Energy & Environment

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23-04-2019

Making the case for level playing field in energy labelling of space heaters

Europe has been at the forefront of climate negotiations, committing to contribute towards delivering the Paris Agreement goals. This is to be achieved through an ambitious implementation of the Energy Union objectives: decarbonisation, security of supply, a strong internal energy market, increasing energy efficiency and supporting research and innovation.
Energy 17-04-2019

The EU needs a ‘Green New Deal’

Europe needs its own ‘Green New Deal’ to stave off the perfect storm of populism, climate change and economic crisis. Instead, the EU has adopted confused energy and environment policies which could be self-defeating in the long run, writes Vincente Lopez.
Electricity 15-04-2019

Walking the walk on capacity mechanisms

The European Commission’s review of Britain’s capacity market for electricity will reveal whether the EU executive really believes the recast regulation on the internal electricity market is ever likely to be fully enforced, write Philip Baker and Michael Hogan.
Electric vehicles 15-04-2019

Time for Germany to seize the opportunities of the EV transition

The German auto manufacturing industry is at a perilous moment in its long and illustrious history and it needs the help of the country’s policymakers to ensure its long-term success, writes Nigel Topping.

EU hits pause on helping farmers fight climate change

The farming sector is often blasted for its contribution to climate change. But it also has unique potential to capture and store carbon, write Imke Lübbeke and Andreas Baumüller.
Electric vehicles 11-04-2019

Norway and electric vehicles – a successful combination

Norway now has approximately 200,000 electric cars, which constitute around 7% of the passenger car fleet. The exemption of purchase tax and VAT are among the financial incentives that made this possible, writes Jon Georg Dale.

Forget Brexit. Why the next hundred days can be decisive for EU climate action

As EU leaders convene today to discuss the way forward for Britain’s departure from the European Union, they shouldn’t forget about the future ahead of them – including the all-important question of climate change objectives for 2050, writes Brook Riley.
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10-04-2019

Recycling targets set by Commission are ambitious but achievable

What do we expect from policy makers and regulation at European and national level in order to achieve recycling targets? How do we increase demand for secondary raw materials? What kind of incentives do we need? How do we achieve recycling targets through EPR schemes? What are the specific issues for very low performing countries
Batteries 09-04-2019

Battery manufacturers of Europe unite!

As electric vehicles begin to soar in popularity, one of the key members of the European Commission's in-house think-tank, Sami Andoura, asks: does Europe want to take the lead on electro-mobility or not?
Energy 09-04-2019

An Energy Union 2.0?

Four years into the Energy Union project, it is worth taking stock of one of the flagship policies of the Juncker Commission and look into future challenges, writes Piotr Arak.
Climate change 09-04-2019

ExxonMobil misled the public. Now they’re trying to mislead the European Parliament

Last month, US oil giant ExxonMobil was invited by the European Parliament to testify publicly about the history of climate change denial. But instead of responding transparently, they tried behind the scenes to discredit the peer-reviewed research conducted by Harvard University researchers, writes Geoffrey Supran.
Agrifood 08-04-2019

Seven benefits of having an aquaponics garden at home

The European Parliament research service recently listed aquaponics – the symbiotic cultivation of fish and plants – as one of the ten technologies that could change our lives, producing local food without any chemical fertilisers, writes Robert Woods.
05-04-2019

Diverting fossil fuel investments to renewables is not enough

Debate over the cost merits of fossil fuels against renewable power generation has traditionally focused on the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE), which has dropped dramatically in the case of wind and solar power. But that ignores the upfront capital costs, which are still up to seven times higher for renewables, writes Mike Parr.
Climate change 03-04-2019

Antarctica: A historic opportunity for the EU to act for the planet

The EU has a historic opportunity to protect the Southern Ocean at the upcoming EU-China summit, write Geneviève Pons and Pascal Lamy.
Economy & Jobs 02-04-2019

Stopping the demise of Europe’s aluminium industry

The European Commission needs to tackle the abusive market practices of aluminium producing countries like China that rely on state aid and environmental dumping to erode the market share of European companies, writes Mario Conserva.

A new European agenda for climate resilience

As the 2019 EU elections loom and a new European Commission takes office, climate action can become a key driver of a reformed EU project for more solidarity, protection and innovation, writes Luca Bergamaschi.
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Electricity 29-03-2019

Regulatory flaws in the Clean Energy Package, part 3: Biting more than we can chew in time?

Implementation deadlines prescribed in the new internal electricity market regulation and directive are very ambitious. Perhaps too ambitious - something is bound to be missed, either the deadlines or the goals of the new law.
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Energy 28-03-2019

How to finance just energy transition in less wealthy Member States

The EU proposes to partly finance its ambitious climate goals in less wealthy Member States through the cohesion and regional development policy. But how much of this funding can really be dedicated to the transition of the power sector in a country like Poland?
Climate change 27-03-2019

MEPs must shun calls to weaken curbs on environmental and human rights abuses

MEPs face a crucial decision. Will they take heed of the global outcry from the climate strikes, or will they water down key financial regulation to tackle environmental and human rights abuses, ask Rachel Owens and Lis Cunha.
Agrifood 27-03-2019

Only a nutrition-sensitive CAP can deliver on climate and health

The evidence is clear: to secure a thriving future for people and planet we need to collectively transform our eating patterns towards healthier, more plant-rich diets. The EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) can facilitate this transition. But several misunderstandings hinder progress.  
Energy 27-03-2019

Some order in the multiple definitions of refrigeration

People are often confused by the multiple definitions of refrigeration, published in different sources, which are mutually overlapping but never identical. Some order was recently achieved and it is also needed at EU level, writes Kostadin Fikiin.
Agrifood 27-03-2019

The EU must bury the debate on harmful fisheries subsidies once and for all

With our oceans and seas in a critical state of degradation from fleet overcapacity and overfishing, reintroducing subsidies that boost these activities must not be permitted, writes Ignacio Fesco Vanzini.
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26-03-2019

Linking the electricity, heat and gas networks key for a cost-effective energy transition

The European energy sector stands in front of a gargantuan task of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Apart from the many technical challenges for achieving this ambitious goal, there is also a social and economic dimension to it.
20-03-2019

Chemical recycling of plastic: Waste no more?

Plastics recycling is as much of a challenge as an opportunity for the circular economy. Michael Laermann looks at chemical recycling and whether it can make the plastics value chain more circular whilst providing a profitable new industry branch.

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