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Parliament drafts energy poverty definition as part of EU social climate fund overhaul

The two lawmakers in charge of drafting the European Parliament’s position on the EU's new social climate fund have gone a step further than the European Commission's initial proposal by drafting a definition of both energy and transport poverty.

Lawmakers criticise plan for ‘CBAM reserve’ in EU carbon market reform

An EU lawmaker’s proposal to put aside free pollution permits for industry in case plans to replace them by an external EU carbon tariff fails, has been criticised by his fellow lawmakers in the European Parliament.

The Green Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – A ‘cloak and dagger’ taxonomy

As Europe waited to welcome 2022, those in the energy policy bubble suddenly found themselves drawn away from the myriad of fireworks by buzzing phones. 

‘Misunderstanding’ could block nuclear from claiming green EU label, industry warns

Ambiguities and misunderstandings contained in a draft EU proposal could block nuclear power plants from claiming a green investment label under the bloc's sustainable finance taxonomy, the industry has warned.

Investors worth €50 trillion call on EU to exclude gas from green finance taxonomy

Fossil gas should be excluded from Europe’s list of sustainable investments, according to a group of climate investors with €50 trillion worth of assets. The group added it was still considering whether to consider nuclear as a sustainable investment.

Lawmaker drafts ‘complete overhaul’ of EU carbon border levy

The EU lawmaker in charge of negotiating Europe’s upcoming levy for carbon-intensive imports has recommended drastic changes, including a quicker rollout and adding more products to the scope of the draft legislation.

LEAK: EU drafts plan to label gas and nuclear investments as green

The European Union, has drawn up plans to label some natural gas and nuclear energy power plants as "transitional" or "green" investments provided they meet specific criteria such as displacing more polluting coal plants.

Beverage cartons will only use recycled or renewable materials by 2030, industry says

Beverage carton producers have pledged to make cartons from 100% renewable and recycled material and cut down on their plastic consumption by 2030 to increase their sustainability and help meet global climate goals.

New ‘own resources’ for EU budget will come from carbon market, executive says

The European Commission on Wednesday (22 December) announced its intention to use revenues from the EU carbon market and upcoming border levy as well as taxes on multinational companies in order to repay money borrowed for the bloc's €800 billion coronavirus recovery fund.

The Green Brief: Gassy Christmas and a chaotic New Year!

Congratulations! You made it to the end of one of the most thrilling, exhausting, hopeful and depressing years in the history of climate policy. 2022 will be the Year of Negotiation – or the Year of Infighting.

EU’s proposed social climate fund comes under fire from all sides

At a meeting in Brussels on Monday (20 December), EU environment ministers criticised the European Commission’s proposal for a social climate fund that would support vulnerable households through the energy transition. Their motives, however, diverged widely.

Revealed: How Malta lobbied to win EU backing for gas pipeline linked to journalist’s murder

In a rare move, the Maltese government sent letters to Members of the European Parliament one week before a crucial EU negotiation in an attempt to persuade them to support a controversial gas pipeline connecting the Mediterranean island to Italy's gas network.

Brussels wants 10-year prison term for severe environmental damage

The European Commission proposed strengthening the law covering criminal environmental damage on Wednesday (15 December) by proposing harsher sentences, including a maximum term of at least 10 years in prison, and including more nature-damaging activities in the scope.
Energy 15-12-2021

EU paves way for renewable and low-carbon gases to replace fossil fuel

The European Commission on Wednesday (15 December) unveiled a package of gas legislation that aims to steer Europe away from fossil gas towards more sustainable energy sources, like renewable and low-carbon hydrogen.

The Green Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Getting real about gas

The European Commission’s gas package, due to be published today, risks being more of a cold shower than a Christmas present for supporters and opponents of gas alike.

EU confronted with lack of skilled labour to support building renovation wave

The EU’s push to improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce the amount of fossil fuel they consume could create more than 160,000 jobs in the energy and heating sector by 2030, according to the European Commission.
Energy 13-12-2021

EU warned against watering down climate ambition in buildings law

There are growing concerns that the European Commission is considering to water down a key piece of legislation that would drive emissions reductions in buildings ahead of its publication this week.
Energy 10-12-2021

Gas and nuclear: Fate of EU green taxonomy ‘now in the hands of von der Leyen’

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has taken charge of a soon-to-be-published list of sustainable investments amid controversy around the possible classification of fossil gas and nuclear energy as "green" or "transitional" activities under certain conditions, according to several sources familiar with the process.

The Green Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – How flexible is too flexible?

There’s a well-known f-word in Brussels – flexibility. And, when EU energy ministers met to discuss Europe’s plans for renewable energy and energy efficiency last week, it seemed they had bet on who could say it most.
Energy 08-12-2021

Greek official: ‘Investing in natural gas is both rational and unavoidable’

Greece is transitioning away from coal, but investments in natural gas are "rational and unavoidable" because they are needed to support renewable energy, Alexandra Sdoukou told EURACTIV.
Circular economy 06-12-2021

EU plans ‘digital product passport’ to boost circular economy

The European Commission plans to introduce a "digital product passport" early next year that would contain information about the composition of goods on the European market to help boost their chances of being reused and recycled.
Energy 01-12-2021

Lithium from German geothermal plants could supply a million electric vehicles a year from 2025

Batteries made with zero-emission lithium from geothermal plants in Germany could power one million vehicles per year by the mid-2020s, according to Vulcan Energy, a company setting out to produce climate neutral lithium in Europe.

The Green Brief: Hat-trick for the German Greens

After 16 years in opposition, the Germans Greens are back in government, taking the reins of three powerful ministries – an unprecedented feat, which also strengthens their hand in Brussels as they now have a direct link to the new government in Berlin.
Climate change 30-11-2021

Europe’s climate legislation must work for citizens, says Spanish lawmaker

Europe's new climate legislation needs to help citizens transition to renewable energy while protecting them from price shocks caused by volatile fossil fuel prices, according to Nicolás González Casares, a Spanish lawmaker for the Socialists and Democrats.