Energy & Environment

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08-07-2020

Bioenergy: the necessary force to decarbonise buildings

The Renovation Wave sets high expectations. Considering buildings’ energy consumption, this initiative provides the perfect framework to address the upscaling of renewables in buildings, with a specific focus on heating and cooling. Bioenergy represents the main source of renewable heat and must be scaled up in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Energy 07-07-2020

Why national building renovation plans are key for the recovery

Renovating a country’s buildings and homes represents a massive opportunity for sustainable economic recovery, health, well-being, and CO2 reduction, writes Oliver Rapf.
06-07-2020

EU must end investment protection in the fossil sector

The Energy Charter Treaty, which dates back to the 1990s, severely restricts Europe's ability to change regulations in the energy sector, with many EU member states facing court actions worth billions of euros, write a group of MEPs. If the treaty cannot be reformed, then it must be scrapped, they argue.
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03-07-2020

Restricting lead gunshot over wetlands: Why is the European Commission proposal so problematic?

23 Member States have already phased out lead gunshot for hunting over wetlands. For the past five years, work has been underway to develop an EU-wide restriction on lead gunshot over wetlands.
Energy 03-07-2020

Housing’s role in Europe’s green transition

What investment could be wiser than one that protects the most vulnerable and contributes to climate change mitigation by decreasing our energy consumption? The Just Transition Fund must recognise housing as a cornerstone of the green transition, argue two leading MEPs and civil society leaders.
Climate change 02-07-2020

New coal law will be ‘canary in a coal mine’ moment for German presidency

As Germany takes the helm of the EU, its problematic coal law risks sending out the wrong signals, writes Riccardo Nigro.
Energy 01-07-2020

The energy transition, electricity prices and hydrogen

Hydrogen from electrolysers is a 3-in-one energy carrier delivering three solutions to three important emergency energy transition problems, write Mike Parr and Simon Minett.
Climate change 01-07-2020

The Climate Law cannot compromise with the laws of physics

Given the non-linear and irreversible nature of climate change, relying on uncertain future technologies like carbon capture and storage is hazardous and only delays urgent actions that need to be taken now, write Laurent Hubert, Jean-Noël Geist and Adrien Jahier.
Climate change 29-06-2020

Towards a truly green vision for Europe’s energy system

The EU can reach climate neutrality as early as 2040, according to a group of environmental NGOs which have mapped out a scenario to move the bloc towards a 100% renewable energy system by then.
Energy 29-06-2020

Green investment plan will be an impulse for economic growth

The coronavirus pandemic has forced decision-makers to change their perspective on the economy and adapt to the new normal. In this unprecedented moment, we propose solutions which will trigger a new impulse for development. Michał Kurtyka presents Poland's view on the green investment plan.
Energy 29-06-2020

Pushing water uphill: Putting power behind the renovation wave

Minimum energy performance standards can contribute to turning the tide on energy renovations in two ways, writes Louise Sunderland.
Energy 26-06-2020

COVID-19 means tackling energy poverty is more urgent than ever

The COVID-19 crisis is hitting European consumers in the pocket, causing rising unemployment and falling income for those who have kept their jobs. Spending more time at home as a result of lockdown measures could make matters worse for energy...
Climate change 26-06-2020

Next Generation EU? Then it’s time to listen to youth

The recovery plan from the COVID-19 crisis must be in line with climate commitments, ensure no-one is left behind in the green transition, and create space for the voice of youth, write young climate activists.
Batteries 25-06-2020

Is nickel sustainable in electrical vehicle batteries?

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular and attractive as prices fall and charging infrastructure becomes more widespread. Dr Mark Mistry explains what factors affect the sustainability of one of the most important ingredients in a car's battery: nickel.
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25-06-2020

The Renovation Wave: an opportunity to scale-up real energy savings through energy management

The European Commission has recently stated its will to put the European Green Deal at the heart of the Recovery Plan. After the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, which has heavily affected the European economy, it has clearly appeared that Europe needed...
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24-06-2020

NEW Cepi study on material substitution effect: Choosing forest-based products over fossil materials is good for climate and EU economic recovery

For the first time a study evaluates the overall positive climate effect of the European forest-based industrial ecosystem by aggregating the “substitution effect” of preventing CO2 emissions from fossil-based materials with the forests and forest products’ carbon sink and storage.
Energy 24-06-2020

Why the EU should care about one gas dispute in the Eastern Mediterranean

The EU has the duty to play the responsible adult and intervene in facilitating an agreement between Israel and Cyprus to enable the development of the major Aphrodite natural gas field, write Rony Halman and Gilad Segal.
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24-06-2020

The European Green Deal is here to stay

The European Green Deal is here to stay and will be a driver of the recovery, requiring more resources like copper writes Bernard Respaut, Chief Executive, European Copper Institute (ECI - part of International Copper Association)
Circular economy 23-06-2020

How Europe’s top food retailers are failing to disclose food waste-based emissions

European food retailers need to widen the scope of their greenhouse gas reporting in order to account for emissions resulting from food waste across their supply chains, writes Matthew McLuckie.
Electric vehicles 23-06-2020

Germany’s EU presidency: A chance to boost electric cars at home and abroad

Germany’s six-month-long stint at the helm of the EU Council Presidency will see it preside over talks on the Commission’s planned €750 billion recovery fund. Stef Cornelis explains why Berlin should ensure those talks result in a green agreement between...
Future of mobility 22-06-2020

Bikes and trains, the tandem to tackle the climate crisis

Bicycles and trains have become the mobility keystone of the ‘new normal’ with great potential for the green European recovery. The EU must ensure they go hand-in-hand, according to the European Cyclists Federation.
22-06-2020

Let’s not forget biodiversity

Halting biodiversity loss and restoring nature are essential to Europe’s economic recovery, writes Michel Derdevet. The EU’s aspiration for global leadership on this depends on its ability to lead by example and intensify its actions on the ground, he argues.
19-06-2020

Green Deal: The long battles lying ahead

From September, we should expect intense battles between EU institutions, business groups and civil society that will be sharpened by the COVID-19 crisis whose consequences are incalculable, writes Daniel Guéguen.
18-06-2020

The Brief – Who will stand for the European Green Deal?

When the new European Commission took office in November, its much-vaunted Green Deal was the centre of worldwide attention. This week, EU leaders are meeting to decide how much of it can still be saved.
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