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EPMF Event Conclusions
Circular economy 19-12-2018

Do you want to know the precious metals recipe to address potential trade offs between Chemical Management and Circular Economy?

The “Conflict and Opportunity: Chemical Management, the Circular Economy and Precious Metals” event concluded on the 5th of December in Brussels after an inspiring afternoon of engaging debate around the subject. We are delighted to be able to share with you our formal conclusions derived from the afternoons lively debate.
07-12-2018

Local Energy Communities: driver of the 2050 low-carbon agenda?

Households and neighbourhoods feeding small-scale electricity and heat into a decentralised European energy grid: this is the vision developed by proponents of microgeneration. As much as half of EU citizens – including local communities, schools and hospitals – could be...
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Tackle
07-12-2018

TACKLE: Teaming up for A Conscious Kick for the Legacy of Environment

The world’s favourite sport is setting its sights on tackling global problems that are related to the environment all around us.
Politics 30-11-2018

Tweets of the Week: Brexit fatigue, net zero, and where’s Zuckerberg?

Brexit fatigue sets in swiftly, climate targets net zero by 2050, and no show Zuckerberg looks incredibly shifty.
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Energy 29-11-2018

BSEF at the Energy Storage Global Conference 2018

BSEF, The International Bromine Council, was a proud exhibitor at the 2018 Energy Storage Global Conference.
28-11-2018

Food packaging and the environment: Towards the end of single-use packaging?

Plastic plays a significant role in food packaging as: it serves to meet product safety and quality requirements. However, some types of packaging remain difficult to recycle for a number of technological and practical reasons and are prone to littering.
Climate change 23-11-2018

Ecological disasters in the EU: Can new technologies save lives?

Over the past two years, the EU has seen a wide range of natural and ecological disasters. In November 2017, the European Commission revealed ambitious new plans to strengthen Europe's ability to deal with natural disasters.
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The benefits of Capacity Mechanisms
20-11-2018

Understanding the benefits of capacity mechanisms for social welfare

A growing number of EU Member States have set up Capacity Mechanisms in recent years, as a way of ensuring the investments that are necessary for long term security of supply.
Transport 19-11-2018

Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans: Transport Decarbonisation Options for Member States

Transport decarbonisation poses many challenges and requires significant actions by EU Member States between now and 2030.
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19-11-2018

The importance of Bromine in reducing Mercury emissions

Bromine-based technologies are helping to reduce mercury emissions from thermal coal-fired power stations and thus contribute to the Minamata goals.
Climate change 08-11-2018

COP24 – The road to Katowice: Changing together for a ‘just energy transition’

Transforming the global energy system towards low-carbon alternatives would not only mitigate climate change but also offer an opportunity to fundamentally change the way natural resources and public goods are managed. However, ambitious climate policies should not come at the expense of social justice.
Electricity 06-11-2018

Regulated energy prices: The end of an era?

Many European countries have various types of limits on gas and electricity prices paid by consumers, a legacy inherited from the post-war period.
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05-11-2018

Mineral oils: from cradle to clean

Printing inks, car tyres, lip balm, baby oil… do you know what they have in common? They are all made using mineral oils.
Climate change 19-10-2018

Climate change and natural hazards: What advantages for building resilience?

Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme weather events, including droughts, flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires. In 2017, costs were estimated to be $306 billion, which is almost double 2016’s loss of $188 billion.
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18-10-2018

VISION 2050: A Pathway for the Evolution of Liquid Fuels

Vision 2050 has already started. Discover all the technologies that are well advanced to develop low-carbon liquid fuels for transport and feedstocks.
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Energy 16-10-2018

REDay2018: key outputs from the conference

The amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) contains a vision for 2050 for the buildings stock in the EU – it will have to be highly energy efficient and decarbonised, reaching cost-effective nearly zero energy levels.
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Air Quality 01-10-2018

The importance of periodic vehicle emission tests for air quality

European legislation has a very good instrument to detect high emitting vehicles in use - the periodic emission test of vehicles.
27-09-2018

Europe’s electricity market: Ensuring supply security in the transition to renewables

The on-going transformation of the EU power industry is leading policymakers to re-evaluate the current design of electricity markets. Electricity generated from renewable sources has become one of the most important sources of electricity, paving the way for a transition towards a low-carbon energy system. 
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20-09-2018

Workshop on Online Sales of Non-Compliant Products

Hervé Grimaud, the Chairman of EucoLight, the European Association of Lighting WEEE Compliance schemes, invites stakeholders to a Workshop on Online Sales of Non-Compliant Products.
Agrifood 19-09-2018

Survey on organic food: What’s behind the hype?

Survey: The demand for organic products is rising in Germany. Is this all just marketing is there more behind this increase in turnover. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 06-09-2018

The evolution and functioning of Europe’s natural gas market as a result of the Third Gas Directive

The liberalisation of European gas markets is widely recognised as a success by industry analysts. But EU politicians are sometimes reluctant to celebrate it because liberalisation on its own has failed to deliver on another key objective – supply diversification.
06-09-2018

The role of capacity markets in the electricity market transition

The European Commission presented two proposals on Electricity Market Design as part of its Clean Energy Package of November 2016. Discussions on the package have tended to focus on the level of ambition, in particular Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency targets.

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05-09-2018

The EU should deliver healthy and affordable drinking water for all

The EU’s revision of the Drinking Water Directive is the perfect opportunity to ensure that we will all have healthy and affordable drinking water now and for future generations.
Over A Coffee with Maroš Šefčovič
18-07-2018

Over A Coffee with Maros Sefcovic

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič meets with EURACTIV’s Sam Morgan over a coffee to talk about Europe’s climate policy, Nord Stream 2 and why he thinks he can succeed Jean-Claude Juncker in the top job.