Climate change

Energy 28-09-2021

The energy crisis shows fossil gas is not dependable

The energy crisis will be painful for many Europeans and emergency measures are needed to ensure gas keeps flowing to keep people warm for the next few months. But the EU must also recognise that this is good money thrown after bad, writes Jonathan Gant.
28-09-2021

Gas crisis is no excuse to halt Europe’s low-carbon transition

With rising fossil fuel prices comes a short-term political temptation to shy away from the investments necessary to decarbonise energy and industry. However, this current crisis must not become a driving argument to halt long-term goals for a transition to...

Why CO2 transport and storage infrastructure is vital to reach climate neutrality

The large-scale deployment of cross-border CO2 transport and storage infrastructure is crucial for the EU to reach its 2050 climate target. To this end, all modes of CO2 transport – pipeline, ship, barge, truck, train – and CO2 storage should be included in the revised TEN-E regulation, writes Dr Graeme Sweeney.
17-09-2021

How Italy can charm China into global climate action

Mario Draghi can use his role at the helm of the G20 to persuade China to sign up to global climate targets, argue Luca Bergamaschi and Bernice Lee.
16-09-2021

EU methane rules must cover the entire gas supply chain, including imports

A group of environmental organisations and global energy companies, including Shell, have called for mandatory EU rules on methane encompassing the entire gas value chain, including imports from abroad, writes Maarten Wetselaar.

Europe needs to speed up on climate action

Europe's recent push to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions is desperately needed, but it is happening too slowly, with many key measures laid out in the Fit for 55 climate package not coming into force until the 2030s, writes Michael Bloss.
14-09-2021

Carbon removals must not become an expensive greenwashing tool

Supporters of carbon removal technologies often confuse carbon capture and storage (CCS) with negative emissions. They also risk greenwashing industry claims of climate neutrality, and encourage massive investments in false climate 'solutions' that risk becoming stranded assets, writes Wijnand Stoefs.
07-09-2021

To stop deforestation, banks too must be reined in

A tough EU law on forest commodities must include both trade and the financial sector, write Irene Wabiwa and Christoph Thies.
30-08-2021

Turkey’s 2021 wildfires are part of a wider environmental failure

Wildfires have occurred in Turkey for thousands of years, but the amount of land destroyed increased significantly in 2021, an embarrassing situation for the government which decided to impose penalties on media outlets that did not appear sympathetic to its position, writes Alexandra de Cramer.
30-08-2021

Why Norway’s efforts to curb deforestation abroad is a PR stunt

Norway’s investment of billions in fighting overseas deforestation follows the West’s hypocritical relationship with climate change, once again shifting the blame on developing nations whilst diverting attention away from the West’s culpability in environmental destruction, writes Muhammed Magassy.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Energy 26-08-2021

Greek fires: Blaming climate change is only the start, phasing out fossil fuels is the rest

If Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is to help save Greece – and the planet – from the climate emergency, the changes his government must make are dramatic, writes Jonathan Gant.
Future EU 02-08-2021

Empty words and slogans will not decarbonise Europe

Empty words and slogans will not decarbonise Europe. The EU's leaders must stop paying lipservice to the climate emergency, writes Helena Marschall.
02-08-2021

The climate crisis is here and it is already killing people

This is the moment for urgent and equitable action to prevent dangerous global warming and address the climate crisis, ensuring that those responsible for it do not end up paying the heaviest price, argue climate activists.
19-07-2021

Fit for 55 will penalise poor Europeans

The European Commission's 'Fit for 55' legislative package will penalise poor Europeans. This is not the just energy transition the EU promised, writes Martha Myers.

‘Fit-for-55’ package: Squaring the circle

With its 'Fit for 55' climate package, the European Union finds itself at the centre of a three-dimensional puzzle. Burdens need to be shared between 450 million citizens and 25 million businesses, as well as between member states, in a way that is acceptable to enough of them, writes Georg Zachmann.

EU climate targets are undermined by ETS subsidies. They must end

Some industry groups have called to maintain free CO2 allowances in addition to the upcoming carbon border levy. Their addiction to subsidies must be brought to an end, otherwise Europe risks triggering a trade war that would also undermine the EU's climate leadership, write Connie Hedegaard and Pascal Lamy.

Make the Fit for 55 package fit for cities

Europe's new and revised climate legislation needs to enable cities to reach climate neutrality by mid-century, including by encouraging more building renovation and driving the transition to clean energy, European mayors write.

How to make a success of the EU carbon border adjustment

The EU has clearly fallen short in communicating its upcoming carbon border levy abroad, including on how it intends to use the revenues raised by it. Fortunately, it still has time to fix these shortcomings, write Anne Gläser and Oldag Caspar.
28-06-2021

The EU needs to make its upcoming climate and energy legislative package ‘Fit for 1.5°C’

A post-covid Europe must make far more effort when it comes to tackling climate change. Even with its recently enhanced target of at least 55% emissions reduction by 2030, the EU still fails to keep us safe from a climate catastrophe, argues Wendel Trio.
28-06-2021

The EU must tell the world it will power past coal by 2030

The G7's failure to agree a concrete exit date for coal leaves the EU as the only global heavyweight able to provide leadership, argues Pieter de Pous, saying the European Commission's upcoming 'Fit for 55' package provides the best opportunity to do that.
Biomass 22-06-2021

How the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive risks destroying Europe’s forests

If the Europe Union doesn’t want an explosion in the amount of wood being harvested for “renewable heat”, it’s essential that the bugs in the Renewable Energy Directive are fixed, write Samuel Thomas, Dominic Scott and Dr Jan Rosenow.
14-06-2021

Understanding the new ‘normal’: putting climate change into perspective

What does it mean when someone tells us that this spring has been unusually cold? How should we interpret the news that snowfall from the past winter was not typical? In fact, what is perceived as normal depends on perspective, writes Andreas Hoy.

Fit and fair: The case for a European fund for targeted renovation

The European Commission's commitment to create a "climate social fund" is very welcome but its design will be crucial if it is going to have an impact on building renovation, write Louise Sunderland and Samuel Thomas.
10-06-2021

The case for an EU grand climate strategy

Following the fiasco of the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, the EU adapted its engagement in international climate politics to take better account of emerging economies, write Sebastian Oberthür and Claire Dupont. Now, it should upgrade its policy to a "grand climate strategy," combining the domestic and external dimensions, they argue.

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