About: Climate Law

Climate change 01-07-2021

France needs to ‘double’ efforts on climate, says High Climate Council

While a steady decrease in greenhouse gas emissions can be observed in France over the past years, the pace of carbon cutting will need to accelerate in order to reach the country's 2030 climate goals, according to France’s High Council for Climate Change (HCC). EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 29-06-2021

Greens do not break up with Timmermans, but letdown remains

European Greens have been disappointed with the first steps in the EU's Green Deal implementation but despite recent criticism received from Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, they have expressed readiness to continue working with him on shaping the bloc's green agenda.

Greens join far-right in bid to stop EU climate law

The European Parliament on Thursday (24 June) gave its thumbs up to the EU's landmark climate law, despite opposition from the Greens who said the legislation didn't go far enough to protect people and the environment against dangerous climate change.
Energy 22-06-2021

French senators give mayors right to veto wind turbine projects

Senators adopted an amendment Friday (18 June) giving municipalities the right to veto a wind turbine project as part of the currently debated Climate and Resilience Law. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 18-05-2021

LEAK: EU set to maintain national CO2 targets for non-ETS sectors

EU countries are likely to reaffirm national emissions goals for sectors like buildings, transport, and agriculture, when EU leaders meet for a summit scheduled on 24-25 May.
Politics 23-04-2021

Tweets of the Week: Super League, Climate Law, Merkel Succession

Football’s all about money, wow, big shock, EU has a climate law, please don’t mock, and might German Greens stand a chance with Frau Baerbock?
Global Europe 22-04-2021

Climate law decisions and the phantom paper rocking the Western Balkans

This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the outcomes of the climate law negotiations that concluded on Wednesday morning – the EU and US goals, the reactions, and what the future has in store. To find out...

EU countries clinch new mandate for talks on climate law, raising hopes of a deal

EU member states have adopted a revised mandate for negotiating the European climate law, including a new stance on the 2030 target that retains the net 55% reduction objective but limits the role of carbon sinks, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
Climate change 16-03-2021

‘Very big tasks ahead’ in EU climate law negotiations

There are still many outstanding issues, particularly on climate ambition, after the fourth round of negotiations on Europe’s climate law closed on Friday (12 March), according to Jytte Guteland, the lead negotiator from the European Parliament.
Climate change 12-03-2021

The EU Climate Law: is it all just a losing game?

The European Union needs to adopt separate targets for carbon emissions and removals. Otherwise, other countries like Brazil and Indonesia will do the same, which risks undermining talks at the UN’s COP26 conference this year, writes Suzana Carp.

Crunch time in the climate law negotiations

The European Climate Law can be a much needed addition to the EU’s climate governance framework, if its potential is fully tapped. Now, as we are approaching the final stages of the trilogue, the Council and the Parliament need to find an agreement, including on some of the more controversial issues, argues Wendel Trio.
Climate change 23-02-2021

French climate bill could be more ambitious, says High Climate Council

France's High Climate Council (HCC) scrutinised the government's "climate and resilience" bill and called for more ambition in an opinion published on Tuesday (23 February), warning that it "does not offer enough strategic scope." EURACTIV France reports.

Greens frustrated with slow pace of talks on European climate law

European countries are delaying negotiations on the EU's 2030 climate target, according to Michael Bloss, a Green MEP from Germany who briefed the press after the third round of talks on the European climate law.

Deal on European climate law is ‘big priority’ for Portugal at EU helm

Negotiations on the European Climate Law – including the bloc’s proposed 55% greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 – are expected to wrap up before the end of June as Portugal makes a climate agreement the “big priority” of its six-month EU presidency, which started on 1 January.

EU seeks 2030 climate deal by delaying decision on details

As negotiations between European Union countries on a tougher climate change target stretched into Thursday evening, leaders turned to a potential compromise that would postpone to 2021 decisions on the finer points of the deal.

MEP Canfin: EU countries must face sanctions for non-compliance with climate goals

As negotiations on the EU's proposed climate law enter the home straight, Pascal Canfin highlights the European Parliament's red lines in talks with EU member states.

EU environment ministers strike deal on climate law, leave out 2030 target

European Union environment ministers struck a deal on Friday (23 October) to make the bloc's 2050 net-zero emissions target legally binding, but left a decision on a 2030 emissions-cutting target for leaders to discuss in December.
Climate change 19-10-2020

Let scientists guide us in the fight against climate change

Scientists have proved vital in the push to control COVID-19. We should also use them to tackle climate change, argues Alina Averchenkova.

EU Parliament votes for 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday (6 October) to update the EU’s climate target for 2030, backing a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, up from 40% currently.

A ‘solidarity clause’ in the EU climate law

The European Union should include a “solidarity clause” in its climate law to ensure that member states most burdened by the EU's new carbon reduction targets are compensated for the additional costs of purchasing allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System, writes MEP Anna Zalewska.
Climate change 01-07-2020

The Climate Law cannot compromise with the laws of physics

Given the non-linear and irreversible nature of climate change, relying on uncertain future technologies like carbon capture and storage is hazardous and only delays urgent actions that need to be taken now, write Laurent Hubert, Jean-Noël Geist and Adrien Jahier.
Climate change 29-04-2020

EU lawmaker puts 65% emissions cut on the table

The European Parliament is gearing up for tough talks on the EU’s climate target for 2030, with a 65% emissions cut now firmly on the table.

How the coronavirus outbreak affects the EU’s 2030 climate targets

Ultimately, the coronavirus pandemic may slow down initial plans to adopt the European Climate Law and a number of other climate-related policy proposals, writes Robert Jeszke.

The EU Climate Law explained

The European Commission tabled its much-awaited Climate Law in March this year, in a bid to carve into stone Europe’s objective of becoming the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050. EURACTIV explains what the Climate Law does, how it works and what its criticisms are.