Energy & Environment

Transport 29-05-2017

EU drafts tougher ‘Dieselgate’ rules to stop cheating

National ministers moved today (29 May) to crack down on emissions cheating after the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal by giving the European Commission more powers to monitor testing and fine automakers.

Who is still pursuing the Paris climate goals in Europe?

As the negotiations on Europe’s key climate policies draw to an end, it is time to take stock and ask if Europe, a self-proclaimed climate leader, is really delivering on its international commitments, writes Femke De Jong.

Energy 29-05-2017

Poor housing linked to rising asthma cases in Europe

One in six Europeans – equivalent to the entire population of Germany – live in a damp or mouldy building, which increases their chances of getting illnesses such as asthma, according to a new study.

Energy 29-05-2017

Healthy buildings, healthy people

The renovation of the EU’s building stock is seen as critical in achieving the bloc’s climate change targets, while reducing dependence on imported fuel. However, less is known about the positive impact renovation can have on people's health.

Energy 29-05-2017

Building efficiency: Waking up the sleeping giant

Cutting wasteful energy use in buildings is at the centre of EU efforts to decarbonise its economy and reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports. However, there is still vast untapped potential in modernising heating, cooling and ventilation equipment known as technical building systems, research has shown.

Electricity 29-05-2017

Are we about to change the way we use electricity?

As Europe’s electricity system undergoes a major transformation, consumers may be expected to change some of their habits. But this will only happen if consumers have something to gain from these changes and they are given a proper choice, says Monique Goyens.

26-05-2017

Sobotka and Fico: Czechs and Slovaks committed to nuclear energy

The Czech Republic and Slovakia see nuclear power as key to their future energy mix. But new reactors needed in both states, however, face financing problems due to the low price of electricity. EURACTIV.cz reports.

25-05-2017

Protecting conservation or commercial interests?

The highly invasive raccoon dog has been nominated for inclusion on the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern, yet cynical moves are afoot to thwart this conservation measure, warn Ilaria Di Silvestre, Staci McLennan and Joanna Swabe.

Global Europe 25-05-2017

Tusk, Juncker to press Trump on Euro-Atlanticism

Top European Union chiefs meeting Donald Trump for the first time today (25 May) will push cooperation on global trade and fighting climate change as they try to show that the bloc should matter to the United States.

Energy 24-05-2017

The EU needs to meet decarbonisation targets at affordable prices

Nuclear is the only reliable source of low carbon energy, without which decarbonisation targets simply cannot be met at affordable prices, writes Tim Yeo,

Circular economy 23-05-2017

Greens table action against programmed obsolescence

The European Parliament broke new ground on Friday (19 May), when French Green MEP Pascal Durand submitted an own initiative report aimed at tackling products with an artificially built-in shelf life, with MEPs due to vote soon. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Climate change 23-05-2017

France climate ambition ends where the forest begins

France likes to be seen as a leader on climate action, but when it comes to the role of forests, the country’s priorities lie elsewhere. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 23-05-2017

Russian PM: Turkish Stream will enter EU via Bulgaria or Greece

Russia is in negotiations with Greece and Bulgaria regarding the entry point on EU territory of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is quoted as saying by the Russian press.

Energy 22-05-2017

EU energy ministers warned over dilution of energy savings ambition

The EU’s 28 energy ministers have underlined the “flexibility” necessary to achieve the bloc’s energy savings objectives for 2030, calling into question the European Commission's ambition to put "energy efficiency first", insiders have warned.

Agenda for Change 22-05-2017

Vulnerable countries sound alarm on climate finance

The countries most exposed to the effects of climate change are still waiting for the finances they were promised in Paris in 2015. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 22-05-2017

Swiss vote for renewable energy boost, ban on new nuclear plants

Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum yesterday (21 May).

19-05-2017

Celebrating 25 years of the EU’s nature directives

Europe’s nature protection legislation has had remarkable success with a tiny budget over the last 25 years. Just think what we could achieve with adequate funding in the next quarter-century, writes Andreas Baumüller.

Energy 19-05-2017

The evidence behind a 40% energy efficiency target

The myth about the negative impact of high-efficiency ambition on the competitiveness of EU member states is dismantled by the European Commission’s modelling results, writes Yamina Saheb.

Biofuels 19-05-2017

Industry and farmers see biofuels as a crucial market ‘outside CAP’

Farmers see biofuels as a crucial source of income but investors clashed with NGOs at an event organised by EURACTIV last week (12 May), over the European Commission’s post-2020 biofuels proposal and the realities of its impact on rural areas.

Global Europe 18-05-2017

Poland’s PGNiG urges tough stance in EU antitrust case against Gazprom

State-run Polish oil and gas company PGNiG urged the European Commission today (18 May) to take a tough stance in its antitrust investigation into Gazprom, saying the Russian company should have to pay a fine and sell assets.

Energy 17-05-2017

Stronger together: The EU’s energy and climate governance

Governance is not about imposing new obligations to member states. It is about mobilising and coordinating all relevant actors, including cities and regions. Europe is changing. Europe is greening. Let’s embrace this change rather than falter, write Michèle Rivasi and Claude Turmes.

Climate change 17-05-2017

EU has opportunity to seize global leadership on forests and climate

Former 'climate heroes’ France, Finland, Sweden and Austria are fighting tooth and nail to weaken EU land accounting rules, also known as the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation, writes Hannah Mowat.

Agrifood 17-05-2017

Report: British consumers mistakenly claim they recycle every day

Today, on International Recycling Day (17 May), a new report found that consumers are confused about recycling and recommends raising awareness of the practice.

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Electricity 17-05-2017

Electricity markets reimagined: Flexible by design

In just over a decade, we will be able to build a new electricity system around renewable energy that is cleaner, produces almost no carbon emissions, costs less than a system built around natural gas, and is just as reliable, writes David Nelson.