No reduction targets, no mandatory actions to cut methane emissions at farm level, no coherence with existing climate and air quality objectives: these are some reasons why the European Commission’s Methane Strategy will fall short, writes Margherita Tolotto.
It’s high time for a circular economy in Europe, according to member states. So why are they on course to obstruct waste laws? This kind of doublespeak undermines the circular economy but also faith in politicians, writes Piotr Barczak.
MEPs have the chance to unlock over 800,000 jobs by improving waste management and waste prevention across the EU. If they support progressive waste reform, the benefits will be huge for citizens, businesses and governments, writes Piotr Barczak.
European Parliament President Martin Schulz hasn’t vacated his post yet but talk of the Grand Coalition falling apart is already rife in Brussels. Final approval of CETA could be a huge opportunity for the socialists to claw back some ground, writes Pieter de Pous.
In one week the European Commission is expected to present its big energy package for 2030. It remains uncertain if the optimistic promises to put energy efficiency first and make the EU a global leader in renewable energy will be fulfilled, writes Roland Joebstl.
The EU is getting ready to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement. This is good news, but the proposal published today should not overshadow the problematic lack of ambition for the upcoming proposals on the EU’s climate instruments, writes Roland Joebstl.
Air pollution causes hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year and costs up to 9% of EU GDP. Stalling on improving air quality is both dangerous and economically foolish, writes Louise Duprez.
The scope of the European Commission’s Fitness Check on chemicals is limited to a comparison of the “hazard versus risk” approaches in chemicals legislation. This is misguided, writes Dolores Romano, who argues a hazard-based approach can help protect people and the environment while supporting innovation.
The Commission’s narrow and outdated jobs and growth agenda will not allow global warming to be contained. More needs to be done if it is to meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, writes Jeremy Wates.