Sam Morgan

Climate change 13-12-2019

Poland snubs climate-neutrality deal but EU leaders claim victory

EU leaders claimed to have sealed a deal on an ambitious climate plan for 2050 early Friday morning (13 December) but Poland still maintained its objections and refused to endorse the climate-neutral target.
Transport 11-12-2019

EU Green Deal to tune up car CO2 rules 

The European Commission will revise car CO2 standards and move towards zero-emission vehicles in the 2030s, according to the EU’s new Green Deal, unveiled on Wednesday (11 December). Every other mode of transport can expect attention over the next five years too.

The Brief, powered by BP – Take the money and run

Two big events this week will shape the EU’s climate ambitions and any slipups could do irreparable damage to its green credentials. Here are how the pieces line up ahead of what will be a defining 48 hours or so.
Climate change 10-12-2019

Luxembourg to deploy carbon tax from 2021

Luxembourg will implement a levy of €20 per tonne of carbon from 2021, as part of its efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by the end of the next decade.
Transport 10-12-2019

A Space Special

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more!
Batteries 09-12-2019

EU could ban dirty battery imports, says Commission VP

Batteries that do not meet rigorous green standards could be banned from the European market, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič warned on Monday (9 December), as the EU executive approved €3.2 billion of state aid for some home-grown projects.
Politics 09-12-2019

Finland gets youngest ever prime minister

Finland’s Social Democratic party appointed transport minister Sanna Marin as prime minister on Sunday (8 December), meaning all five leaders of the ruling parties are now women.
EU Elections 2019 05-12-2019

Commissioners assemble: Class of 2019-2024 starts work

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s executive began work on the 1 December. Read here all the details and figures on the self-dubbed “geopolitical Commission”. UPDATED: Lists of cabinet members have now been published. Info below. After a lengthy...
Outer space 05-12-2019

CO2-tracking satellites crucial for climate efforts, say space experts

Current Earth observation technologies are not accurate enough when it comes to monitoring carbon dioxide emissions, according to delegates at the EU’s space week in Helsinki. A new system set to launch in 2025 should change all that.
Transport 05-12-2019

Aviation and shipping set to face differing fortunes under EU Green Deal

While planes, trains, and automobiles can expect particular attention under the EU’s upcoming Green Deal, the new Commission has already set its sights on cleaning up the transport industry - the only sector of the European economy where emissions are still growing. 

Maturing businesses look to SDGs, Paris Agreement for green guidance

Greener business models are starting to gain in popularity, as environmental legislation starts to bite and company heads decide their balance sheets will look healthier in the long-run if they embrace change.
Politics 03-12-2019

Finland’s PM toppled by postmen

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigned on Tuesday (3 December) after his handling of a postal strike soured relations between him and a member party of the ruling coalition.
Transport 03-12-2019

Euronauts in space, rail rights result & a big boar bang

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more!

Ex-finance minister: Gentiloni’s SDG-oversight will be ‘key’

Italy's former finance minister Domenico Siniscalco insists that sustainable finance is going from strength to strength and that it will hold the key to effectively combating climate change. He also believes that compatriot Paolo Gentiloni will play a crucial role.
Politics 02-12-2019

The Brief – Ursula: Year One

New week, new Commission, new faces. One question is on many a journalist's mind: will Ursula von der Leyen’s new executive break with the continuity of Jean-Claude Juncker’s or give us the same-old, same-old? The very first working day may have given us some clues.
Climate change 02-12-2019

Behind-the-curtain of the EU’s 2050 climate plan, part II

In October 2018, EURACTIV revealed how the European Commission was planning to propose an ambitious new climate plan for 2050. Now the EU is on the cusp of agreeing to implement it. Here is how the pieces line up ahead of crunch talks later in December.
Air Quality 29-11-2019

‘Heat our homes, not the planet’: EU clean air forum takes heating to task

Heating’s huge impact on the EU’s air quality and greenhouse gas emissions needs new focus and attention, according to policymakers and activists gathered in Bratislava on Thursday (28 November).
Outer space 29-11-2019

European Space Agency gets astronomical budget

The European Space Agency (ESA) will enjoy a budget of €14.4 billion over the next five years, after the agency’s 22 member states agreed on Thursday (28 November) to increase funding for space exploration.
Batteries 27-11-2019

EU battery hopes ready to take off

Serious challenges in the energy and transport sectors could be solved, or at least mitigated, by a step-change in storage capabilities, supported by EU funding.
Transport 26-11-2019

Mobility Package panic, single-sky push & sheep SOS

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more! 

Construction clean-up looms as Green Deal approaches

Cleaning up the construction industry will be one of the major challenges for EU policy over the next decade, given the scale of emissions produced by the sector. Policymakers and industry leaders insist they are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
Transport 19-11-2019

Valean victory, IMO in slow lane & Blade Runner trucking

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more! 
Energy 18-11-2019

Financing the energy transition: Where’s the money?

Incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s pledge to turn Europe into “the world’s first climate-neutral continent” means efforts to green the economy are set to go into overdrive. But where will the necessary funds come from to back the...
Energy 15-11-2019

French gas networks could mix in green hydrogen in future, say operators

France's gas network could be adapted to pipe a mix of natural gas with 20% hydrogen from 2030 onwards, as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions, operators said on Friday (15 November).

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