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Five reasons to be optimistic about the environment

Let's face it, when it comes to the environment, there isn't much to rejoice about. So to spare you a long summer of eco-anxiety, we looked for some glimmers of hope. Here are five reasons to be optimistic.
Energy 26-11-2018

EU slows down in race for renewables, energy efficiency

Progress on renewables and energy efficiency is slowing across the EU, mostly due to rising energy consumption in transport, according to latest data from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Elections 05-02-2018

German coalition agreement: No breakthrough for Europe yet

After a week of talks, German coalition negotiators agreed on the cornerstones of their new programme. But when a new government could actively participate in meaningful EU reform is still uncertain. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 13-06-2017

New energy labels for appliances seen as boon for consumers

The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (June 13) the introduction of new energy labels for household appliances, which MEPs and industry experts said should enable consumers to save money and cut energy consumption while helping the bloc reduce overall carbon emissions.
Climate change 01-03-2017

EU ministers reach compromise on carbon market reform

EU ministers reached a compromise on reforms to the carbon emissions market yesterday (28 February), moving the European Union closer to adopting rules that are crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Climate change 01-02-2017

Sluggish renewables investment poses challenge to EU energy plans

European investment in renewables has dropped by half since 2011 but the EU remains “well on track” to hit its 2020 target of boosting the sector by 20%, the European Commission said today (1 February) as it launched its second report on its Energy Union strategy.
Climate change 01-12-2016

Report: EU on track to meet 2020 target for renewable energy

EU countries are on track to meet their 2020 targets for renewable energy and emissions cuts but could fall short of ambitious longer-term goals, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Thursday (1 December).
Climate change 16-11-2016

Germany positive about 2050 climate targets, 2020 looks less promising

Environmentalists have praised Germany for its ambitious 2050 emissions targets, where it is aiming for a 95% reduction in comparison to 1990 levels. But things are less rosy when it comes to its 2020 targets. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Energy 31-08-2016

EU meets energy efficiency target six years early

Energy efficiency in the European Union is constantly improving. But this could be as much down to the economic downturn as its own efforts, a new study has found. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Climate change 28-04-2016

EU court overturns carbon market free quotas in blow for big polluters

Europe's highest court on Thursday (28 April) ruled that the European Commission's calculation for handing out free carbon permits to industries was flawed, raising the prospect of higher costs for big energy users.
Energy 30-11-2015

Green MP: Germany should phase out coal and combustion engines

Toni Hofreiter, the co-chair of the German Green Party, sees the COP21 summit as just a starting point, and has called upon Angela Merkel to come up with a strategy to phase out coal. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Energy 20-11-2015

German 2020 climate targets in danger

The 40% target of German climate policy teeters on the edge. A new report has concluded that if the government continues on its current course, the goal will not be reached. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 15-09-2015

EU calls into question Germany’s brown coal compromise

The European Commission fears that Germany's new electricity market reforms will breach EU guidelines by giving environmentally-harmful brown coal power plants special treatment. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Climate change 09-07-2015

MEPs clear reform of carbon market

The European Parliament approved a proposal to begin reform of the world's biggest carbon market in 2019, clearing the last major hurdle before the plan can become law.
Digital 03-03-2015

Rifkin: Juncker plan not enough to lift Europe’s struggling economy

Europe needs to mobilise much more than €315 billion to embark in the transformation of its economy, create millions of jobs, create new business opportunities and create a genuine post-carbon society, said Jeremy Rifkin in an interview with EURACTIV.
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Climate change 24-02-2015

MEPs approve 2018 carbon market reform, despite NGOs concerns

MEPs voted on Tuesday to start implementing reforms to the EU's Emissions Trading System by the end of 2018, three years earlier than the Commission's proposal.
Jean-Arnold Vinois
Energy 27-01-2015

EU adviser: Energy Union should take ‘holistic approach’

Europe's energy policy is no longer based on a difficult balance between competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply. It has now become a holistic project which includes all these dimensions in a multi-disciplinary approach, argues Jean-Arnold Vinois.
Energy 08-12-2014

India outperforms Netherlands and Austria on climate

India’s climate protection performance has been ranked above nine European Union countries, including the Netherlands, Austria, and Poland, by climate campaigners.
Energy 05-12-2014

Government coal subsidies must be stopped

 If the EU and its member states are to achieve their climate targets, they need to make decisive efforts to completely eliminate the use of coal. A vital first step would be to immediately stop fossil fuel subsidies to the coal industry, writes Wendel Trio.

German government approves €80 billion climate package

By approving a new package on energy savings, the German government still hopes to achieve its climate targets for 2020, and boost the economy with billions in investment. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 03-12-2014

IEA director: ETS reform should have started yesterday, not in 2017

The EU and its member countries must learn the lessons of the 2020 Climate and Energy package, and realise the only way to meet the 2030 targets is through better policy coordination, and a governance and monitoring framework. Reform of the EU Emissions Trading System is vital for hitting both 2020 and 2030 targets and is long overdue, International Energy Agency executive director Maria van der Hoeven told EURACTIV. 
German Vice Chancellor and Energy and Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel [The Council of the European Union]
Energy 25-11-2014

Germany denies plans to close old coal plants in sprint to 2020 targets

According to a paper from the German Economic Affairs Ministry, the government plans to impose carbon dioxide reductions on energy providers. But Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel denies the plan would forcefully shut down outdated coal-fired power plants. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Only a drastic elimination of outdated coal-fired power plants will allow Germany to reach its 2020 emissions targets, economists at the DIW Berlin said. [Guy Gorek/Flickr]
Energy 20-11-2014

Germany’s climate targets unattainable with dirty coal power, analysts say

Economists at the German Institute for Economic Research are calling for old coal-burning facilities to be shut down as soon as possible, indicating that it's the only way Germany will reach its climate target for 2020. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 28-10-2014

EU on track so far with green energy goals, 2030 a challenge

EU member states have work to do to meet new green energy goals agreed last week, as increased fossil fuel burning last year drove up pollution in some countries, although the bloc is on track to meet its earlier targets, official data showed on Tuesday (28 October).

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