Energy & Environment

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.
18-07-2019

Greens want four EU Commission jobs in return for von der Leyen support

The Greens in the European Parliament have spelt out their conditions for backing future legislative proposals coming out of the new Commission that will take office on 1 November. EURACTIV's media partner Ouest-France reports.
Air Quality 17-07-2019

Reducing car traffic could be the only solution to reduce air pollution

The massive reduction of car traffic could be the best solution to sustainably improving air quality, according to a report published by France's health and food safety agency (Anses) on Tuesday (16 July). EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Electricity 17-07-2019

100% renewable power requires radical EU market fix, Poles argue

Polish energy officials have called for a major overhaul of EU power markets, saying the deployment of up to 100% renewables will require a decentralised way of trading electricity, based on local “nodes” rather than regional bidding zones defined at European level.

Von der Leyen pressed to deliver on climate after winning EU vote

The European Parliament confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as the first women president of the European Commission in a nail-biting vote on Tuesday (16 July) that put climate change centre stage. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
Energy 17-07-2019

How vulnerable is Europe to conflict in the Strait of Hormuz?

NEWS ANALYSIS / The involvement of a British tanker in the latest military incident with Iran in the crucial oil shipment choke point has pulled Europe into the fray.
17-07-2019

French environment minister quits over spending criticism, lobsters

France's environment minister resigned on Tuesday (16 July) following a week of reports by an investigative website about his high spending on private lobster dinners and costly renovations of his ministerial residence.
Energy 16-07-2019

EU asserts ‘right to regulate’ as part of energy charter treaty reform

EU member states gave the European Commission a mandate yesterday (15 July) to revise the Energy Charter Treaty, saying the legally-binding charter must reinstate Europe’s “right to regulate” in areas like climate change and workers’ rights.
16-07-2019

Large companies fail to disclose impact on deforestation

Almost three out of four companies with a significant footprint on the world's forests have failed to provide data on their impact on global deforestation in 2018, according to a study published by environmental non-profit organisation CDP on Tuesday (16 July).
Energy 15-07-2019

EU co-finances new arch for Chernobyl

Reactor 4 of the Ukrainian Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been covered with a new arch and is the largest mobile structure ever built by humans. This time, it has been co-financed by the EU. EURACTIV's media partner Euroefe reports.
Circular economy 15-07-2019

Rome prepares to ship its rubbish across Europe, raising environmental concerns

The exit strategy from Rome’s current garbage crisis involves re-routing thousands of tonnes of junk to Sweden and other EU countries, with a huge financial and environmental cost in terms of CO2 emissions.
Aviation 15-07-2019

Emission-busting aviation taxes gain ground, despite airline pushback

Ryanair in April became the first airline to be included among Europe’s top ten polluters, with some calling the airline company ‘the new coal’ industry. Large economies like France and Germany have begun seeking impact-reducing alternatives to air travel by imposing new taxes.
Aviation 12-07-2019

Why we are far from imposing a tax on kerosene

France introduced a tax on airline tickets this week. However, this does not really replace a tax on kerosene, which continues to be tax-exempt across Europe. But why is the EU not introducing such a tax? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Electricity 12-07-2019

Poland firms up gas, nuclear plans to fill green power gap

Replacing Poland’s obsolete coal power fleet is a top political priority for the country, both for environmental and energy security reasons. But even as it steps up renewable energy plans, Warsaw is also pushing hard for new gas and nuclear plants to fill in the gap.
Energy 12-07-2019

EU threatens Turkey with sanctions over Cyprus drilling

The European Union is set to curb contacts and funding for Ankara in retaliation for what it calls Turkey’s “illegal” drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus and stands ready to ramp up sanctions further, according to a draft statement....
Climate change 11-07-2019

The Brief – The art of the climate deal

Commission president hopeful Ursula von der Leyen tried her hand at a spot of climate diplomacy on Wednesday (10 July) but her efforts fell flat. Finland’s EU presidency showed her how it’s done today.
Climate change 11-07-2019

Cat videos, online porn branded ‘an ecological disaster’

Clicking through videos on YouTube, watching porn online or binge watching shows like Game of Thrones are growing threats to climate goals, according to a French study published today (11 July).
Aviation 11-07-2019

European airline chiefs push back against flight shaming, carbon taxes

The heads of some of Europe’s largest airlines hit back on Wednesday (10 July) against efforts to discourage Europeans from flying, arguing the industry was making huge strides in cutting its carbon footprint and that there was no shame in air travel.
Climate change 11-07-2019

‘rescEU’: A European fleet to fight forest fires

More than 200 people were killed in forest fires across Europe in 2017 while more than 100 perished in flames last summer. This year, a new EU-backed fleet of fire-fighting planes is getting ready to prevent further disasters.

EU Commission nominee backs 50% carbon cut by 2030, fails to win Greens’ support

Ursula von der Leyen said Europe should become the world’s first climate neutral continent, as she sought lawmakers’ backing for the top job on Wednesday (10 July). EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.

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