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25/09/2016

Investment and growth in the time of climate change

Topic: decarbonisation


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.
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.
Transport 10-06-2016

NGO: Truck emissions limits crucial to achieving EU climate goals

Introducing EU-wide CO2 standards for trucks would bring significant savings and place Europe on track to fulfil its Paris climate commitments to cap global warming, a new study has found.

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.

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.
Energy 08-06-2016

German electricity transmission CEO: '80% renewables is no problem'

Germany’s pursuit of a low carbon economy, the Energiewende, is in full swing, but questions have emerged over its feasibility. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel spoke with Boris Schucht, who is head of one of Germany’s largest electricity providers.

Palm oil production up, as forests pay the price

Palm oil biofuels are having a disastrous impact when it comes to deforestation and carbon footprint. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Parliament’s ETS reform draft only pays lip service to the Paris agreement

Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme urgently needs to be reformed and now is the last chance to do so. It also a chance for the Parliament to show it is serious about COP21. The current draft fails in this regard, writes Wendel Trio.
Energy 12-05-2016

Low-carbon transition needs spark of revamped market design

Europe is committed to the decarbonisation of its economy, a goal clearly reaffirmed at the COP21 in Paris. To reach this goal, the electrification of sectors which would otherwise only have limited decarbonisation prospects will be crucial, writes Hans ten Berge.
Energy 15-04-2016

Customers deserve to know why their energy costs are rising

Energy is a major EU economic policy. It fuels growth in living standards and is the backbone of a healthy economy. If Europe does not get its energy policy right, ultimately the economy as a whole suffers, writes Hans ten Berge.
Energy 26-01-2016

Misuse of EU funds holds back Europe’s clean energy transition

The new member states from Central Europe misuse the EU funding aimed at decarbonizing their energy systems, writes Markus Trilling, who takes stock of a report published today (26 January).
Euro & Finance 14-01-2016

EIB transparency a prerequisite for good governance

President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Werner Hoyer will present the results of the bank’s operations in 2015 today (14 January). 2016 will be a crucial year for the bank in fulfilling its EU objectives, writes Xavier Sol.

A changing climate for jobs

Switching to a clean economy will not cost us jobs, it will create them. Employment prospects are not an obstacle to going green, write Sharan Burrow and Paul Polman.
Transport 12-10-2015

When it comes to cutting Europe’s CO2, trucks drive under the radar

Heavy duty vehicles account for a significant portion of CO2 emissions, and their impact is only supposed to increase. New measures must be adopted quickly in order to achieve climate goals, writes Carlos Calvo Ambel.
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.
Sustainable Dev. 08-07-2014

Funding decision for White Rose project would be a strong signal for CCS

If the White Rose project receives European funding, it will send a strong signal for more investment in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), argues Graeme Sweeney.
Energy 19-06-2014

FQD - an oily tunnel. But will there be light at the end?

Under the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), oil companies must reduce the carbon intensity of their transport fuels by 6% by 2020. But heavy lobbying from industry, Canada and the US has led to a weakened Commission proposal. Laura Buffet of Transport & Environment argues that the option for oil companies to report accurate company-specific carbon values for their different oil is crucial for an effective FQD.
Energy 14-05-2013

Power sector warns of costly 'lost decade' of energy, climate inaction

Without early investment signals, Europe faces a ‘lost decade’ of climate and energy policy inaction between 2020-2030, culminating in a mind-bogglingly expensive sprint to decarbonise in the last two decades before 2050, according to a new report by the European association of electricity producers, Eurelectric.
Energy 11-02-2013

Franco-German energy cooperation: A model for Europe

France and Germany could become the avant-garde of cross-border energy cooperation and could set the standards for all of Europe, writes Georg Zachmann.

Energy budget cuts will hit EU's low-carbon ambitions: Official

Cuts to the energy infrastructure package in the EU's new budget will increase costs and delays to the European Commission’s plans for a low carbon economy by 2050, Philip Lowe, the EU’s top energy civil servant said on Friday (8 February).

Investment and growth in the time of climate change

European climate policy has to be flexible with respect to the outcome of international negotiations as well as updates in the evaluation of climate change, says a Bruegel analysis.