Air Quality


Dieselgate – 35 million manipulated cars on our streets and still no action

Despite the European Parliament’s Dieselgate inquiry committee, the European Commission is standing by, hiding behind bureaucratic squabbling to avoid taking its responsibilities, write Claude Turmes and Zdzisław Krasnodębski.

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 06-03-2018

Bozhidar Danev: Part of Bulgaria’s fuel sector lies in the grey economy

Unusually low fuel prices in Bulgaria are probably the result of cartels, or contraband, Bozhidar Danev told in an exclusive interview, saying the authorities have  so far been unable or unwilling to address the issue.
Energy 05-03-2018

The death of diesel: Can struggling industry woo back consumers?

Amid fears about pollution, penalties and bans, buyers are abandoning diesel cars in droves. EURACTIV's media partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 01-03-2018

Is the private sector really saving coal in Greece?

Greece has no long-term energy plan despite frequent promises for its imminent announcement from all Greek governments since 2007, writes Nikos Mantzaris.

German court empowers cities to ban old diesel cars

One of Germany’s top courts has ruled that heavily polluting vehicles can be banned from the urban centres of Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, a landmark ruling which could cause traffic chaos on the country’s roads and dramatically hit the value of diesel cars.

Brussels air pollution to trigger free public transport

Brussels’ regional government has approved emergency rules that will allow commuters to use public transport free of charge during periods of high air pollution, Belgian media reported on Friday (23 February).
Climate change 26-02-2018

Mayors in the driving seat of climate action

Europe's cities are on the frontline of climate action and the drive to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. At the 10th anniversary celebrations of the EU's Covenant of Mayors, some of its 9,000+ members revealed what is being done to fight climate change. 
Energy 23-02-2018

Polish mayor: ‘The future belongs to cities’

The city of Wrocław is one of Poland’s success stories, where job creation has hit record highs and environmental objectives are taken seriously. Wrocław’s long-serving mayor revealed his city’s future-leaning path and the advantages of being part of a Europe-wide network of mayors.

EU court rules against Poland’s air pollution

The Court of Justice ruled on Thursday (22 February) that Poland has infringed air quality laws, urging Warsaw to comply "without delay" or face fines after finding that the country has regularly exceeded fine particle limits for years.
Electricity 20-02-2018

Greece’s private sector steps in to ‘upgrade and save’ public coal plant

Private companies have made offers to Greece’s public power company to environmentally upgrade and economically “save” a lignite power plant about to shut, as it falls foul of the EU’s CO2 emission standards.

German carmakers on tenterhooks ahead of diesel ban ruling

A court will decide on Thursday (22 February) whether German cities can ban heavily polluting cars, potentially wiping hundreds of millions of euros off the value of diesel cars on the country’s roads.