Climate change

18-02-2020

49% of world’s GDP now covered by net-zero targets, study says

Just under half of the world's annual GDP is now covered by nations, regions and cities that are legislating for a net-zero emissions target, a new study has revealed. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Health 18-02-2020

FIFA commits to carbon-neutral 2022 football World Cup

FIFA aims reach carbon neutrality at the next World Cup, to be hosted by Qatar in 2022, in spite of the numerous environmental challenges linked to the location of the event, according to a recently released sustainability strategy.
Digital 17-02-2020

The EU is ignoring AI’s effect on the climate crisis

The relationship between climate change and Artificial Intelligence is one of the biggest blindspots in the European Commission ‘leaked’ white paper on AI, writes Fieke Jansen.
14-02-2020

Climate emergency requires real action now, not building new LNG terminals and gas pipelines

With the so-called fourth PCI List of energy infrastructure projects now approved in the European Parliament, the battle for a future-proof EU energy policy continues, write MEPs Jutta Paulus and Marie Toussaint.
14-02-2020

Ombudsman opens inquiry into EU Commission’s gas stance

The EU Ombudsman announced on Thursday (13 February) it has opened an inquiry into the European Commission’s catalogue of priority energy projects, after green activists lodged a complaint about the inclusion of new gas infrastructure on the list.
Aviation 14-02-2020

Europe’s airports risk watery grave, as ‘cost of inaction’ debate heats up 

More than 20 of Europe’s airports could be underwater by the end of the century if current climate trends continue. The prospect of economic and even security chaos is starting to drive home the message that the cost of doing nothing will outweigh the price of climate action.
14-02-2020

Last month was hottest January on record globally: US climate service

Last month was the hottest January on record, surpassing a previous high recorded in 2016, the US climate service said Thursday (13 February).

Parliament urges ECB to put climate at heart of strategy review

EU lawmakers have called on the European Central Bank (ECB) to put climate change at the centre of the bank’s review of its monetary policy strategy this year, endorsing the bank’s chief vision for “gradually eliminating” carbon assets. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
EU Elections 2019 13-02-2020

Committee of the Regions welcomes Green group for the first time

For the first time, the EU's Committee of the Regions has enough Green members to form their own group. The group, who already met on Tuesday (11 February), is keen to have good relations with the other groups but also wants to "exert pressure". EURACTIV Germany reports.
13-02-2020

Oil giant BP seeks to ‘reinvent’ itself with 2050 zero carbon goal

BP set one of the oil sector’s most ambitious targets for curbing carbon emissions on Wednesday (12 February) as new chief executive Bernard Looney began the biggest revamp in the company’s 111-year history.
Shipping 13-02-2020

EU starts to chart shipping’s new green course

The shipping industry will soon have to pay for its environmental impact in the EU, as both the European Commission and Parliament are moving forward with plans to include vessels in the bloc’s flagship carbon market. But there are choppy waters ahead.

MEPs urge reviewing EU list of energy projects in light of Green Deal

Members of the European Parliament have written to the European Commission, voicing concern that EU spending on LNG and other gas projects “may not be in line with the Union’s climate commitments under the Paris Agreement”.

EU working on plans to expose climate impact of natural gas

The European Commission is preparing a strategy to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, including fracked LNG imported from the US. But the timing is uncertain because officials are still busy collecting data on which to base...

‘There is overlap’ between EU’s green trillions, says EIB energy chief

The European Investment Bank decided to scrub its loan books of fossil fuels in 2019 but the lender's head of energy policy, Andrew McDowell, insists that there is more to the change of direction than ditching coal and gas.
Energy 07-02-2020

EU way off the mark on energy savings goal, latest figures show

The EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, published new figures on energy consumption for 2018 this week (4 February). As expected, they weren’t good, with the EU as a whole set to miss its 2020 energy efficiency objective by a margin of up to 5%, in what campaigners called the "biggest miss" of all EU climate targets.
07-02-2020

EU’s anti-climate-dumping tool worries Russia 

In a sign that Moscow has taken note of the EU’s plan to deploy a carbon border tax, a top Kremlin adviser has urged Russia’s business giants to start adapting now if they want to continue selling their wares in the single market.
Aviation 07-02-2020

‘Flight shame’? Europeans have never flown as frequently

Many people claim they are flying less to protect the environment but the figures say otherwise. The aviation industry is doing better than ever and its emissions have more than doubled since 1990. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 07-02-2020

Danish MEP: ‘Sector coupling is absolutely key for Europe’s climate and energy ambitions’

When it comes to energy regulations, the EU tends to legislate in silos, writing directives on renewables, energy efficiency or electricity and gas markets. But with the upcoming sector coupling strategy, it needs to do exactly the opposite, says Morten Petersen.
Economy & Jobs 06-02-2020

This is how Europe is opening the floodgates to ‘green’ money

The European Commission launched on Wednesday (6 February) a consultation with member states, the European Parliament and other stakeholders to review the EU's fiscal rules, the Stability and Growth Pact.

Europe plans to harness ‘power of data’ in support of Green Deal

The EU Green Deal “needs digitalisation as an enabler for decarbonisation” in all sectors of the economy, including transport and energy, the European Commission says in a draft policy document, seen by EURACTIV.
Agrifood 06-02-2020

Greens, socialists back meat tax to cover environmental costs of livestock

A new report commissioned by the Dutch True Animal Protein Price Coalition (TAPP) suggests that retail price of meat does not reflect the environmental costs associated with its production, and calls for a “sustainability charge” on meat.
Aviation 05-02-2020

Ryanair’s green claims branded ‘misleading’ by UK regulator

A British regulator on Wednesday (5 February) banned advertisements by Ryanair that gave "misleading" claims over the Irish airline's "low" level of carbon emissions - a move welcomed by environmental campaigners.
Health 05-02-2020

Ewald Lienen: Football Rebel for Future

German football veteran Ewald Lienen is convinced that football is political and bears social responsibility. Today, the Technical Director of FC St. Pauli is committed to climate protection - not only on the pitch.
Electricity 05-02-2020

Power shift: EU coal output falls 24% in 2019

Global warming emissions from the power sector fell by 12% last year, led by a steep decline in coal power generation, which was replaced half by natural gas and half by renewables, according to fresh data published on Wednesday (5 February).

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