A European-built satellite designed to precisely measure sea levels successfully made it into orbit on Saturday (21 November), helping the EU's Copernicus fleet of eyes-in-the-sky grow in size and provide a fresh set of climate-relevant data.
The European Commission on Friday (20 November) launched "the world’s first ever ‘green-list’" of sustainable economic activities for private investors by publishing draft guidelines under the EU's green finance taxonomy.
Governments around the world need to urgently address this year's 11.6% drop in biofuel output, caused by the pandemic, in order to meet transport’s decarbonisation goals, the head of the renewable energy division at the International Energy Agency (IEA) told EURACTIV in an interview.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to move the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars forward to 2030, as part of a raft of new policy announcements to drive the UK towards its net-zero target. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
The Netherlands will impose an air passenger tax in 2021 and it decided on Friday (13 November) to hike the previously announced €7 charge per person to €7.45. Planned levies on cargo flights will be cancelled.
Boosting the use of greener jet-fuel is both a regulatory and an operational challenge. Airports, airlines and manufacturers have all shown interest in sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) and are starting to use them more and more. Here are some of the success stories so far.
The European Commission will soon unveil its ‘ReFuelEU’ initiative, aimed at ratcheting up the amount of sustainable fuel used in aviation. The scheme is eagerly awaited as cheaper access to greener fuels could help reduce air travel’s carbon emissions.
From January 2026, all cars sold in Europe will need to emit zero grams of CO2 per kilometre in order to be considered "sustainable" under the EU's green finance taxonomy, according to a leaked draft seen by EURACTIV.
The Norwegian government has announced plans to ban heavy fuel oil (HFO), a dirty marine fuel that propels most vessels, around its Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The effort comes as UN efforts have been deemed too slow.
The environmental impact of flying may have decreased in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic but sustainability is still on the radar of the industry, which is increasingly eyeing greener fuels as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
German airline Lufthansa will offer customers on select flights the option of a free coronavirus test prior to departure, as part of a pilot scheme aimed at perfecting new hygiene protocols and operating "100% negative tested passengers".
Aviation is gearing up for big changes in how the industry is regulated, as climate targets bite. The options available to decarbonise planes are plentiful and the challenge now is to invest enough resources in tech upgrades and regulatory tweaks to get the job done.
The European Commission is not responsible for the highway toll debacle, Martin Selmayr, the head of the European Commission Representation in Austria, said on Thursday (5 November). EURACTIV Germany reports.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) could withdraw support for new airports, according to a draft climate roadmap seen by EURACTIV. However, the bank is set to keep funding motorways, as well as approving investments under the old rules until 2022.
Car manufacturers are shelling out millions of euros on so-called pooling agreements with rival firms in an attempt to avoid big EU fines for missing CO2 reduction targets. Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, Honda and others have so far brokered deals.
Berlin Brandenburg airport will open its doors for the first time on Saturday (31 October), a decade late and billions of euros over budget. The ill-fated hub is opening for business at an inauspicious time for aviation.
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