About: Bas Eickhout

Transport 11-09-2018

MEPs put pedal to metal and boost car CO2 limits

Carmakers will have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030, according to members of the European Parliament’s environment committee, who voted on Monday night (10 September) to tune up a European Commission proposal.
Agrifood 20-03-2018

Questions raised over EU’s proposed advanced biofuels list

Not all second-generation biofuels listed by the European Commission are sustainable, critics warn, urging policymakers to use the indirect land use change (ILUC) factor to “clean up” the list.
Electric cars 01-12-2017

EU’s car emission goals for 2030 stir up ‘tech neutrality’ debate

The European Commission’s latest proposal on car's CO2 emissions for 2030 has started a fresh debate about whether Brussels has actually dropped its long-standing “technological neutrality” stance in favour of electric cars.
Energy 29-11-2017

MEPs raise ambition on transport with ‘sustainable’ biofuels

Contrary to the European Commission's initial proposal, the European Parliament voted on Tuesday (28 November) to increase targets for sustainable energy and reintroduce a sub-target for transport, by using "sustainable" biofuels.

Emissions trading deal fails to impress

EU negotiators from member states and the institutions reached a compromise on an Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform early on Thursday (9 November). But green groups have criticised the deal for ditching flagship climate policy status for a fossil fuel subsidy.
Electric cars 07-11-2017

Commission’s new clean transport rules may lack ambition

The European Commission will unveil a package of legislation regulating environmental aspects of transport on Wednesday (8 November), amid concerns from NGOs and some MEPs that it may lack ambition in setting targets for the car industry.
Agrifood 03-10-2017

Green MEP: Sustainability criteria will distinguish ‘good’ and ‘bad’ biofuels

Sustainability criteria are needed to make a clear distinction between “bad” biofuels like palm oil and “good” ones like some ethanol, MEP Bas Eickhout told EURACTIV in an interview.
Climate change 21-04-2017

EU scientists ‘Trump-et’ need for evidence-based policies

It’s an age-old question: policy-based evidence, or evidence-based policy? While the answer has traditionally been left to policymakers, scientists and their supporters are marching around the world on Saturday 22 April to demand political leaders enact evidence-based policies.
Transport 15-12-2016

VW’s bestselling Audi under microscope after EU emissions tests

Audi's top-selling model released excessive toxic diesel emissions in results from lab tests run by the European Commission, raising suspicions of wrongdoing at Volkswagen's luxury division.
Transport 25-10-2016

Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws

New European cars with petrol engines will be allowed to overshoot a limit on toxic particulates emissions by 50% under a draft EU regulation backed by the UK and most other EU states. Our partner The Guardian reports.
Dutch MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE) during a plenary debate on emissions this week
Transport 21-01-2016

Forty-five MEPs join inquiry committee to probe dieselgate emissions scandal

Forty-five MEPs were voted into the European Parliament's new inquiry committee tasked with uncovering potential failures of EU institutions to disclose information related to the dieselgate emissions scandal.
Transport 17-12-2015

Parliament establishes committee of inquiry into Dieselgate scandal

The European Parliament voted Thursday (17 December) to launch a committee of inquiry into the Volkswagen emissions scandal, with a mandate to investigate the failures of the European Commission and member states to enforce EU legislation.
Environment Committee MEPs rejected the Commission and member states' agreement on diesel emissions
Transport 15-12-2015

Environment MEPs rebuff member states on diesel emissions

The European Parliament's Environment Committee voted yesterday evening (14 December) to reject a controversial proposal from the European Commission, and member states, on new emissions testing standards for diesel cars.
Climate change 11-12-2015

MEP: Idea EU is leading ‘ambition coalition’ at COP21 is nonsense

The idea that the European Union is leading the so-called ‘High Ambition Coalition’, which is pushing for a stronger deal at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris is nonsense, Green MEP Bas Eickhout has told EURACTIV.

MEPs block Commission proposal to recycle hormone disrupting plastics

The European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the Commission's plans to allow the recycling of PVC plastics containing DEHP, a hormone disruptor banned in the EU since February 2015. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports
Agrifood 17-11-2015

To build a bio-economy, Europe needs to cut bioenergy

Europe urgently needs to rethink its bioenergy policies to account for their true impact on the climate, biodiversity and food scarcity, writes Bas Eickhout.
Brexit 27-03-2015

North Sea Grid will prove EU is serious about Energy Union

There is cross-party support and a common vision for a North Sea Grid as part of the Energy Union project. But it must be prioritised by policymakers, write Bas Eickhout and Ian Duncan.
Energy 25-09-2014

EU agrees to €5bn carbon permit giveaway

The European Parliament's environment committee on Wednesday (24 September) narrowly upheld plans to give billions of euros worth of carbon allowances to heavy industries for free, in order to help them compete in global markets.
Bas Eickhout [GroenLinks, Margot Scheerder / Flickr]
Energy 17-09-2014

Lawmakers to vote on EU’s €5bn carbon permit giveaway

European lawmakers will vote next week on whether to force the European Commission to rethink giving billions of euros worth of carbon allowances away for free to heavy industries, after a senior Green member lodged an objection.
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Eickhout: Days of economy vs. ecology are over

The buildings sector is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, buildings account for about 40% of the total amount of energy consumption in the EU. The European Commission acknowledged this in its Energy Efficiency Directive stating that "the greatest energy savings potential lies in buildings". The chemicals sector has already significantly reduced its emissions, but there is still potential to reduce them further.
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Climate change 09-03-2012

F-Gases – What Role in Climate Change

Although Fluorinated gases (also known as HFCs of F-gases) only contribute to approximately 2% of greenhouse gases, forecasts show that the figure could increase to as much as 19% worldwide by 2050. The Commission's proposal for the revision of certain fluorinated greenhouse gases, due for June 2012, aims at clarifying and strengthening the current framework in order to contribute to current and future climate change goals.