Climate change

EU ministers approve strategy on climate change adaptation

European Union environment ministers on Thursday (10 June) approved the EU’s new climate change adaptation strategy, which sets out a vision up to 2050 to make Europe resilient and "fully adapted to its inevitable impacts".
Aviation 10-06-2021

Airbus, Air France want EU green funds used for jet incentives

Airbus and Air France-KLM have urged policymakers to use EU-backed green stimulus funds to support aircraft sales, according to documents released on Thursday (10 June) by InfluenceMap, an investor-led climate lobbying watchdog.
Energy 10-06-2021

EU Commission joins Czechia in legal case over Polish coal mine

The European Commission has decided to join the Czech Republic in a bitter lawsuit against Poland over what plaintiffs say is an illegal extension of a license to operate the Turów coal mine near the Czech and German border.

EU plans ‘climate action social fund’ to shield citizens from rising carbon prices

The European Commission will set up a fund to support vulnerable households if their fuel bills increase as a result of its plan to expand carbon pricing to transport and buildings' heating systems, the EU's climate chief said on Wednesday (9 June).
Energy 09-06-2021

Solar power boom clouded by rising costs, global supply chain squeeze

Global solar power developers are slowing down project installations because of a surge in costs for components, labour, and freight as the world economy bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry executives and analysts. The situation suggests slower...
Energy 08-06-2021

Study: Peak oil moves closer as energy majors shift to renewables

The world’s largest oil and gas companies increased investment in clean energy by 34% in 2020, despite a 6% fall in global energy demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research published on Tuesday (8 June). [Correction: CMS...

G7 agree on ‘historic steps’ to make climate reporting mandatory

The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, met with finance ministers in London this weekend, with discussions leading to a historic agreement that G7 nations will mandate climate reporting in line with the recommendations of the global Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
07-06-2021

LEAK: Germany backs carbon pricing extension in EU climate policy overhaul

The German government is backing an extension of European Union carbon pricing and an end to free carbon permits for airlines as the bloc prepares new measures to help meet climate change targets, according to a document obtained by EURACTIV.
Energy 04-06-2021

Romania commits to phase out coal by 2032

Romania will exit coal by 2032 at the latest and pass a law by mid-2022 to address the closure of mines and adopt socio-economic measures to support coal communities and reskilling of worers, according to the country's official recovery plan.

LEAK: EU’s carbon border tariff to target steel, cement, power

The European Union plans to impose carbon emission costs on imports of goods, including steel, cement and electricity, according to leaked documents obtained by EURACTIV.
03-06-2021

Eleven EU countries hold firm in rejecting prolonged funding for gas projects

Eleven countries, including Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, were set to reject a plan to prolong EU support for cross-border natural gas projects, and instead push for rules to exclude fossil fuels, according to a document seen by Reuters.

MEPs fear ‘green-washing’ in EU recovery plans

The Greens group in European Parliament on Wednesday (2 June) warned that national spending plans by EU member states were falling short of commitments to help reverse climate change that is at heart of the bloc's massive recovery fund.
Transport 03-06-2021

Maersk favours carbon tax for shipping

Maersk, the world's largest shipping firm, called Wednesday (2 June) for a carbon tax on ship fuel to encourage the transition to cleaner alternatives.
Global Europe 01-06-2021

OPEC, Russia seen gaining more power with Shell Dutch ruling

Climate activists who scored big against Western majors last week had some unlikely cheerleaders in the oil capitals of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Russia.

Brussels offers EU countries greater say on green finance taxonomy

The European Commission has offered EU member states a greater role in deciding which technologies can be considered a sustainable investment in Europe after narrowly escaping a humiliating defeat last year over draft labelling rules for gas under its green finance taxonomy.
EU-China 31-05-2021

Europe calls for more ambitious climate policies ahead of COP26

The world has made good progress on targets to reach net zero emissions, but now it must match those goals with policies, a senior EU official has said.
26-05-2021

EU leaders shelve request on design of climate change targets

European Union leaders on Tuesday (25 May) shelved an attempt to direct how the bloc will set new national targets for emissions cuts, weeks before Brussels is due to propose a huge package of tougher climate change policies.
25-05-2021

Bulgaria’s Radev hardens tone on EU climate policy

In what appears to have been a preview of his statement at the EU summit, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told journalists in Brussels on Tuesday (25 May) that the EU's climate policy comported “dangers” for low-income countries like his.
24-05-2021

EU leaders to debate who will pay for the green transition

European Union leaders meet to debate how to split the efforts and costs of the bloc's shift to a low-carbon future, at a summit that will set the tone for an upcoming revamp of EU climate change policies.
24-05-2021

Germany’s Scholz proposes ‘climate club’ to avoid trade friction

Germany wants the European Union to create a "climate club" with other countries like the United States, Japan and possibly even China to avoid trade friction linked to green tariffs such as a planned carbon border levy.
18-05-2021

LEAK: EU set to maintain national CO2 targets for non-ETS sectors

EU countries are likely to reaffirm national emissions goals for sectors like buildings, transport, and agriculture, when EU leaders meet for a summit scheduled on 24-25 May.
18-05-2021

IEA criticised over growing share of bioenergy in net-zero scenario

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published a new energy scenario on Tuesday (18 May), modelling for the first time how the world can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5ºC.

UK launches carbon market – without link to Europe

Britain will start its own market for trading fossil fuel emission permits this week, but with no sign of a link to the European Union's market, prices could end up being more volatile than the EU's.
17-05-2021

Merkel rejects bringing forward Germany’s exit from coal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday (15 May) rejected calls to bring forward the country's exit date for coal in power generation, currently set at 2038.

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