Climate change

Energy 15-11-2018

Spain to nix nuclear and coal power by 2030

Spain will close the last of its nuclear reactors and coal power plants before 2030, according to State Secretary for Energy José Dominguez, who made the announcement shortly after Madrid pledged to work towards a completely renewable electricity system.
Energy 15-11-2018

EU’s ‘just transition fund’ gesture muddies budget waters

Europe’s fossil fuel-dependent regions could benefit from an additional €5 billion under the next EU budget, thanks to a proposal endorsed by the European Parliament. But it could complicate already complex talks with the Council, which is eager to cut future spending.
Energy 12-11-2018

European oil majors better prepared for energy transition than US, Chinese counterparts

Oil majors are “lagging” when it comes to preparing for the low-carbon energy transition, according to a new report from financial watchdog CDP, which nonetheless praised BP, Eni, Equinor, Total, Repsol and Shell for taking the industry’s lead.

Climate change will affect EU monetary policy ‘one way or the other’, ECB says

Whether humankind fails or succeeds in keeping the rise in global temperatures within manageable levels, central banks will sooner or later be called upon to act, said Benoît Cœuré, a member of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Executive Board.
09-11-2018

Row over fuel prices highlights flaws of France’s ecological tax

The many exceptions to the  French carbon tax do not make it easier for people – and drivers – to accept green taxation, EURACTIV France reports.

Corporate reporting group launches two-year transparency project on green finance

The new Corporate Reporting Dialogue project will work on aligning international standards with the recommendations published by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure in a bid to improve and harmonise reporting on sustainability standards, the group announced Wednesday (7 November).

EU finance ministers call for transparency in climate finance

EU economy and finance ministers on Tuesday (6 November) stressed the need to scale up public and private money for climate change and urged multilateral development banks to end funding for coal.

‘Risk data hub’ to enhance EU resilience to climate hazards

The European Commission is preparing to launch a “risk data hub” in the coming months that will help map out loss and damage from natural disasters such as floods, droughts, storms and other extreme weather events that are becoming more frequent with climate change.
05-11-2018

Steel industry moulds EU carbon market to its advantage

By authorising the steel industry to burn blast furnace gases until 2026, the European Commission has backtracked on its earlier position. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 31-10-2018

Swiss researchers chart path to zero-emission cement

The construction sector can cut polluting emissions up to 80% by applying efficiency measures along the whole value chain, according to new research. If combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, emissions could even be brought down to zero by 2050, they argue.
Air Quality 30-10-2018

German coal plant exposed as Europe’s single worst air polluter

The Niederaussem coal plant and mine, operated by RWE, was singled out as Europe’s largest hotspot for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollution, according to a groundbreaking analysis of new satellite imagery. London’s polluted air, caused mainly by transport emissions, comes second.

60% of living species declined due to human activity, warns WWF

The ways in which humans feed, fuel and finance modern societies is pushing the planet’s natural systems to the brink, threatening the very foundation on which the world economy is based, according to the WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018, published on Tuesday (30 October).
Politics 30-10-2018

EU helps French research institute unlock mysteries of the ocean

From studying toxic microplankton to currents and ocean temperatures, the Euro Hab and Euro-Argo projects are trying to understand the oceans. The British are contributing to this undertaking but Brexit could complicate things. EURACTIV France reports.
29-10-2018

Only 16 countries meet their commitment to Paris Agreement, new study finds

Only sixteen countries out of the 197 that have signed the Paris Agreement have defined national climate action plan ambitious enough to meet their pledges, according to a policy brief released on Monday (29 October), ahead of the crucial UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice (Poland) in December.
26-10-2018

Catholic bishops call for faith in 1.5°C Paris target

Church leaders urged governments around the world to ramp up their climate action efforts on Friday (26 October), calling for “ambitious implementation” of the Paris Agreement.
Energy 26-10-2018

‘Price and accessibility’ to drive Romania’s energy agenda at EU helm

Romania intends to push “price and accessibility” of energy as the guiding principles of its EU Presidency next year – whether it relates to the EU’s 2050 climate goals, the expansion of nuclear power, new gas pipeline projects, or even coal.
26-10-2018

Climate litigations set to rise globally on back of IPCC report

Climate-related litigations are set to break new grounds following a landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this month, which provided lawyers with new evidence that limiting global warming to 1.5°C is still possible. 
26-10-2018

Germany’s coal commission agrees first post-coal strategy steps

Members of Germany's coal exit commission unanimously adopted on Wednesday (25 October) the first major policy recommendations for those lignite mining regions affected by a future coal power phase-out. EURACTIV's media partner Clean Energy Wire reports.
25-10-2018

Poland’s climate diplomacy undermined by tensions over coal

While COP24 president-designate Michał Kurtyka continues his intense climate diplomatic trail after end of pre-COP24 session 24 October in Polish Krakow showed uneven progress being made across the various negotiation tracks, the pro-coal position of Poland’s energy ministry throws sand into the process.
23-10-2018

US-China trade war spills into Green Climate Fund

A global fund originally set up in 2010 under the aegis of the UNFCCC to assist developing countries fight global warming got back on track with a $1 billion splurge, but the US vetoed a project that would have loaned $100 million to China. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
23-10-2018

EU candidate Alex Stubb calls for net-zero carbon by 2045

Should he be picked as the European People's Party (EPP) lead candidate for the European Commission’s top job, Alexander Stubb vows to “work towards a carbon neutral Europe by 2045”. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.

World’s pension funds vulnerable to climate risks, study reveals

87% of assets managed by the world’s 100 largest public pension funds are yet to undergo formal climate risk assessment, according to research published on Tuesday (23 October), with only 15% of them adopting a coal exclusion policy.
19-10-2018

Three years ago, I was branded as an eco-terrorist, Polish Green local candidate says

Poles vote in local elections on Sunday (21 October), seen as a key test for the country’s nationalist governing party. Until very recently, energy transition was a political no-go in the coal-dependent country but the situation is evolving, a climate activist and Green local politician in the COP24 host city of Katowice told EURACTIV.com.
EU Elections 2019 18-10-2018

French people convinced by EU but poorly motivated to vote

Support for the EU is at its highest level for 26 years. However, this enthusiasm is not reflected in the projections for turnout at the next European elections. EURACTIV France reports.