Climate change

Europe will hike climate finance spending, insists Cañete

The EU’s climate chief Miguel Arias Cañete has vowed to increase the bloc’s funding for climate change adaption, pledging that 20% of the EU’s foreign spending would be allocated to climate-related projects.

18-01-2018

Germany faces trillion euro bill to meet climate targets, businesses warn

Germany will have to spend more than €1 trillion to meet even the lower end of the European Union's 2050 target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to a draft of a study commissioned by the BDI German industry group.

18-01-2018

Parliament backs ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions by 2050

Green lawmakers have hailed a “great victory for the climate” as a proposal to bring down to zero the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted in the atmosphere by 2050 received unexpected backing from the European Parliament yesterday (17 January).

Energy 18-01-2018

Avoiding common traps in energy savings (mis)calculation

Inconsistencies in the calculation of energy savings could derail global sustainability efforts, warn Tom Machinchick and Dr. Andreas Hermelink. Together, they investigate the effect of non-persistence in energy conservation measures on meeting the Paris Agreement and other carbon emissions goals.

18-01-2018

IPCC 1.5°C report: A clarion call for EU action on climate

A leaked draft of the IPCC's forthcoming report on keeping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius gives reason to hope that the target is attainable. But only if urgent action is taken immediately, warns Dr Bert Metz.

Energy 17-01-2018

Backtrack in Strasbourg as MEPs compromise on energy efficiency

The European Parliament has abandoned its long-held 40% energy efficiency target at the final hurdle, after political groups backed a binding 35% goal in 2030 instead.

Energy 17-01-2018

MEPs set for final crack at clean energy’s ‘problem child’

Negotiations on the Clean Energy package’s energy efficiency file have been far from smooth sailing and MEPs will meet later on Wednesday (17 January) to hammer out the European Parliament’s final position. The vote is set to be a tight one.

Energy 16-01-2018

Parliament energy vote is last chance to preserve EU’s Paris Agreement credibility

Greens/EFA MEP Claude Turmes argues that when it comes to energy efficiency talks, EPP lead negotiator Markus Pieper is trying to turn his group into a "European Polluters' Party", in an attempt to break the historical pro-climate position of his political group ahead of a defining vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday (17 January).

Electric cars 16-01-2018

Daimler struggling with EU CO2 emissions standards

The chief executive of Daimler said Monday (15 January) at the Detroit auto show that his company cannot currently guarantee it can meet tougher European CO2 emissions standards taking effect in several years.

Energy 15-01-2018

Bioenergy at the centre of EU renewable energy policy

Bioenergy has to be an essential part of the EU energy mix for at least the next 30 years. Without it, the commitment to a 1.5°C global warming target will be very hard, if not impossible to achieve, argue a group of scientists.

Energy 13-01-2018

EU warned about ‘lost decade’ for renewables as costs continue to fall

The cost of generating electricity from renewable energies is set to reach new lows worldwide, according to projections by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), published on Saturday (13 January).

Energy 12-01-2018

Accelerating the path towards ‘solar energy 3.0’

Europe is currently in the first stage of photovoltaic solar development. Moving to the next phases, 2.0 and 3.0, will require a smart new Green Deal that avoids the “boom-and-bust” developments of the past and leverages private investment to achieve high renewable energy goals, writes Stefan Degener.