About: COP 21

Climate change will affect EU monetary policy ‘one way or the other’, ECB says

Whether humankind fails or succeeds in keeping the rise in global temperatures within manageable levels, central banks will sooner or later be called upon to act, said Benoît Cœuré, a member of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Executive Board.
Circular economy 26-01-2018

Circular economy in the limelight in Davos

The first Circularity Gap Report indicates that merely 9% of the world's exploited natural resources are re-used.  EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports
Climate change 18-09-2017

Trump told that Paris Agreement is ‘irreversible and non-negotiable’

The terms of the Paris Agreement are set in stone, the EU, China and Canada agreed at a summit in Montreal this weekend, while Washington was forced to deny that the US is planning to stay in the accord.
Climate change 03-05-2017

Do-or-die: EU pushes Trump to stick to Paris climate deal

EU officials are scrambling to persuade US President Donald Trump not pull out of the Paris climate accord after his advisers warned of legal problems if Washington stayed in but lowered its commitments.
Climate change 13-01-2017

France’s energy transition could create a million jobs

A group of French NGOs and trade unions has proposed an alternative route to translate Paris Agreement goals into social progress and jobs. The project would be financed using new resources and green monetary policy. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 13-01-2017

From green bonds to solar roads: France’s low-carbon revolution is taking shape

History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Energy efficiency 30-11-2016

The Brief: Commission shows off massive Winter Package

The European Commission revealed its “very impressive package” of energy rules today.  While it is undeniably huge, size doesn’t matter, it's what member states and MEPs do with it that counts.
Oil and Industry 28-11-2016

The Brief: Clean energy subsidies for all?

EU member states have a long, distinguished history of ignoring the European Commission when it comes to national energy subsidies.
Energy 31-10-2016

Why Europe’s climate action has been put on hold

Angela Merkel’s absence from the COP 22 is symbolic of a European climate and energy policy beset by indecision and infighting. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 24-10-2016

Paris withdraws plans for carbon tax on coal

Pressure from the miners' and energy workers' union CGT forced the French government to back down on extending the carbon tax to coal-fired power stations. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Climate change 04-10-2016

MEPs vote to ratify Paris Agreement

The European Parliament today (4 October) voted to ratify the Paris Agreement, ensuring it will come into force before this year’s COP 22 in Marrakesh. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 14-09-2016

Juncker to announce €200 billion extra funds in ‘State of the Union’ speech

Energy and digital infrastructure projects are expected to receive a further €200 billion funding boost under plans to be announced today (14 September) by the President of the European Commission in his State of the Union address.
Climate change 07-09-2016

Once the driving force of climate action, the EU has fallen behind

The inability of the EU's member states to agree on an effort-sharing deal could delay the ratification of the Paris Agreement until late 2017. This would see the climate deal enter into force without the world's biggest economic bloc. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 28-07-2016

Electrifying Africa: The challenge of the century

As the COP 22 in Marrakesh approaches, and with energy at the heart of the development and climate debate, economic actors are focusing their efforts on bringing power to the African continent. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Climate change 20-07-2016

Paris set to miss COP21 commitments

The French capital cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 9.2% between 2004 and 2014. But this is not enough to reach its 25% target by 2020. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Med & South 19-07-2016

Mediterranean countries set tone for COP22 in Marrakesh

Mediterranean countries have vowed to accelerate implementation of the commitments struck in the Paris agreement last December and push forward a number of national and transnational initiatives to combat global warming, ahead of the end-of-the-year climate summit in Marrakesh.
Oil and Industry 21-06-2016

Environment ministers fear the Paris Agreement will come into force without the EU

Europe's environment ministers have called for the Paris agreement, concluded last December at COP21, to be ratified as quickly as possible, both at EU and member state level.
Climate change 14-06-2016

Climate finance short by $5 trillion, study reveals

A further $5,300 billion of investment is needed to stabilise the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere below dangerous levels, according to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, an energy consultancy. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 01-06-2016

Member states haggle over ‘low-carbon mobility’ goals

The European Commission is having “very intense discussions” with member states over the individual emissions reduction percentage that they will be assigned to reduce emissions in sectors not covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme, a top EU official told journalists today (31 May).
Climate change 18-05-2016

Indonesia deepens reliance on coal power despite COP 21 commitments

Indonesia, already one of the world's biggest carbon emitters, plans to build a further 100 coal-fired power stations by 2019. This would seriously jeopardise the country’s COP 21 commitments. EURACTIV France reports.
22-04-2016

The EU’s ‘prisoner’s dilemma’ on climate action

Until the EU can agree on how to share its responsibility for climate action, it will not be able to sign the Paris deal. A high ambition coalition could accelerate this process. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 13-04-2016

Air pollution and climate change top French environmental concerns

The French General Commission on Sustainable Development (CGDD) has published its annual study on France’s environmental concerns. Air quality has become a more prominent issue than ever before. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Climate change 07-04-2016

Ségolène Royal backs Laurence Tubiana for top UN climate job

In a public U-turn, the French environment minister has backed Laurence Tubiana to be the next executive secretary of the UN’s climate change organisation. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Climate change 11-03-2016

Could the COP21 agreement come into force without the EU?

The Paris climate agreement, the hard-won fruit of the COP21 conference last December, has been a subject of vigorous debate ahead of the European Council summit on 17 and 18 March. EURACTIV France reports.
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