Energy & Environment

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.
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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.
12-07-2018

How to reduce the impact of plastic products on the marine environment?

The ocean provides us with everything we need: food, oxygen, inspiration and jobs. It also regulates the climate. Despite its vital importance, between 4.8 and 12 million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year.
Air Quality 27-06-2018

Transport’s role in improving air quality in Europe: How best to co-ordinate regulation?

Some 40 million people in the 115 largest cities in the European Union are exposed to air exceeding WHO air quality guideline values for at least one pollutant, resulting in approximately 100,000 premature adult deaths each year.
Energy 21-06-2018

The Future of Cooling: Implications for Energy and the Environment

The demand for space cooling in buildings is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decades.
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Energy 12-06-2018

COGEN Europe: Future energy system needs to combine heat and power

The cogeneration sector is committed to creating a resilient, decentralised, carbon neutral European energy system by 2050 with cogeneration as its backbone.
12-06-2018

Transitioning from conventional to advanced biofuels: What cost for consumers and taxpayers?

The European Commission’s proposal on the Renewable Energy Directive II reduces the cap on the contribution of conventional biofuels to transport fuel from a maximum of 7% in 2021 to 3.8% in 2030.
11-06-2018

Is the Commission credible about preventing plastic pollution?

June 8th was World Oceans Day and the European Commission was quick to point out their contribution to preventing plastic pollution ending up in the ocean.
25-05-2018

Solar trade barriers: Who are they benefiting?

In December 2013, the European Union imposed trade defence measures on solar panels and cells from China, which are set to expire in September 2018.
23-05-2018

Heating and cooling: Towards a fossil-free reality?

Today, several renewable technologies are available to decarbonise heating and cooling (H&C). They are mature and ready to deliver but the market uptake of renewable energies in the H&C sector remains difficult.
17-05-2018

Under Pressure, with Nord Stream 2: ‘How often do you receive calls from Mr Putin?’

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project has come under intense scrutiny from the European Commission, which drafted a special directive last year to try and stop it. EURACTIV’s Frédéric Simon asked the awkward question to Nord Stream 2’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul Corcoran.
16-05-2018

Making bioeconomy circular: How far can circular economy principles be applied to the bioeconomy?

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way.
26-04-2018

Integrating the EU energy rules into South East Europe

In 2015 the European Commission adopted its strategy for a European Energy Union, to give a boost to completing the internal energy market. Since then, many member states and even regional wholesale markets are increasingly characterised by fair and open competition.
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Transport 23-04-2018

I+Manifesto for a strategic and innovative future industrial policy

The I+ Manifesto is a voluntary initiative by the European aluminium industry designed to inspire Europe’s decision makers to imagine a renewed, refreshed and dynamic industry, promoting action and guiding the debate for the coming political cycle and beyond.
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Transport 19-04-2018

European Aluminium launches its Digital Activity Report 2017

In this first digital European Aluminium Activity Report, our industry is anticipating future policy direction, allowing us to take steps towards realising Europe’s vision and ambitions for a revitalised industry and a sustainable society.