Climate change Archives

  • EU warned about ‘lost decade’ for renewables as costs continue to fall

    News | Energy 13-01-2018

    The cost of generating electricity from renewable energies is set to reach new lows worldwide, according to projections by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), published on Saturday (13 January).

  • Accelerating the path towards ‘solar energy 3.0’

    Opinion | Energy 12-01-2018

    Europe is currently in the first stage of photovoltaic solar development. Moving to the next phases, 2.0 and 3.0, will require a smart new Green Deal that avoids the “boom-and-bust” developments of the past and leverages private investment to achieve high renewable energy goals, writes Stefan Degener.

  • Trump admits US could rejoin Paris Agreement

    News 11-01-2018

    President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (10 January) that he actually cares about the environment and that his only misgivings about the Paris Agreement are that it treated the US unfairly. He admitted that Washington could rejoin the climate accord under fairer terms.

  • To finance the energy transition, EU leaders must restore their ambition

    Opinion | Electricity 10-01-2018

    The investment case for low-carbon energy is strong: increased economic growth and jobs, reduced transition risks, and the most cost-effective pathway to realising the goals of the Paris Agreement. Why, then, are EU energy ministers so reluctant to provide the legislative framework required to shift the trillions? writes Stephanie Pfeifer.

  • Norway only liable for emissions produced within borders, court rules

    News 09-01-2018

    Environmental groups have failed in their bid to prevent Norway from issuing exploration licences in the Barents Sea. A court did not agree that the decision breaches the Norwegian constitution, insisting it only applies to emissions produced within the country's borders. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’environnement reports.

  • German coalition negotiators agree to scrap 2020 climate target

    News 09-01-2018

    Germany's would-be coalition partners have agreed to drop plans to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020, sources familiar with negotiations said on Monday (8 January) – a potential embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel.