Climate change Archives

  • Burning trees as climate mitigation: A resort to the Court

    20-03-2019

    There is no debate that burning wood for energy emits more greenhouse gases per unit of energy than burning fossil fuels. Yet the EU's renewable energy directive continues to uphold that burning forest wood is "carbon neutral," write Jean-Pascal van Ypersele and Mary S. Booth.

  • Meeting the call of the youth: Governing the transition towards a climate-neutral Europe

    18-03-2019

    The determination to combat climate change is deeply rooted in the values of the new generation. If well-nurtured, their commitment can drive a sustainable transformation of the whole European economy, write Matilda Axelson and Ólöf Söebech.

  • The burden of coal at the doorstep of the Energy Union

    Electricity 18-03-2019

    At a time when the EU strives to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, coal still represents more than half of electricity across much of the Western Balkans and other EU neighbouring countries, writes Janez Kopač. Making things worse, coal plants are intensively supported by Chinese and US capital, without active opposition of the EU, he says.

  • Climate change – A people’s case

    09-03-2019

    A Saami reindeer herder in Sweden's Arctic Circle and a livestock farmer in the Romanian Carpathians are both living proof that climate change is impacting Europe's water resources and endangering our fundamental rights, write a cross-party group of MEPs.

  • Time to get rid of EU’s unanimity rule on green fiscal matters

    04-03-2019

    Taxation is the last EU policy area where decision-making exclusively relies on unanimity. A gradual shift to qualified majority voting would help reach environmental objectives more effectively at a time when action on climate change is more urgent than ever, argue Eero Yrjö-Koskinen, Patrick ten Brink and Emma Watkins.

  • A long-term vision for a climate neutral EU can jumpstart a faltering European economy

    Climate strategy 2050 01-03-2019

    Top business leaders believe that the transition to a climate neutral economy will create new opportunities for Europe. As EU energy and environment ministers meet in the coming days, they must realise this and adopt policies for the long-term, writes Eliot Whittington.

  • Going climate neutral: Will EU leaders give the green light?

    Climate strategy 2050 01-03-2019

    As EU leaders prepare to debate the European Commission’s proposal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, most eyes will again be on Poland, writes Brook Riley.

  • A CCS wake-up call

    Climate strategy 2050 28-02-2019

    Reaching net-zero emissions means not only decarbonising the electricity system but the whole energy system. And Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will be necessary to achieve that, writes Guloren Turan.

  • Five questions surrounding Germany’s coal phase-out plan

    Energy 26-02-2019

    Many in Germany want to have their cake and eat it by scrapping nuclear power and avoiding coal at the same time. Pieter Cleppe looks at some of the questions raised by Germany’s decision.

  • Banking on the energy transformation

    Energy 25-02-2019

    In the last five years, the European Investment Bank (EIB) provided over €50 billion in clean energy investments in Europe and around the world. As a new cycle opens, Andrew McDowell explains the key principles that will underpin the EIB’s future lending policy.

  • Time for EU bank to comply with EU’s climate objectives

    Energy 25-02-2019

    As the European Investment Bank (EIB) holds a meeting in Brussels today (25 February) to consult the public on its new energy policy, Wendel Trio reflects on the role the EU’s bank should have in tackling the climate crisis.

  • Greening the EU’s foreign and security policy

    21-02-2019

    Climate change and ecosystem degradation are significant security threats; the European Union should take urgent action to address these as a part of its foreign and security policy, write Johanna Nyman and Marianne Kettunen.

Want to know what's going on in the EU Capitals daily? Subscribe now to our new 9am newsletter.