Energy & Environment

19-10-2020

Preserving biodiversity in Europe: Is sustainability the answer?

While most of the world is focusing on climate change and the steps needed to curb it, another critical environmental aspect - that of biodiversity - is failing to get the attention it deserves.
Circular economy 12-10-2020

Nonwovens target more sustainable future

The nonwovens sector is planning to inject more sustainability into its mix, with issues like new EU rules, a greater focus on recycling and the coronavirus pandemic all set to influence the future of the industry.
05-10-2020

Critical raw materials

The European Commission has launched a fresh attempt at securing access to minerals like lithium and rare earth elements, saying those will be critical to underpin Europe's growth in digital and green industries.
Batteries 22-06-2020

Navigating the road ahead for battery tech

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Europe's climate agenda and willingness to tag its virus-recovery efforts to green objectives mean that electric-battery technology is due for a great decade.
Energy 16-06-2020

Energy efficiency services

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With the EU's building renovation wave coming soon to your local town hall, has the time finally arrived for the energy services industry? In this special report, EURACTIV gives an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
Agrifood 27-04-2020

Circular economy in Spanish agri-food sector

The Spanish agri-food sector is taking a central role in the uptake of the circular economy, by reusing raw materials and reducing waste in both agriculture and food production.
Energy 02-03-2020

Europe’s new Climate Law: Leaving no-one behind?

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When she took the European Commission's helm in December, Ursula von der Leyen pledged to deliver the EU's first Climate Law within the first 100 days after taking office. The proposal, due on 4 March, aims to enshrine into hard legislation the bloc's objective of becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
30-01-2020

Europe’s flat glass sector: An industry profile

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After losing the solar PV market to China, Europe's flat glass industry is concentrating on its strongholds: chiefly buildings, and automotive. But it also has its eyes set on the next generation solar panels as well as high-tech digital applications.
Agrifood 20-01-2020

Bioeconomy in the CAP’s nine objectives

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Bioeconomy will play a crucial role in delivering the European Union's environmental and climate neutrality agenda. The farm sector is no exception and at least half of the nine objectives of the post-2020 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) relate directly to this concept.
Energy 16-12-2019

Ukraine gas transit: What’s at stake

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By building the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines, Russia is seeking to circumvent Ukraine for the transit of billions of cubic meters of gas bound to European countries. EURACTIV looks at the issues Europe faces with gas transit at its border.
11-12-2019

Raw materials in the EU economy

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Securing access to critical raw materials has become a strategic objective for the European Union as the bloc moves towards ever-more digitalisation and green, high-tech products. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at some of the essential building blocks of the 21st century economy.
Energy 09-12-2019

COP25: Countries pressed to deliver

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The COP is meant to pave the way for countries to raise their climate ambition before the end of crucial year 2020. Climate negotiators know that they are under tight scrutiny from stakeholders, first and foremost cities, businesses, and Fridays for Future.
Agrifood 03-12-2019

COP25: Is transport decarbonisation pragmatic enough?

Stakeholders will be meeting in Madrid for the COP25 Climate Change Conference over the next two weeks (2-13 December), and transport decarbonisation is expected to take centre stage in the discussions.
The Movasa Wind Farm in Costa Rica.
03-12-2019

Sustainable finance: Going green’s crucial ingredient

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The scale of the energy transition required in Europe and the wider world is huge, as is the financial bill attached to the shift. Companies are already starting to align their business models around green policies but is there appetite...
Air Quality 27-11-2019

Polluted air: the invisible killer

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The European Environment Agency estimates that 374,000 Europeans die prematurely every year due to air pollution.
Energy 18-11-2019

Raw materials: Aiming for sovereignty

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In face of fierce global competition, how can Europe secure access to key raw materials for the future of its industry?
Energy 06-11-2019

Energy supply and end-use integration (sector coupling)

Sector coupling is the new energy buzzword in town. In essence, it means bringing energy supply closer to large consuming sectors such as transport, buildings and industry in search of greater efficiency, more renewables and lower carbon emissions.
Agrifood 29-10-2019

Brave new food world

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At the dawn of a new legislative term, Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen seems determined to increase the ambition on a new integrated food strategy that will involve the entire food supply chain, from farm soils to supermarket shelves.
Energy 14-10-2019

Buildings and the forgotten 90%

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Human beings spend on average 90% of their lives indoors. Buildings are also a huge drain on energy resources and create a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. This Special Report looks deeper into the places we live and work.
03-10-2019

Future of gas

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Last year, the European Commission started working on a new package of legislation for the gas sector. With the "European Green Deal" now coming up, and updated climate targets in the pipeline, the initiative is set to take a new dimension, focusing on decarbonisation strategies for 2030 and 2050.
Energy 30-09-2019

Biomethane in the EU

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Biogas production remains tiny at the moment in Europe, but the industry has big plans for the future, provided costs can be lowered and environmental issues addressed. In this special report, EURACTIV looks into the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
Energy 25-09-2019

Decarbonising Europe’s heating sector

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Heating is responsible for almost half (40%) of the EU's total energy consumption, and a large share of the bloc's carbon emissions. Yet, politicians are reluctant to confront the issue head-on. EURACTIV examines the reasons behind this and some of the solutions being considered at local and EU level.
Energy 18-09-2019

Aluminium in a low-carbon world

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Just as the European aluminium industry undertakes costly efforts to decarbonise, the sector is finding itself caught up in a trade war involving Chinese dumping and US tariffs that threaten to destabilise European production.
Energy 18-06-2019

Funding a just energy transition in Europe

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As negotiations on the EU's next long-term budget continue, EU countries are jockeying for funding opportunities to assist them in the transition to clean energy. A number of schemes are being envisaged to ensure the transition leaves no-one behind as industrial sectors such as coal and automotive face closures or deep restructuring.
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