Climate change

24-11-2020

John Kerry, who signed Paris accord for US, is Biden’s climate envoy

Former secretary of state John Kerry helped broker the landmark Paris Agreement and signed it on behalf of the United States, a decision subsequently reversed by President Donald Trump.

Business groups clash over EU’s 2030 climate goal

Europe’s largest employer’s association, BusinessEurope, has questioned “the value and credibility” of the economic analysis underpinning the EU’s proposed climate target plan for 2030, triggering an immediate backlash from pro-climate corporate groups.
EU-China 20-11-2020

China seeks green cooperation with EU in post-pandemic recovery

Over the course of the last two months, China has made an emissions-busting pledge, while Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential race is likely to shift Washington’s climate policy.
Energy 20-11-2020

EU failed to properly assess climate risk of gas projects, watchdog says

The European Commission granted priority status to natural gas projects without properly assessing their impact on climate change, the European Union's Ombudsman said in a decision on Tuesday (17 November).
Energy 20-11-2020

UN chief presses EU to agree tougher climate change target

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday (19 November) urged the European Union to lead global efforts to slash planet-warming emissions by setting a new climate change target next month.

Warsaw says ‘further analysis needed’ before EU’s 2030 climate target can be agreed

Further analysis into the impact of tougher climate goals on EU member states is needed before Poland can sign up to the European Commission’s proposed 55% greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030, a senior Polish minister has said.

Taxing times as EU mulls best way to price carbon at the border

EU climate officials are currently mulling how to deploy a so-called carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) on imported goods, as part of the bloc’s flagship Green Deal initiative, and it is proving to be a complex exercise.

G20 countries projected to miss 1.5°C Paris target by wide margin: report

No G20 country is on track to meet the 1.5°C warming target, set out in the Paris Agreement, according to the Climate Transparency report published on Wednesday (18 November).

EU eyes tax as tool in climate change fight

Taxation will not escape the European Union's plans to curb planet-warming emissions, and levies should be revamped to reflect climate and environmental costs, the head of EU climate policy said on Monday (16 November).
16-11-2020

EU countries urged to support ‘green recovery’ across the globe

European countries should use their influence as shareholders to encourage green investments in countries across the world, said Climate Envoy for the Netherlands, Marcel Beukeboom, as the High Ambition Coalition launched its Statement on a Resilient Recovery.
13-11-2020

French graduates launch alumni network to fight climate change

It is in the interest of everyone, including the business world, to be committed to the environment, according to "Alumni for the Planet", a unique collective launched in France on Thursday (12 November) that aims to gather French graduates in the fight against climate change. EURACTIV France reports.

Development banks make landmark climate pledge, but no fossil fuel phase out

The world’s public development banks on Wednesday (11 November) pledged to align their financial firepower with the Paris Agreement on climate change, but avoided a firm commitment to phase out fossil fuel financing. As a source of funding for many...
11-11-2020

F-gas manufacturers brace for tougher EU climate goals

The fluorinated gases industry is gearing up for a transformation as tighter supply restrictions are due to be implemented in the coming months and an upcoming EU legislative review next year is expected to push the EU market even further towards greener alternatives.

Gas denied ‘transition’ fuel status in draft EU green finance rules

Power plants fuelled by natural gas will not be classed as “sustainable” or “transition” investments in Europe unless they meet emission limits which are so low that none are currently able to comply, according to draft EU rules seen by EURACTIV.
Agrifood 11-11-2020

What makes good compost? French students on quest to collect scientific data

Four students are offering to study composting from a scientific perspective by launching until 15 November a collaborative study on the speed of decomposition of organic waste. EURACTIV France reports.
10-11-2020

The dark underbelly of the illicit trade in F-gases

In its crackdown on planet-warming F-gases, the EU introduced annual quotas in 2018, hoping the resulting price increase would encourage the use of greener refrigerants. But instead of a green transition, the move has generated a black market economy raking in the surplus.
Aviation 09-11-2020

Thirst in flight: Aviation’s demand for greener fuels set to take off

The environmental impact of flying may have decreased in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic but sustainability is still on the radar of the industry, which is increasingly eyeing greener fuels as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Europe ready to restart transatlantic climate dialogue after Trump ‘parenthesis’

The European Commission and senior EU lawmakers said they stood ready to intensify dialogue with the US on climate change, listing car CO2 limits and green finance among areas where “real transatlantic cooperation” is again possible after the four-year “Trump parenthesis”.
09-11-2020

EU seeks to phase out planet-warming refrigerants

The EU’s legislation on fluorinated gases, adopted in 2014, needs an overhaul “to increase ambition in line with the European Green Deal” and “better prevent” an ongoing surge of illegal imports coming from China, an EU official told EURACTIV.
Energy 05-11-2020

Emissions from energy sector likely to rebound from COVID-19, Capgemini warns

Emissions from the global energy sector will be 7-8% lower in 2020 than in 2019, but most nations are still failing to align their energy generation and consumption patterns with long-term climate targets, Capgemini is warning. EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net, reports.
04-11-2020

Global investor group urges United States to rejoin Paris climate accord

A group representing European and US investors urged the United States to quickly rejoin a global accord to tackle climate change on Wednesday, as a decision by President Donald Trump to leave the pact came into effect.

Green EU funding is decided, now it must be spent wisely, says energy commissioner

30% of the EU's €1.8 trillion budget and recovery plan for 2021-2027 will be made available for the green transition. That amount is no longer up for negotiation and the focus must now shift to spending it well, said Kadri Simson, the EU's energy commissioner.
30-10-2020

Green recovery led by industry or government – America’s choice between two futures

With the American presidential election next week, the climate policy of Joe Biden and lack of policy from Donald Trump has come into the spotlight: America will have to adapt to green technologies to keep up with the world and the question is whether its administration will dig its heels in or not.
Global Europe 29-10-2020

EU should put more gloss on climate diplomacy in Southeast Asia, experts say

As the EU's climate goals become increasingly ambitious, it should engage more proactively with Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) to reassure them that the bloc's green targets are not trade protectionism in disguise and ensure a sustainable COVID recovery globally.
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