Energy & Environment

Energy 21-06-2021

Green hydrogen: robbing ‘electricity Peter’ to pay ‘transport Paul’?

An upcoming EU Delegated Act should stipulate that green hydrogen be produced from additional renewables, argues Geert De Cock.
EU-Africa 16-06-2021

Opportunity for whom: The EU-Africa partnership and sustainable energy transitions

The new EU-Africa partnership should focus on strengthening African governments and working with them on their renewable energy strategies, argues Jesse Ovadia.
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Energy 15-06-2021

Geothermal is the solution for the transition of coal mining regions

The preliminary ruling of the European Court of Justice that has ordered Poland to halt the lignite production at the Turów mine, and the subsequent announcement of Poland’s government that it will defy the ruling, have sent an important message...
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15-06-2021

Why European policy must tackle Whole Life Carbon in the built environment

The European Commission must address the Whole Life Carbon impact of the built environment to achieve the ambitions of the EU Green Deal. Today marks one week until the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)’s review is closed to public...

An ETS for transport and buildings is essential

An EU-wide emissions trading system for the transport and building sectors would secure the financing of low carbon solutions and support lower-income households and member states through the redistribution of carbon pricing revenues, argue Matthias Buck and Andreas Graf.
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14-06-2021

Destination net-zero in Europe – Accelerating the energy transition with the combination of renewables and gas turbine technology

The European Union has committed to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Achieving this ambitious but necessary objective means redefining its energy system.
Climate change 14-06-2021

Understanding the new ‘normal’: putting climate change into perspective

What does it mean when someone tells us that this spring has been unusually cold? How should we interpret the news that snowfall from the past winter was not typical? In fact, what is perceived as normal depends on perspective, writes Andreas Hoy.
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11-06-2021

It’s time for a serious discussion on EU waste exports

Can Europe treat all its waste in-house? Apparently not! As we all agree that sending European waste far abroad is a wrong action, let’s start an open discussion on the best ways to managing it safely within our borders.
Electric vehicles 11-06-2021

Five steps the EU can take to create a circular economy for cars

While vehicles provide economic and societal benefits, they come with a sizeable carbon footprint. The European Green Deal is a chance for car manufacturers to make their processes more circular, write Maya Ben Dror and Tilmann Vahle.
Energy 11-06-2021

Heating our homes without heating up the planet

A handful of leading manufacturers of heating systems are paving the way for clean heating, showing that ditching fossil fuel boilers is not only possible but also financially desirable, write Davide Sabbadin and Mélissa Zill.
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11-06-2021

Large-scale hybrid electricity storage: innovation for decarbonisation

Ambitious climate targets being part of the European Green Deal are currently the apple of the European Union’s eye. The growing share of renewable electricity and at the same time the necessity to secure grid stability leave more and more...
11-06-2021

Fit and fair: The case for a European fund for targeted renovation

The European Commission's commitment to create a "climate social fund" is very welcome but its design will be crucial if it is going to have an impact on building renovation, write Louise Sunderland and Samuel Thomas.
Climate change 10-06-2021

The case for an EU grand climate strategy

Following the fiasco of the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, the EU adapted its engagement in international climate politics to take better account of emerging economies, write Sebastian Oberthür and Claire Dupont. Now, it should upgrade its policy to a "grand climate strategy," combining the domestic and external dimensions, they argue.
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Energy 09-06-2021

Real Betis Balompié wants to become the most sustainable football club

Real Betis Balompié is an excellent example of what football clubs can do to fight climate change and to have an impact well beyond the pitch. All it takes to achieve positive change and winning ways is leadership, vision, and the creative energy of fans and the community.
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09-06-2021

Why we all need to speak the same language when assessing building sustainability

As buildings account for 36% of the European Union’s CO2 emissions, reducing the environmental impact of any new building is essential to contributing to the EU’s ambition to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050. Vincent Briard is Group...
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08-06-2021

Europe’s Burning Shame on Climate

Today, over 60% of the EU’s renewable energy comes from burning different kinds of biomass and garbage. About 20% comes from forest biomass, which is wood that is sourced directly from forests.
Energy 08-06-2021

Europe cannot simply rely on third countries for its green hydrogen

One thing COVID-19 has made clear is that Europe needs to be more self-sufficient. However, policymakers are looking to Africa and even further abroad for their renewable hydrogen, despite the potential pitfalls of such a plan, writes Luc Grare.
Climate change 07-06-2021

Where is Sub-Saharan Africa in the race to net-zero?

African governments face more immediately pressing economic needs than zero emissions. But meeting those needs and growing the continent's economies will depend on their energy systems evolving, argues Lily Odarno.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2021

Lack of coal phase-out commitments in Eastern Europe jeopardises just transition

Unambitious coal phase-out policies in central and eastern Europe threaten the just transition in the region and the European Commission should only accept plans that use the just transition fund to develop and diversify local economies for a greener future, writes Alexandru Mustață.
04-06-2021

Is anyone able to control the carbon price?

Carbon prices on the EU emissions trading scheme are currently rising too fast, making the market extremely volatile, but it seems the European Commission has no effective stabilising tool to tackle this, writes Robert Jeszke and Sebastian Lizak.
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03-06-2021

Fit for 55? Europe needs science- and practice-based Sustainability Criteria

If the EU really wants to deliver on its Green Deal ambitions for climate and biodiversity, the new sustainability criteria in the Fit for 55 package need to be science- and practice-based, enabling a complementary and not competing range of renewables, including bioenergy.
03-06-2021

EU must sharpen its focus on innovation to address climate change

The upcoming ‘Fit for 55’ package of EU regulations will have a vital role to play to support the creation and deployment of clean energy innovation, writes Peter Sweatman.
Transport 03-06-2021

Carmakers are killing our right to clean air

The car industry has fiercely criticised proposed Euro 7 emissions standards, claiming the regulation will cripple sales. But this is just another chapter in a long history of misleading the public, writes Anna Krajinska.
Global Europe 02-06-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – It takes two to tango

Ahead of US President Joe Biden’s maiden trip to Europe in mid-June, Germany and the United States are holding talks in Washington in a bid to settle the long-running row over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The timing of...