-elect has promised to undo the climate commitments made by Barack Obama in 2015. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 15-11-2016

How Trump can quit the Paris Agreement

The idea that the Paris Agreement will survive the election of Donald Trump is politically naïve, writes Klaus Dingwerth.

Security 15-11-2016

Spanish ex-foreign minister: ‘Either we defend ourselves or there is no defence’

Spain's former foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, told EURACTIV Spain that now is not the time for alarmist reactions to Donald Trump's US election victory and that Brexit could provide Spain with an opportunity to increase its international standing.

Global Europe 09-11-2016

The Brief: After Trump victory, EU nervously eyes French election

The Berlin Wall fell 27 years ago today. Today, the US made a man who promised to build a wall the leader of the free world.