Energy & Environment

Climate change 16-08-2019

July 2019 hottest month on record for planet, US agency finds

July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday (15 August), confirming earlier observations by the European Union.
Agrifood 14-08-2019

EU slaps anti-subsidy duties on Indonesian biodiesel

The European Commission on Tuesday (13 August) imposed countervailing duties of 8% to 18% on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia, saying the move aimed to restore a level playing field for European Union producers.
Climate change 09-08-2019

Climate crisis reducing land’s ability to sustain humanity, says IPCC

The climate crisis is damaging the ability of the land to sustain humanity, with cascading risks becoming increasingly severe as global temperatures rise, according to a landmark UN report compiled by some of the world's top scientists. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Agrifood 08-08-2019

EU opens antitrust investigation into PKN’s bid for rival Lotos

Polish oil refiner PKN Orlen's bid for rival Lotos may reduce competition in Poland and neighbouring countries and push up prices, EU antitrust regulators said on Wednesday (7 August) as they opened a full-scale investigation.
Climate change 06-08-2019

Greta Thunberg: World leaders must prove they’ve listened to climate activists

World leaders must prove that they have listened to young climate activists after a year of protests has not led to any progress in the reduction of greenhouse emissions, leading activist Greta Thunberg said on Monday (5 August).
31-07-2019

Mediterannean is Europe’s most waste-polluted sea, study says

The Mediterranean Sea is the most waste-polluted sea in Europe, according to a 20-year study conducted by the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer). EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Energy 26-07-2019

Russia says second leg of Turkish Stream will go via Bulgaria, not Greece

The second leg of the Turkish Stream pipeline will go through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday (26 July).
Energy 26-07-2019

Nord Stream 2 takes unusual legal step against the Commission

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline company has taken an unusual legal step in its dispute with the European Commission by asking the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to annul the amendments to the Gas Directive which the Gazprom-led...
Energy 26-07-2019

EU continues to fund coal and steel research

A relatively unknown EU fund supports coal and steel research projects. Among other things, the money is used to purchase highly toxic gases and optimise processes in the coal industry. EURACTIV Germany reports.
26-07-2019

Five reasons to be optimistic about the environment

Let's face it, when it comes to the environment, there isn't much to rejoice about. So to spare you a long summer of eco-anxiety, we looked for some glimmers of hope. Here are five reasons to be optimistic.
Economy & Jobs 25-07-2019

Is the EU-Mercosur deal being highjacked by premature criticism?

Almost a month ago, the European Commission signed a free trade agreement with the South American trade alliance Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). Since then, criticism has hailed, and not only from protectionists. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 25-07-2019

How Trump’s climate U-turn exposed the limits of European power

America's decision to pull out from the Paris Agreement has put European diplomats in an awkward position, EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
Climate change 25-07-2019

Heat wave smashes European records

Belgian zookeepers fed tigers with chickens encased in giant ice cubes on Wednesday (24 July) as northern Europe baked in record temperatures during another heat wave that climate experts believe could become the new normal.
Aviation 24-07-2019

German Greens want to ban domestic flights by 2035

Germany's Greens plan to make domestic flights 'largely obsolete' by 2035. To this end, they want to introduce a tax on kerosene and gradually increase rail traffic. The EU, however, is far from finding a solution on how to tax air travel. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Germany eager to become global leader in developing hydrogen technologies

Germany intends to invest €100 million annually into the research of hydrogen technologies. This could be the business of the future, as well as the country's next top export. However, the future of green gas is still extremely shaky. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future of mobility 23-07-2019

Transport committee chair: The aim is to put climate on political agenda in all sectors

In an interview with EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement, the newly elected chair of the European Parliament's committee on transport and tourism (TRAN), French Green MEP Karima Delli, spoke about her new priorities. These include relaunching the rail system, regulating transport in a climate-friendly manner and reducing car pollution.
22-07-2019

Bad water management makes drought worse, study finds

As Europe is facing a new heatwave this week, drought emergency measures will be back on the table. According to a study EU member states do a lot to worsen the impacts of drought.

Von der Leyen’s French inspiration on climate protection

Ursula von der Leyen has great plans for environmental protection. Some of her ideas have long been propagated by France, but have been ignored by Germany so far. Can the new European Commission President change that? EURACTIV Germany reports.

Dutch urge swift EU hydrogen push to cut industry, transport emissions

The European Commission should create an EU-wide market for hydrogen “as soon as possible” rather than wait for renewable energy-based varieties to be commercially available, a top Dutch ministerial envoy has said.
Energy 19-07-2019

Nord Stream 2, EU drifting towards legal arbitration

The European Commission and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline company are heading toward legal arbitration in their dispute, with a risk of huge fines for EU taxpayers and uncertainties for the Gazprom-led company that are even more difficult to evaluate.
Politics 19-07-2019

EU energy portfolio attracts member states’ attention

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Poland set to delay EU deal on 2050 ‘climate neutrality’ target

European leaders will struggle to broker a stronger climate package before December, experts say, as Warsaw prepares to play hard for funding. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
Shipping 18-07-2019

Oil tanker investments at risk from climate action, report says

Strong action on climate change would shrink demand for vessels by a third, impacting investment decisions being made now, analysts say. EURACTIV’s partner Climate Home News reports.
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Energy 18-07-2019

With fraudulent practices on Europe’s energy refurbishment market, national market authorities are needed!

Public decision-makers want to see progress on the energy refurbishment market. This means that EU member states need to take measures to enable the emergence of energy transition operators.

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