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Politics 06-01-2022

What Germany has in store for Europe in 2022

The new German government has made reforming the EU, as well as its own economy and society, one of its top priorities. This year will show how fast and how much the ruling coalition wants to move and how well it will coordinate with its key ally France along the way.
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Winter is coming… and so is smog

Winter is coming and we will soon hear more alarming stories about smog. Air pollution continues to have a significant impact on the health of European citizens, particularly in urban areas.
Climate change 28-10-2021

What is a ‘net’ climate target?

Over 100 countries worldwide, including the United States, Japan and the UK, have pledged to hit net zero emissions by 2050 - a goal which also became law across the European Union this year. But what is a net target and how does the EU plan to get there?
Energy 27-10-2021

Green mortgages to help EU achieve climate goals

The EU has utilised portfolio standards to cut vehicle fleet emissions, and climate policy advisors are now pushing similar strategies for emissions reduction in buildings, via 'green' mortgages to finance deep renovations.
Climate change 25-10-2021

Deforestation continues unabated ahead of COP26

An average of 2,400 trees is cut down every minute, leading to an area the size of Belgium being deforested each year, according to the Latin America regional director for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), who was speaking ahead of the COP26 climate summit.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2021

‘It will never work!’ Outgoing Eurochambres president criticises EU emission targets

In an interview with EURACTIV, the outgoing president of Eurochambres, an association of European chambers of commerce, has criticised the EU’s environmental policy and called for more trade "with all parts of the world", including China and Russia.

Joint CO2 targets must not diminish German industry, CDU leader warns EU

The frontrunner to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor has warned the EU that joint greenhouse gas targets must not come at the cost of diminishing the prowess of German industry, signalling a reluctance to join carbon reduction schemes planned in other European countries.
Climate change 30-03-2021

Little progress made in fifth round of negotiations on EU climate law

Little progress was made in the fifth round of negotiations on the European Climate Law last Friday (26 March), despite growing time pressure to have the bill agreed by mid-April, according to people involved in the talks, which are being held behind closed doors.

EU Commission clashes with Parliament over ‘net’ 2030 climate target

Lawmakers have denounced a “loophole” in the European Commission's proposed climate target for 2030 and pointed the finger at the EU executive for its hard negotiation style over the EU climate law.
Climate change 19-02-2021

As US formally rejoins the Paris Agreement, eyes turn to 2030 emissions goal

Thirty days after Joe Biden entered the White House, the US is officially back in the Paris Agreement. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News reports.

Only fractions of global heavy industry are aligned with Paris climate goals

Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 18-01-2021

Shift to renewables ‘significantly decreased’ emissions, EU agency says

Europe's shift from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable sources has cut down on greenhouse gas emissions while tackling environmental problems, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Monday (18 January).

EU price on pollution hits record high in early 2021

The price of permits on the European Union carbon market has soared to record levels in the first trading days of the year, hiking costs for polluters as the EU prepares measures to enforce deeper emissions cuts.
Energy 22-12-2020

Mind the gap: how EU countries perform on climate

EU member states will need to step up their efforts on renewables and energy efficiency in order to meet the bloc's updated climate and energy targets for 2030.
Energy 21-12-2020

Energy utilities prepare to deliver new 2030 climate target

Now that the EU has raised its 2030 emissions reduction target from 40% to 55%, questions are being asked about how utility operators can make the changes necessary to transform the energy system.

From Paris to Glasgow: the EU must drive climate action at home and abroad

2020 has been marred with pandemic, devastating wildfires and more frequent flooding, but it has also been a year of more ambitious climate targets. Now countries need to act on their pledges, writes Eliot Whittington.

Reactions: Deal on EU’s 2030 climate target is a big step, but won’t close the gap to 2050

EU heads of states have agreed on a 55% reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but the inclusion of carbon sinks and the choice of 1990 as the baseline year have led environmentalists to criticise the deal for lacking ambition.
Energy 14-12-2020

Gas wins recognition as ‘transitional technology’ to climate neutrality

The lower carbon intensity of natural gas – which produces half the emissions of coal when burned in power plants – and the emergence of new technologies like hydrogen are setting gas apart from other fossil fuels in the clean energy transition.

Setting the EU on track for climate neutrality: The role of gas infrastructure

To successfully achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the EU needs to establish an integrated energy infrastructure.
Climate change 09-12-2020

Poland, Hungary threaten to derail EU plans to raise 2030 climate ambition

Poland and Hungary could block efforts to strengthen the EU’s 2030 climate goal over a separate dispute on democratic standards. EURACTIV’s media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Climate change 09-12-2020

Global emissions fell by 7% in 2020 due to COVID lockdowns, says UN report

Reduced travel, industrial activity and electricity generation during COVID-19 has meant global emissions fell by up to 7% in 2020, but the impact of COVID-19 will be negligible without a green recovery, according to the United Nations.

Carbon emission cuts in Europe were achieved by the poorest: report

The poorest half of Europeans have cut emissions by almost a quarter, while emissions from the wealthiest 10% continue to rise, making tackling carbon inequality an essential part of EU climate targets, according to a new report by Oxfam and the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Changing the future of Europe’s energy mix: What role for different technologies?

In order to help the EU achieve its ambitious climate change targets and deliver on its clean energy targets in a cost effective manner, significant investment is needed in the energy sector.
Energy 03-12-2020

UK announces 68% emissions goal by 2030 ahead of UN summit

The UK announced a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 68% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels on Thursday (3 December), one week before the country will co-host a UN summit on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.