Energy & Environment

07-11-2019

Metals are Europe’s climate compass. Here’s why

The future of Europe’s metals industry will be an early indicator of whether the EU has succeeded in uniting its Green New Deal and Industrial Strategy, write Tomas Wyns and Gauri Khandekar.
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06-11-2019

Towards a more sustainable Europe: the potential of standards

European standards play a fundamental role in the quest for sustainability. The inclusiveness of the European standardization system ensures that it takes into consideration the concerns and priorities of society, contributing to long-term viable solutions to today’s most complex problems.
05-11-2019

EU-wide innovation support is key to electrolysis in Europe

The German government should support the establishment of an EU-wide framework for green hydrogen to keep electrolysis manufacturing competitive, write Matthias Deutsch and Andreas Graf. Matthias Deutsch is a senior associate at Agora Energiewende, a German think tank and policy...
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05-11-2019

Promoting European climate ambitions and strengthening trade policies to safeguard strategic industries go ‘hand in hand’

Europe can no longer afford to act naively. We must promote open trade based on environmentally friendly practices but we must also protect Europe's jobs and industry from unfair practices worldwide.
Circular economy 04-11-2019

Climate action needs better products

The EU has recently paved the way for longer-lasting products. Now we must enshrine this ambition into our future European Green Deal, write Jean-Pierre Schweitzer and Melissa Zill.
Transport 04-11-2019

High time we start taking renewable electricity seriously as a transport fuel

Transport's contribution to EU emissions is more and more in the spotlight. Geert De Cock explains what the European Commission should do to get more renewable energy into our vehicles.
Energy 30-10-2019

It’s time to scrap the Energy Charter Treaty

The EU taxpayer is the main loser from the continuation of the Energy Charter Treaty which locks Europe into carbon and energy injustice at a high cost to taxpayers, argues Yamina Saheb.
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Agrifood 29-10-2019

Used Cooking Oil biodiesel: best in class to decarbonise road transport

The Used Cooking Oil biodiesel (UCO) is best in class to decarbonise road transport and therefore, it attracts “bullying", writes EU waste biodiesel producers (EWABA).
Elections 25-10-2019

Swiss politics goes Green with a capital G

The surge in support for Green parties in the Swiss elections suggests that the Alpine country is shying away from right-wing populism and euroscepticism, writes Denis MacShane.
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Agrifood 25-10-2019

Fraudulent Used Cooking Oil biodiesel – bad for the climate and a blow to EU farm, oilseed and plant protein sectors

While the storm brews over fraud in Europe’s used cooking oil biodiesel it is a good idea to reflect on who is actually being defrauded.
Electricity 23-10-2019

UK capacity market déjà vu: A solution that’s still in search of a problem

The European Commission is currently examining a UK government request to approve its so-called “capacity mechanism” to finance back-up power plants. However, there is no evidence to suggest that such a mechanism is necessary to bring forward new investment in electricity generation, argue Philip Baker and Michael Hogan.
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Energy 21-10-2019

Our buildings are making our children sick

The youngest generation is losing healthy life years due to the poor state of the homes and schools that they spend much of their youth in. Its imperative that legislators across Europe implement the EU’s new building directive before the deadline in March 2020.
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18-10-2019

LNG protocol declaration for the use of LNG as the go-to fuel of the future

The LNG industry welcomes the support of the President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen for the potential of affordable liquified natural gas (LNG) in her mission letter to Kadri Simson, Commissioner-designate for Energy. The LNG industry endorse LNG as a fundamental asset that helps meeting EU`s long-term decarbonisation targets and the `just` energy transition and believe in its valuable contribution to the EU Green Deal.
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17-10-2019

3 Winners of the European Social Innovation Competition to be announced in Brussels on 24th October

This year’s European Social Innovation Competition has looked for projects that offer fresh thinking on how to deal with Plastic Waste. 543 entrepreneurs applied to take part in the Competition and now a Judging Panel of independent experts has narrowed...
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Energy 16-10-2019

Europe’s just energy transition

The transformation of the Polish energy sector is one of the biggest challenges that Poland’s economy is facing right now. This is why the members of the Polish Electricity Association (PKEE) are, already today, commencing proactively several initiatives aimed at...
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14-10-2019

Investing in the solutions Europe needs

Eurogas President Philippe Sauquet announces support for the European Commission's vision of a carbon neutrality by 2050 and calls on industry players to work with legislators on timely and innovative solutions for gas, both technological and legislative. This will demonstrate how gas and gas technologies can enable the energy transition
14-10-2019

Juncker Commission stalls EU climate bank in starting blocks

While the European Investment Bank is making efforts to end fossil fuel funding, the Juncker Commission is doing its best to frustrate it – and to undermine Ursula von der Leyen, writes WWF’s Sébastien Godinot.
14-10-2019

Why we should back the EIB on ambitious energy policy

As part of putting the Paris Agreement into action, the EU and its Member States should back the European Investment Bank’s proposal to cease fossil investments, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Agrifood 14-10-2019

Something fishy this way comes

We can have more fish in the sea and secure a profitable future for our fishermen and women if we respect the sustainable limits of catches and let the stocks recover, writes Chris Davies.
11-10-2019

Sustainable finance drive can help address EU’s political challenges

Sustainability and inclusivity have correctly been placed as guiding principles for Europe’s finance policy. The next few months – with decisions on the EIB and the start of a new European Commission – will be decisive in order to put those principles into action, write Tom Jess and Sandrine Dixon-Declève.
09-10-2019

Money to burn

Harmful EU financing driving deforestation shows the need for Commissioner designate Frans Timmermans to commit to new rules on corporate responsibility for deforestation and environmental harm, writes Giulia Bondi.
Climate change 08-10-2019

Increasing Europe’s R&I budget is critical to grow the economy and fight climate change

Without an increased investment in research and innovation, the European Union will be unable to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and will lose out to economic rivals on the competitive advantage this could present, writes Connie Hedegaard.
Electric vehicles 07-10-2019

Electric vehicles: How close are we to closing the global emissions gap?

Electric vehicles are a massive talking point on the agenda for tackling climate change but what are the challenges facing large-scale deployment and how far can they take us to close the global emissions gap? Lucy Craig explains the situation.
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Climate change 04-10-2019

Air travel growth suggests ‘sustainable’ and ‘development’ are not compatible

Air travel is not the only threat to life on earth, but it is a useful barometer of runaway economic growth and development that, if allowed to continue unmitigated, will irreparably harm the planet, writes Jonathan Gornall.

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