Frédéric Simon

Energy 25-04-2018

BP confesses ‘mistake’ in forecasting renewable energy growth

The pace at which India – and China in particular – have developed solar power came as a surprise to BP analysts, the company’s chief economist told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 25-04-2018

EFSA boss: EU food law overhaul ‘a big step towards transparency’

The European Commission has learned its lesson from the glyphosate controversy and is coming forward with “bold proposals” on transparency, says Bernhard Url. The raw data of all industry-funded studies related to pesticides will be made publicly available under Commission plans, he told EURACTIV in an interview.

Over 100 corporate giants align with UN climate goals

L'Oreal and Electrolux today (17 April) joined the likes of McDonald’s and Sony in aligning their emission goals with the 2°C target of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Transport 16-04-2018

Brussels hails UN deal to halve shipping emissions by 2050

Over 170 countries reached agreement on Friday (13 April) to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by “at least” 50% on 2008 levels by 2050, ending years of slow progress.

Safety first: Food packers shun recycled plastics, for now

Tetra Pak, the iconic Swedish maker of beverage cartons, is currently staying away from using recycled plastics in the inside lining of its packages – the most sensitive bit that comes in contact with drinks.
Climate change 09-04-2018

‘Invisible’ cement polluters urged to double climate efforts

European producers were singled out among the worst performers in a new environmental ranking of the world’s largest publicly-listed cement companies, published on Monday (9 April).
Energy 05-04-2018

China outshines Europe in 2017 clean power investment ranking

Solar power dominated a global ranking of new renewable energy investments “like never before” last year, with China accounting for more than half of the world’s new capacity, the UN said on Thursday (5 April). Investments in Europe, on the other hand, recorded a massive drop.
Energy 05-04-2018

IEA scenarios ‘inconsistent’ with Paris climate goals, study warns

The International Energy Agency has wrongly guided governments into decisions about oil, gas and coal use that are inconsistent with the long-term climate objectives of the Paris Agreement, according to a new report out on Thursday (5 April).
Energy 04-04-2018

Meet Europe’s two ‘most exciting’ CO2 capture and storage projects

A plan to pipe CO2 emissions from industries around the Port of Rotterdam and a hydrogen transport hub in the north of England have been branded as “the most exciting in Europe”, although promoters admit both will need substantial government backing to materialise.
Energy 03-04-2018

Europe watches as US vows to ditch car fuel efficiency rules

The Trump administration on Monday (2 April) rejected an Obama-era plan to make automobiles more fuel efficient, setting off a debate about the EU’s own emission standards, which are currently being discussed in Brussels.
Energy 28-03-2018

Joint call for European ‘industrial leadership’ on renewables

A coalition of industries ranging from solar to geothermal and biomass has called on the incoming Austrian Presidency of the EU to support a target of “at least 35%” for renewable energies by 2030, saying it will provide a stable environment for investors.
Energy 28-03-2018

Germany approves Russia gas pipeline amid growing tensions with Moscow

German authorities on Tuesday (27 March) issued a final approval for a new gas pipeline from Russia, risking higher tensions with eastern neighbours fearful of European energy dependence on Moscow.
Politics 28-03-2018

Theories abound in the Russian ex-spy poisoning case

Conspiracy theories abound in the poisoning case involving a former Russia spy. EURACTIV brings you some of the most original ones as part of the “Fact or Fake” series, in partnership with France 24.
Electricity 27-03-2018

Poles reject ‘totally unacceptable’ EU power market reform

A phase out of government subsidies for coal power, supported by the European Parliament under a proposed revision of EU electricity market rules, was rejected by the Polish power sector as a reflection of “double standards” in Europe because it leaves German coal plants largely off the hook.
Economy & Jobs 26-03-2018

Macron: We won’t negotiate ‘with a gun to our head’ over US tariffs

The EU’s temporary exclusion from punitive US tariffs on steel and aluminium “did not appear satisfactory to us,” French President Emmanuel Macron said after an EU summit on Friday (23 March). “Europe will not waiver,” he said.
Energy 23-03-2018

EU leaders take Brussels to task over 2050 low-carbon roadmap

EU leaders have urged the European Commission to come forward with a 2050 climate strategy “by the first quarter of 2019”, ending speculation over the timing of the proposal.
Energy 22-03-2018

France to push for EU carbon price floor and border tariff

Paris will push for a carbon price floor at EU level, complete with a carbon tariff at Europe's external border for countries that don't sign up to the Paris Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron said in Brussels on Thursday (22 March).

In Brussels, Michael Bloomberg praises EU drive for green finance

Capital markets are “one of the most powerful tools in the fight against climate change” which is often “overlooked”, said billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, praising Europe’s pioneering green finance action plan presented earlier this month.
Climate change 22-03-2018

EU’s top shipping nations named and shamed in new climate action ranking

Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Croatia are Europe’s worst performers when it comes to climate action at the International Maritime organisation (IMO), according to a new ranking by sustainability group Transport and Environment (T&E).
Elections 19-03-2018

No, Germany will not finance ‘harems’ for refugees

A Latvian news site wrongly portrayed talks on family reunification for refugees and asylum seekers in Germany as opening the door for "harems". EURACTIV.com looks into the allegations as part of the “Fact or Fake” series, in partnership with France 24.
Energy 16-03-2018

Gas chief: ‘We expect at least 10% of the car market in 2030’

Just as Europe is engaging in a fierce race to electrify transport, makers of natural gas vehicles are coming out with bullish projections, saying they expect their car fleet in Europe to multiply tenfold to 13 million vehicles in 2030 – a 10% market share that could reach 20-30% for trucks and buses.
Energy 15-03-2018

Energy execs: ‘The market for demand-response is only going to grow’

Demand-response services are still fairly new in the electricity market, but their importance is only expected to grow as power grids come under increasing strain from intermittent renewable energy sources. Andreas Flamm and Frauke Thies explain the “fundamental shift” that needs to happen in the policy landscape.
Air Quality 14-03-2018

Off-limit new diesel cars evade European city bans

The vast majority of new diesel-powered vehicles that don’t meet EU emission limits still manage to escape low emission zones or diesel bans in European cities, according to new research published today (14 March).
Energy 13-03-2018

India takes lion’s share of EU bank funding for solar power

The European Investment Bank (EIB) signed an agreement last Friday (9 March) to provide €800 million for clean energy projects in India, one day before an International Solar Alliance summit took place in Delhi.