Energy & Environment

Electric cars 22-05-2018

Europe’s e-mobility gamechangers

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The European Union is starting to think in earnest about how to reduce the impact of transportation on the environment. But are plans to tackle a sector whose emissions continue to grow too strict or not ambitious enough?
Energy 14-05-2018

European gas markets

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At the turn of the century, the European Union launched a vigorous liberalisation agenda in a bid to open up its national gas markets – aiming for lower prices, a greater range of suppliers and energy security. EURACTIV takes stock of progress made and the challenges lying ahead.
Energy 17-04-2018

Energy transition: Ambitious enough?

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Europe needs to decarbonise its economy in order to meet its Paris Agreement obligations, but how ambitious are its plans for an energy transition?
Agrifood 16-04-2018

Economic viability in the next CAP

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EU farmers are calling for a simplified Common Agricultural Policy that will provide security for them to invest in their business and make a profit. Can the next CAP ensure a healthy and profitable business environment in the farming sector?
Circular economy 01-03-2018

Closing loops for a circular economy

After marathon talks, negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member states reached agreement last December on a package of waste legislation, which sets new targets for recycling. But although the ink has not yet dried on the deal, the European Commission is already preparing a revision of the laws.
Climate change 20-02-2018

Europe’s mayors: Speeding up the energy transition

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While the EU hammers out its continent-wide energy and climate policy for the next decade, steps are being taken at local level to fight climate change and make a low-carbon European economy a reality.
Circular economy 05-02-2018

Packaging and the environment

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European countries are preparing to implement a brand new set of waste and recycling laws, following the conclusion of negotiations on the circular economy package in December. But there is more ahead, with the Plastics Strategy unveiled by the European Commission only one month later.
Agrifood 29-01-2018

European forests and climate change

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Forests are Europe’s biggest carbon sinks and forestry the sector with the greatest potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the quantities needed to meet the bloc’s objectives under the Paris Agreement.
24-01-2018

Fact-checking science

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Trust in science may face a tough time ahead as doubts about transparency and the way scientific evidence is used by policymakers persist. But the EU institutions at least seem aware of these concerns, as this latest Special Report shows.
Electricity 04-12-2017

Electricity networks: Connecting the dots

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The growing electrification of the economy, driven by renewables, requires additional power networks to cope with the expected surge in demand for electric vehicles and consumer-centred services. EURACTIV explores the implications in this Special Report.
01-12-2017

Seal of approval: Greenland fights stereotypes on Inuit hunt

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Greenland has launched an initiative to support Inuit and indigenous communities in Canada and the EU to improve the perception of sealskin products. It focuses on sewing in a QR code which allows consumers to check their legality by scanning the label...
Energy 25-10-2017

Renewable gas

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Gas is not often mentioned in the same bracket as renewable energy but that could all change, as energy providers look to address the issue of surplus renewable power and storage problems.
Energy 11-10-2017

Lighting

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The European Union took a bold step when it imposed a ban on incandescent light bulbs in 2008. Almost ten years on, EURACTIV.com takes stock of progress made and sets sights on the next frontier – Human Centric Lighting.
Energy 09-10-2017

Energy performance of buildings

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Lawmakers in the European Parliament's industry committee are voting this week on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). EURACTIV.com takes a closer look at the latest changes made to the bill before it clears this major political hurdle.
Central Asia 30-08-2017

Expo 2017 Astana

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EURACTIV.com reports from the International Exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan. Highlighting the theme "Future Energy," the expo aims to foster a global debate on "how to ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions".
Energy 21-06-2017

Heating and cooling

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The heating and cooling of buildings and industry is responsible for half of the EU’s energy consumption, and “much of it is wasted” according to the European Commission.
Energy 29-05-2017

Healthy buildings, healthy people

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The renovation of the EU’s building stock is seen as critical in achieving the bloc’s climate change targets, while reducing dependence on imported fuel. However, less is known about the positive impact renovation can have on people's health.
Biofuels 08-05-2017

Rural Renaissance

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Developing rural areas across Europe has emerged as a necessity in order for the EU to meet a wide range of economic, environmental and social challenges.
Energy 08-05-2017

Financing energy efficiency

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The European Union has made energy savings in buildings one of the cornerstones of the bloc's efforts to cut dependence on imported fuel. But private investors are still wary of unlocking the trillions of euros of capital needed to renovate Europe's ageing building stock.
Agrifood 20-03-2017

EU farming getting smarter

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The European Union is exploring ways of helping its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) enter the digital era after 2020.
Energy 21-11-2016

Electricity in transition

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Europe’s electricity system is on the cusp of a deep revolution, driven by the imperative of decarbonisation and the move towards decentralised renewables energy production.
Energy 17-10-2016

Sunlight at the end of the tunnel?

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Europe is the most solarised region in the world, but deployment of technology needs to be stepped up if the bloc is to meet its climate commitments.
Energy 12-09-2016

Transition to green economy

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The transition to a green economy requires nothing short of a revolution, transforming society from a culture based on extraction and consumption into one based on sustainability and low carbon energy, transport and agriculture.
Energy 13-06-2016

Consumers, regulators and energy efficiency in buildings

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Saving energy consumption in buildings will play a key part in Europe’s transition to a clean, secure and efficient energy system.