Climate change

EU’s next top model could unlock Paris Agreement

13-07-2018

The European Commission outlined plans this week for a long-term strategy to drag Europe onto a Paris Agreement-compliant climate trajectory. But there are concerns that the forthcoming set of scenarios could be undermined by one factor: maths.

18-07-2018

Lavender farmer explains legal case against EU climate policy

A lavender farmer and 10 other families decided to sue the European Union for failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions back in May. Now, the fragrant-flower farmer explains the rationale behind the landmark case.  EURACTIV.fr reports.
Energy 17-07-2018

More than a billion people struggle to stay cool as Earth warms

More than a billion people are at risk from a lack of air conditioning and refrigeration to keep them cool and to preserve food and medicines as global warming brings more high temperatures, a study showed on Monday (16 July).
Energy 17-07-2018

Swedes set to smash renewable target 12 years early

Sweden has made such large gains in building up renewable energy capacity that analysts believe the Nordic country will meet one of its 2030 targets this year, thanks largely to wind power.
16-07-2018

China, EU reaffirm Paris climate commitment, vow more cooperation

China and the European Union on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate change pact and called other signatories to do the same, saying action against rising global temperatures had become more important than ever.
Energy 13-07-2018

Ireland commits to divesting public funds from fossil fuel companies

Ireland committed to divesting public funds from fossil fuel companies on Thursday after parliament passed a bill forcing the €8.9 billion Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to withdraw money invested in oil, gas and coal.
12-07-2018

On climate change, ‘red alert is on’, says COP21 president Laurent Fabius

The world community has taken action against climate change but it must "triple its efforts" to reduce emissions and Europe needs to take the lead, COP21 President Laurent Fabius said ahead of the crucial United Nations’ annual conference (COP24) in December.
12-07-2018

Soil ‘completely underestimated’ in EU climate strategy

While climate change takes a toll on agriculture and land use contributes to warming the planet, soils still find little attention from policymakers in their climate strategies.
Energy 12-07-2018

In Central Europe, activists fight for ‘just transition’ away from coal

As Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic start phasing out coal, campaigners argue that all actors – including small entrepreneurs, communities and civil society – must be part of the process.
11-07-2018

Equinor: Oil majors have ‘muscle’ to join renewables race

International oil companies have “the financial muscle, the experience, the technical skills, and the supply chain” necessary to take part in the global renewable energy revolution, argues Eirik Waerness of Equinor.
Energy 11-07-2018

German coal trounced by renewables for first time

Renewable energy sources satisfied more of Germany’s power demands than coal during the first half of 2018, marking a shift towards clean power as the Bundesrepublik continues to debate how best to phase out coal.
11-07-2018

EU should aim for net-zero emissions by 2040 to fight global warming

Keeping global temperature rise to 1.5°C is critical - and still possible. But it means the EU should aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, writes Andrea Kohl.
10-07-2018

Ex-IPCC Vice-Chair: EU contribution to Paris goals is ‘unambitious and outdated’

The European Union needs to “significantly improve its policy package” for 2030 in order to align itself with the emission trajectories of the Paris Agreement, according to renowned Belgian climate scientist Jean-Pascal van Ypersele.
Electricity 10-07-2018

Higher shares of renewables for higher levels of electrification

A deep decarbonisation of the European economy is doable, but it will rely heavily on an increased uptake of electricity – even if the challenges are very different across the individual use sectors, writes Kristian Ruby.
Energy 09-07-2018

China and EU can lead on climate action

An upcoming EU-China summit in Beijing will be yet another moment for both economies to show leadership on climate action, following the United States' surrender of influence under Donald Trump, writes Professor Zou Ji.
09-07-2018

Mayors urge EU to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050

The mayors of ten major European cities –including Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona – have issued a joint call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement.
05-07-2018

France’s contradictory climate ambitions

While French President Emmanuel Macron fights the corner of climate diplomacy, actions carried out by the French government led by Edouard Philippe mainly defend industrial interests. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Central Asia 03-07-2018

‘Super Grids Silk Road’ takes shape in Kazakhstan

A series of conferences dedicated to the China-promoted One Belt One Road initiative are taking place in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. Plans to launch a gigantic renewable energy project with the potential to supply the EU were also mooted.
Energy 03-07-2018

Spain to lead the energy transition in Europe?

The creation of the new ministry for ecological transition in Spain brings fresh air not only at the national level but also at the EU level as Spain can give a push in the fight against climate change, writes Ana Barreira.
29-06-2018

The Brief – Migration crisis? You ain’t seen nothing yet

Europe sure has reached new lows if the recent arrival of thousands of often needy and desperate people could prompt the circus that was this week’s migration-dominated EU summit. It’s only a tiny taste of what faces this continent in the coming years.
28-06-2018

Warming of 2C ‘substantially’ more harmful than 1.5C – draft UN report

The latest version of major UN science report concludes the upper temperature goal of the Paris Agreement does not represent a climate safe zone. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Electric cars 27-06-2018

Berlin divided over cars’ CO2 limits, hindering EU decision

The German parliament, the Bundestag, is hosting a public hearing on Wednesday (27 June) on the European Commission's proposal on cars' CO2 emission limits for 2025/30 in a bid to find a consensus between the different ministries.
26-06-2018

14 European countries call for stronger EU climate action

A group of European countries known as the “Green Growth Group” have called on the European Commission to update the EU’s pledge at the United Nation’s next annual climate meeting in December this year, and chart a pathway consistent with a 1.5°C global warming scenario by 2050.
Electricity 25-06-2018

Global warming will affect global electricity production

Global warming threatens global electricity production, according to a report released by four organisations on 19 June. As many as 270 power plants could face an increased risk of flooding by 2050. EURACTIV’s partner Le Journal de l’environnement reports.
Transport 25-06-2018

EU charting wrong course on LNG in shipping, study warns

EXCLUSIVE / Europe has little to gain from trying to decarbonise the unwieldy shipping sector with liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to a new study that looks into how the EU could cut emissions over the next three decades.