Transport

Electric vehicles 21-02-2020

Case against Tesla: Are German environmental groups abusing their rights to sue?

Two environmental associations have brought a case against the clearing of forests for a new Tesla factory in Brandenburg, saying they want to protect the environment. But is it possible that these associations are not seeing the bigger picture and are acting against their own cause? EURACTIV Germany reports.
19-02-2020

Nine EU countries voice opposition to EU ‘Mobility Package’

The number of countries opposing the EU mobility package grew from six to nine on Tuesday (18 February) when the transport ministers of Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Cyprus, Malta and Estonia made their positions clear in Brussels.
Health 19-02-2020

The French MEP bashing football clubs over their flying habit

Green MEP Karima Delli has latched out at football clubs for their contribution to climate change as big teams prefer flying for short distances instead of using alternative, more sustainable modes of transport.
18-02-2020

Europe’s oil dependency to stick to transport up to 2030

Despite the European Commission's proclaimed aim of decarbonising transport, and various pieces of legislation it has pushed forward, Europe’s transport sector will remain heavily dependent on oil until 2030.
Railways 17-02-2020

TGV-maker Alstom confirms bid attempt for Canadian rival

French train maker Alstom has confirmed it is in talks on the possible acquisition of the train business of Canada’s Bombardier, a potential €6.5 billion deal that could help it build scale in the increasingly competitive rail sector.
Health 14-02-2020

Cambodia stages PR stunt with passengers of ‘coronavirus’ cruise ship

Passengers on a cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday (14 February). Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen welcomed around 100 tourists...
Aviation 14-02-2020

Europe’s airports risk watery grave, as ‘cost of inaction’ debate heats up 

More than 20 of Europe’s airports could be underwater by the end of the century if current climate trends continue. The prospect of economic and even security chaos is starting to drive home the message that the cost of doing nothing will outweigh the price of climate action.
Railways 12-02-2020

UK approves new high-speed line despite rising costs

Britain said Tuesday (11 February) it will begin full construction work on its new high-speed railway line in April following years of delays, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed the project despite soaring costs.
11-02-2020

Altmaier lobbies, hydrogen boost & a bridge to nowhere

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‘There is overlap’ between EU’s green trillions, says EIB energy chief

The European Investment Bank decided to scrub its loan books of fossil fuels in 2019 but the lender's head of energy policy, Andrew McDowell, insists that there is more to the change of direction than ditching coal and gas.
Brexit 10-02-2020

UK plans to create 10 free ports to jolt post-Brexit economy

Britain plans to announce the location of up to 10 post-Brexit freeports by the end this year so they can begin operating in 2021, the government said on Sunday (9 February).

Nordics bet on advanced biofuels to suit carbon neutrality ambitions

Scandinavian governments put the bar high up in their commitment to becoming carbon neutral and several companies have responded by developing new technologies to harness forest resources, the Nordic green gold, in a bid to reduce transport emissions.
Aviation 07-02-2020

‘Flight shame’? Europeans have never flown as frequently

Many people claim they are flying less to protect the environment but the figures say otherwise. The aviation industry is doing better than ever and its emissions have more than doubled since 1990. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Aviation 05-02-2020

Ryanair’s green claims branded ‘misleading’ by UK regulator

A British regulator on Wednesday (5 February) banned advertisements by Ryanair that gave "misleading" claims over the Irish airline's "low" level of carbon emissions - a move welcomed by environmental campaigners.
Railways 04-02-2020

Eurostar launches direct Dutch link, targets short-haul flights

Cross-Channel rail link Eurostar will operate a return London-Amsterdam service from April, the company announced on Tuesday (4 February), as it aims to up its game against short-haul plane travel. Eurostar has operated a one-way service to Amsterdam from the...
04-02-2020

Macron’s jolt, Danube dilemma & mind the Brexit gap

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04-02-2020

UK plans to bring forward ban on new petrol and diesel cars

Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, five years earlier than previously planned, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday (3 February) as he launches a major UN climate summit due to take place in Glasgow in November.
03-02-2020

German Greens want to sue transport minister over motorway upgrade debacle

With the transport ministry increasing the costs to upgrade Germany's motorways, the Greens are demanding to have access to important documents related to their construction. However, the country's conservative transport minister, Andreas Scheuer (CSU), is stonewalling. EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Batteries 03-02-2020

Macron cuts ribbon on first battery mega-project

French President Emmanuel Macron attended on Thursday (30 January) the ground-breaking ceremony for a new battery factory in southwest France: the first real result of an EU-led policy aimed at boosting the industry and helping it withstand global competitors.
Economy & Jobs 31-01-2020

EU bank rides out Brexit impact ‘surprisingly well’, says EIB chief

Economic uncertainty caused by the UK’s imminent EU departure did not stop the European Investment Bank (EIB) having a record-breaking year in 2019, according to the bank’s president. Werner Hoyer said that the lender dealt with it “surprisingly well”.
Energy 30-01-2020

Belgium hopes to lead world with new hydrogen project

Surplus wind power could soon light and heat Belgian homes thanks to a planned hydrogen plant on the North Sea coast, set to be the world’s first commercial-scale project of its type.
Agrifood 28-01-2020

Portuguese tech institute to produce advanced biofuels from tree-pruning-waste

A project to use the waste from pruning vines and fruit trees to produce advanced biofuel is being developed at the BLC3 Campus of Technology and Innovation in Oliveira do Hospital, the campus president said today. EURACTIV's partner Lusa.pt reports.
28-01-2020

Industry inklings, ‘Irish stew’ & Brexit-scooters

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Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

LEAK: EU charts 6G future in ambitious industrial plan

The European Commission has set out a series of comprehensive plans to revolutionise the bloc's industrial sector, with a heavy interest in developing key technologies with 'strategic importance', including measures to go 'beyond 5G' and 'towards 6G.'

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