Energy & Environment

Climate change 18-09-2019

Aluminium sector illustrates close link between trade and climate policy

New production methods and uses are making aluminium a material of choice for European policymakers looking to decarbonise the economy. But a flood of cheap carbon-intensive aluminium from China could complicate these efforts.
Climate change 18-09-2019

French researchers forecast more intensified global warming

According to new forecasts, the target laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement of 1.5 degrees Celsius could be out of reach, while temperature increases might even reach 6 or 7°C by 2100. EURACTIV France reports.

‘We need this dinosaur’: EU lifts veil on gas decarbonisation strategy

As the new European Commission of Ursula von der Leyen prepares to take office, one of its key priorities will be to deliver on a new market design for gas that will have EU decarbonisation objectives at its core. And natural gas of fossil origin will play a significant part, officials say.
Energy 17-09-2019

Saudi attack will jolt oil markets out of ‘complacency’ over Gulf tensions – analysts

The price of oil has seemed relatively immune to heightened tensions in the Gulf, but this weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities means markets will now be more skittish.
Climate change 17-09-2019

Wealthy countries still failing on $100 billion climate finance pledge

In 2017, the most industrialised countries contributed a little above $70 billion to nations vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This number is far below the annual $100 billion pledged in 2009 for the following decade. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Climate change 17-09-2019

Paris promises: where the world’s biggest polluters stand

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has convened a major new climate summit on September 23 because the world's main polluters remain well behind their goals as laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Climate change 16-09-2019

Thousands of car protesters block Frankfurt Motor Show with bikes

Thousands of protesters took advantage of this year's international motor show in Frankfurt to call for a "transport revolution" - by parking their bikes. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
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Central Asia 13-09-2019

Kazakhstan’s history of peace, denuclearisation are valuable in time of global risks, says President

As the role of international law and global institutions in maintaining peace and security diminish, Kazakhstan’s history of peace and denuclearisation can serve as a valuable model, Kazakh President told the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.
Circular economy 12-09-2019

First ‘millennial’ Commissioner to address challenges for Generation Z

Putting the youngest ever Commissioner-designate in charge of managing the most fearful threats for future generations of Europeans, such as environment protection and oceans' conservation, is the biggest gamble Ursula von der Leyen took in composing her team.
Agrifood 12-09-2019

Forest protection likely to be new priority for EU Parliament

Large areas of forest are being cleared worldwide for the agricultural industry. Although the EU requires its contracting partners to protect the environment,  it lacks the means for enforcement. Environmentalists and the European Parliament see an urgent need for action. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 11-09-2019

Brussels unlikely to appeal EU court decision hampering Nord Stream pipelines

The EU executive is unlikely to appeal a decision of the EU General Court in Luxembourg on Tuesday (10 September) to restrict the transit of Russian gas via the Opal pipeline, running on German territory.
Climate change 11-09-2019

Energy transition ‘happening fast but not quickly enough’ to stop planet heating: report

The remaining carbon budget to limit global warming to 1.5°C will be exhausted as early as 2028, even as the transition to low-carbon energy gains momentum, according to risk management firm DNV GL, which calls for “extraordinary policy action” to lower emissions.
11-09-2019

Green Deal branded as ‘hallmark’ of new European Commission

"I want the European Green Deal to become Europe's hallmark,” said European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, as she tasked her second-in-command with overseeing Europe’s goal of achieving climate neutrality by mid-century.
Transport 10-09-2019

EU eyes end of energy tax waivers for air and sea transport sectors

The European Union is studying a reform of energy taxes to align them with climate targets, an EU document showed, listing as possible measures higher minimum tax rates, fossil fuel levies and the end of waivers for the air and sea transport sectors.
09-09-2019

EIB begins metamorphosis into climate bank

European Investment Bank (EIB) directors will begin discussing on Tuesday (10 September) an updated lending policy which could see the EU bank stop funding fossil fuel projects. But some member states and even the European Commission might push for a more reserved approach.
Climate change 09-09-2019

EU countries have ‘no concrete plans’ to phase out fossil fuel subsidies: report

Not a single EU member state has so far spelled out a comprehensive plan to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, despite a commitment taken at the G20 ten years ago to eliminate them, according to a fresh analysis of the bloc’s 28 National Energy and Climate Plans.
Energy 09-09-2019

US will sanction whoever purchases Iran’s oil, official says

The United States will continue to impose sanctions on whoever purchases Iran's oil or conducts business with Iran's Revolutionary Guards and no oil waivers will be re-issued, a US official said on Sunday (8 September).
Agrifood 06-09-2019

France’s path towards sustainable farming eroded by increased droughts

The intense drought in France has already led to the elimination of fallow fields. It has also created tensions that are not so favourable to the negotiations over the EU's new Common Agricultural Policy. EURACTIV France reports.

Norway’s carbon storage project boosted by European industry

A Norwegian project aimed at storing millions of tonnes of carbon emissions underneath the North Sea received a shot in the arm on Thursday (5 September), when some of Europe’s biggest industrial players signed up to preliminary agreements.
Energy 06-09-2019

Oil and gas companies risking $2.2trn in stranded assets during low-carbon transition, report warns

Since 2018, oil and gas companies have spent $50bn (€45.3bn) on investment projects that undermine the Paris Agreement, with a new report from think tank Carbon Tracker warning that major companies risk wasting $2.2trn (€1.9trn) on stranded assets by 2030. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net report.
Electric vehicles 05-09-2019

EU auto industry forms unlikely alliance with NGO on electric cars

Long-time adversaries Transport & Environment and ACEA have signed a partnership to roll out electric vehicle charging points, as the auto industry seeks to rebrand with a focus on digital and electric.
05-09-2019

European Central Bank should ‘gradually eliminate’ carbon assets, Lagarde says

The European Central Bank should phase out climate-warming investments by preferring green bonds, Christine Lagarde said as she pitched to become the bank’s first female president. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
Climate change 04-09-2019

International negotiations to protect the high seas advancing at ‘snail’s pace’

The third session of negotiations on the preservation of marine biodiversity in the high seas held under a UN Intergovernmental Conference came to an end in New York on 30 August. However, negotiations only resulted in a framework for a future treaty. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Energy 04-09-2019

Luxembourg leads EU push to climate-proof Energy Charter Treaty

Luxembourg will push for a deep reform of the Energy Charter Treaty at EU level in order to align it with global climate objectives, said the country’s energy minister Claude Turmes, who did not rule out scrapping the treaty altogether if reform talks don’t progress fast enough.

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