Up to now, French President Emmanuel Macron has been trying hard to claim the mantle of ‘climate leadership’. Now his environment minister has resigned, he has to put words into action, writes Jennifer Morgan.
The EU and China have two jobs when they meet in Brussels to discuss global action against climate change. The first is to figure out how to pump water out of the sinking ship faster than it’s pouring in, write Jorgo Riss and Shuo Li.
Trucks produce a quarter of the EU’s transport emissions, yet their environmental performance remains unregulated. We need strict standards and a level the playing field for all modes of transport, writes Karima Delli.
The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones – it ended because we found better alternatives. The same must become of the Oil Age, if we are to fulfil our COP21 commitments, writes Robert Wright.
The European Union must wake up to a new post-Paris Agreement reality. It needs an ambitious climate action plan to regain its credibility as a “climate leader” and send the right signals to investors, argues Hans-Josef Fell.
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.
This week, the European Commission will release its assessment of the global climate agreement struck in Paris in December. Extracts that have been leaked are shockingly, disgracefully bad, writes Brook Riley.
Despite the encouraging and historic climate agreement at COP 21 in Paris, politicians all over the world argue that quick climate action is too costly. But if they redid the calculation and included co-benefits they would take action now. And they should, argues Christian Friis Bach.
The Commission’s narrow and outdated jobs and growth agenda will not allow global warming to be contained. More needs to be done if it is to meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, writes Jeremy Wates.
With transport emissions in the spotlight, the EU needs to nuance its approach to biofuels and consider complementary options to electrification if it wants to cut emissions in the near future, writes Géraldine Kutas.
The climate conference in Paris is only weeks away but the emissions reductions pledges made by countries are far from sufficient. We now know that the meeting in Paris will at best provide a platform for further action, writes Anders Wijkman.
With international climate discussions heating up ahead of the Paris COP21, European Finance Ministers can now determine key and critical elements to make a successful deal, writes Geneviève Pons-Deladrière.