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Climate change 04-08-2020

The EU can and must cut emissions by more than 55% by 2030

The European Commission has proposed to strengthen its 40% greenhouse gas emission reduction target to 50% or 55% on 1990 levels in the next ten years. But this step does not meet the minimum level of ambition that climate science,...
Energy 30-07-2020

EU’s hydrogen strategy a good start but key problems sidestepped

Europe’s hydrogen strategy mostly points in the right direction by identifying renewable hydrogen as a key energy vector and necessary storage solution for delivering a zero-carbon EU, but it side-steps several key problems that go to the core of what...
Energy 12-11-2018

Europe’s path to carbon neutrality: A move to ‘sobriété énergétique’?

What is 'sobriété énergétique' and what is its role in pushing Europe towards its carbon reduction goals? Kamila Waciega explains.  
Climate change 28-09-2017

Europe’s two-faced climate change game

EU member states risk undermining the diminishing confidence Europeans have in the Union by playing a two-faced game on climate change, warns Wendel Trio.

Magic tricks in the forest: When member states make their emissions vanish

Countries are free to manage their forests as they choose, but reducing them to a tool of light-fingered carbon accounting can leave world deprived of vital carbon sinks, writes Hannah Mowat.  
Climate change 31-10-2016

COP21 goals: An alternative path to success

Managing carbon emissions by imposing a refundable excise duty on the extraction of fossil fuels rather than on their emissions is an alternative and much more advantageous solution to reaching the objectives of the COP21 Agreement, argue Jacques de Gerlache and Romain Ferrari.

Climate change 21-04-2016

Signing the Paris climate agreement: Can the EU still be a leader?

More than 140 signatures to the Paris Agreement are expected in New York this Friday. This represents a broad majority of nations worldwide and expresses, once again, political commitment to the fight against climate change, writes Teresa Ribera.
Climate change 24-02-2016

Adjusting the EU’s climate targets to meet the Paris Agreement

There is no doubt that the Paris climate talks last December surpassed expectations, but we are running out of time to keep the global temperature change below 1.5°C, writes Bert Metz.
Transport 27-10-2015

Decarbonising road transport must be prioritised

Decarbonising European transport requires urgent action, but we are missing crucial opportunities to capitalise on available solutions, writes Robert Wright.
Agrifood 20-02-2015

Biofuels: Good news and false solutions

Within the next few months, the path for the future of biofuels in the EU will be set as the debate on indirect land use change (iLUC) is back on the agenda. argues Elmar Baumann.
Energy 19-02-2015

The case for greater interconnection of energy supply

More interconnection would reduce Britain’s reliance on imported fossil fuels by allowing us to use the excess power of neighbouring countries, argues Will Straw from the IPPR.
Energy 18-03-2014

The time to act on climate is now

EU leaders will decide the future of European climate policy. EU citizens are worried about climate change and politicians cannot afford to postpone decisive steps forward any longer, Wendel Trio writes.
Energy 16-09-2013

Re-setting the way to a decarbonised Europe

In its EU Energy Roadmap 2050, the European Commission recognises that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is the only technology available to mitigate CO2 emissions from large-scale fossil fuel use. The EU badly needs a successful CCS programme by 2020 and can no longer afford delays, writes Graeme Sweeney.
Climate change 26-07-2012

New climate rules for cars will save billions

Connie Hedegaard, the EU Climate Action commissioner, argues that tougher standards for automotive carbon emissions are good Europe’s long-term economic and environmental health.
Digital 14-12-2011

Using the Internet to cut energy needs

The IT sector is under sustained pressure to meet the increasing demand whilst at the same time asked to reduce its carbon footprint, says John Vassallo of Microsoft. How is this conundrum playing out in the EU? And do cloud-based networks and services hold the key to wider EU environmental goals?
Climate change 07-09-2011

No need for Europe to go it alone on shipping emissions

At the UN climate summit in Durban later this year, the EU has a chance to broker a fair global deal to reduce emissions from international shipping, argues Oxfam's Tim Gore.
Climate change 07-09-2011

No need for Europe to go it alone on shipping emissions

At the UN climate summit in Durban later this year, the EU has a chance to broker a fair global deal to reduce emissions from international shipping, argues Oxfam's Tim Gore.
Transport 06-06-2011

The EU will lead the world towards lower C02 emissions from aviation

Including aviation in the EU's emissions trading scheme does not violate international trade law and will in fact pave the way for other nations to develop their own emissions trading systems, argues Eberhard Rhein.
Climate change 24-05-2011

How to bring 30% back into the emissions debate

Esther Bollendorff argues that a 30% emissions cut target for 2020 remains viable for the European Parliament.
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