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EU lawmakers soon to vote half the bloc’s flagship climate package

The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) will vote on Monday and Tuesday (16-17 May) on half the texts in the European Commission's flagship Fit for 55 package aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030.

Idea of carbon price ‘corridor’ resurfaces in France

The recent surge in CO2 prices on the EU carbon market has revived the idea of introducing a "price corridor", with a maximum and a minimum, in order to ensure greater market stability. EURACTIV France reports.
Electric vehicles 10-05-2022

EU lawmakers may push 70% emission cut on carmakers by 2030

The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) is due to vote on mandatory CO2 standards for car manufacturers on Wednesday (11 May), with the possibility of calling for a 70% reduction target by the year 2030. EURACTIV France reports.

French politicians silent on EU’s oil embargo plans, fear Yellow Vests

French politicians are keeping quiet about the EU's proposed embargo on Russian oil, most likely to avoid new tensions with the Yellow Vests movement, whose protests shook the country in 2018-2019.

The fossil fuel companies profiting from Europe’s oil trade with Russia

As the European Union is preparing a full-scale embargo on Russian oil imports, EURACTIV takes a closer look at some of the companies that have so far profited from the trade within the bloc.
04-05-2022

France’s new united Left says climate more important than EU rules

Ecological planning and a "golden climate rule" that aims to establish environmental primacy over EU law are key to the programme of France's new Green-Left Union spearheaded by Jean-Luc Mélenchon's La France Insoumise. EURACTIV France reports.

Macron on the lookout for France’s first ‘climate’ prime minister

Re-elected President Emmanuel Macron will, as promised, soon name his new Prime Minister in charge of "ecological planning", though with the legislative election just around the corner, the cards could soon be reshuffled. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 25-04-2022

Fleets of hydrogen taxis are picking up across Europe

Europe's market for hydrogen-powered taxis is becoming increasingly competitive, with French company Hype, which has developed them in Paris since 2015, being among the frontrunners. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 22-04-2022

The Brief – (Don’t) look up

On 21 April 2002, I was 18 years old and my friends and I were about to vote for the very first time. And not just in any election, we were going to vote in the presidential election.

Climate discussed for 20 minutes in 3-hour-long Macron-Le Pen debate

During the three-hour-long debate between French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, climate was discussed for just 20 minutes, despite being one of the most anticipated topics.
Energy 21-04-2022

Europe rediscovers biogas in search for energy independence

The war in Ukraine has given renewable gas a new impetus, with the European Commission proposing to ramp up biomethane production to 35 billion cubic metres (bcm) by 2030, up from 3 bcm in 2020. In Europe, France has taken the lead, EURACTIV.fr reports.
Energy 14-04-2022

EDF announces launch of decarbonised hydrogen plan

France's EDF Group has launched a hydrogen plan to develop three gigawatts of electrolytic hydrogen worldwide in an effort to further diversify its activities, the group said on Wednesday (13 April). EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 14-04-2022

Macron faces battle to convince green and radical-left voters

Ahead of the final run-off on 24 April, French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to attract voters who supported the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Green Yannick Jadot in the first round, yet his approach sometimes borders on greenwashing. 
Energy 13-04-2022

French presidential election: Future of nuclear power and EDF down to voters

Both Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the candidates that qualified for the second round of the French presidential election, support the revival of nuclear energy. However, they differ in their ambitions, strategies and modus operandi. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 06-04-2022

Solar energy neglected in French candidates’ green transition plans

The development of solar energy is unlikely to change much in France in the next five years, as the presidential candidates have not made it a priority.

The Ukraine war: A hidden opportunity for the EU Green Deal

Russia's war on Ukraine, while devastating, could have 'positive' collateral effects on the European Green Deal. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 30-03-2022

Increase in electricity prices inevitable, says French elected official

Faced with soaring electricity prices, the French government has introduced a tariff shield for the year 2022 to protect the most vulnerable households. However, this measure will not last forever, according to the spokesperson for French election candidate Valérie Pécresse.

The Green Brief: France’s awkward ‘business as usual’ in Russia

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Green Brief. Below you’ll find the latest roundup of news on energy and environment from across Europe. You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter here. This week, Total Energies faced the wrath of Yannick Jadot, the Green...
Energy 25-03-2022

EU climate policy has become key in securing peace, energy independence

Representatives of EU countries have intensified their meetings with the aim of returning to peace and increasing energy independence as Russia has decided to "punish" the bloc for its support of Ukraine
Energy 23-03-2022

Macron, up for re-election, promises €50 billion for green transition 

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised an ecological transition plan to the tune of €50 billion if he is re-elected to lead the country in an election in April

Commission likely to push for recycled PET in food packaging despite concerns

The European Commission will soon decide whether to allow the use of recycled plastics in food packaging despite some suggesting this could endanger consumer health.

EU ministers reach broad consensus on batteries regulation

EU environment ministers adopted on Thursday (17 March) a general approach for the EU batteries regulation, centred on France's compromise proposal, which had drawn all-around praise for being "balanced" and "ambitious". The Council and the Parliament will now negotiate to agree on the final draft.
Circular materials 17-03-2022

EU recycling chief: product policy should embrace circular economy

With the European Commission due to present its Sustainable Products Action Plan on 30 March, Emmanuel Katrakis takes stock of the EU's push for a more circular economy in an interview with EURACTIV France.
Energy 10-03-2022

France leads calls to reform ‘absurd’ EU energy market

Reforming an "absurd" European electricity market still dependent on the price of fossil fuels is one of France's medium-term projects to achieve energy independence, as explained by French economy minister Bruno Le Maire.