Energy & Environment

Energy 20-02-2018

Momentum builds behind higher renewables target

Europe could pursue a more ambitious renewable energy target for 2030 and still keep costs affordable, according to a new European Commission-backed study, which suggests a 34% benchmark ahead of all-important institutional talks.
20-02-2018

EU court fells Poland’s illegal logging of ancient forest

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that the logging of ancient woodland in Poland infringes EU law, paving the way for penalties against Warsaw and prolonging its spat with Brussels.
Electricity 20-02-2018

Greece’s private sector steps in to ‘upgrade and save’ public coal plant

Private companies have made offers to Greece’s public power company to environmentally upgrade and economically “save” a lignite power plant about to shut, as it falls foul of the EU’s CO2 emission standards.
Air Pollution 19-02-2018

German carmakers on tenterhooks ahead of diesel ban ruling

A court will decide on Thursday (22 February) whether German cities can ban heavily polluting cars, potentially wiping hundreds of millions of euros off the value of diesel cars on the country’s roads.
Energy 19-02-2018

Report: Green businesses double performance of fossil fuel peers

Clean energy investments have almost doubled the performance of fossil fuel energy stocks over the past year and a half, new figures have revealed. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.
Climate change 16-02-2018

Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

The Balearic islands’ government has launched a pioneering plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, potentially setting itself on a collision course with the Spanish government. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Circular economy 15-02-2018

France pushes for product ‘lifetime’ labelling

In a first draft roadmap on circular economy, the French government is thinking about supporting a voluntary product “life” label. But such an idea could only become mandatory at European level. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Climate change 15-02-2018

OECD urges countries to tax dirty energy

The OECD has encouraged governments to start taxing CO2 emissions more aggressively, in a new report which warns that current taxation levels are not enough to fight climate change effectively
Air Pollution 15-02-2018

Berlin downplays smog-beating free transport idea

The German government on Wednesday (14 February) sought to play down plans to introduce free public transport, a day after the radical proposal to fight air pollution made headlines around the world.
Air Pollution 14-02-2018

Germany mulls free public transport to quash air pollution menace

"Car nation" Germany has surprised its European neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2018

How Iceland became the Bitcoin miner’s paradise

Iceland is the first country to use more electricity on mining crypto-curriencies than on its households – thanks in part to its magma-fuelled power plants. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Air Pollution 13-02-2018

Air pollution legal action decision due in mid-March

The European Commission will decide next month whether to launch legal cases against nine member states that are accused of breaking air pollution action, after additional information was submitted at the eleventh hour.