Bas Eickhout

Bringing nature back to life

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said that biodiversity needs a Paris Agreement - COP15 in autumn this year is the world's chance to achieve that, writes Bas Eickhout.

Climate transition depends on shifting finance

The criteria for the EU sustainable finance taxonomy can show investors and businesses the way to climate neutrality globally and getting the taxonomy right would make the EU a global trailblazer, argue Krista Mikkonen and Bas Eickhout.

Commission must issue green bonds to finance the green recovery

The European Commission has a unique opportunity to issue green bonds to finance the EU's coronavirus recovery plan and ensure overall investment coherence with the Green Deal, write Pascal Canfin and Bas Eickhout.
Economy & Jobs 25-06-2020

Staying on course during the storm – EU tools for a sustainable future

The proposed EU recovery plan aims to keep our economies afloat, but it is vital not to lose sight of the journey towards a more sustainable economy, write Sirpa Pietikäinen, Bas Eickhout and Paul Tang.
Shipping 08-11-2019

Europe must stand firm and clean up shipping’s giant CO2 emissions 

More people than ever are aware that the giant ships carrying 80% of global trade are also giant polluters. Green MEP Bas Eickhout argues that regulators face a choice between real and fake CO2 regulations for shipping at UN negotiations next week.
Agrifood 17-11-2015

To build a bio-economy, Europe needs to cut bioenergy

Europe urgently needs to rethink its bioenergy policies to account for their true impact on the climate, biodiversity and food scarcity, writes Bas Eickhout.