About: COP 21

Climate change 30-08-2018

Monsieur le President, it’s time to step up on climate change

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.
Climate change 31-05-2017

EU and China: Bail out the climate or sink

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.
Climate change 18-10-2016

Europe must step up its game to reach Paris climate goals

Business as usual is not good enough anymore. For the EU to stay at the top of the class on climate action, it urgently needs to review its targets and boost its post-2020 efforts, writes Wendel Trio.
Transport 21-09-2016

Where is the ‘road map’ for road transport?

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.
Transport 16-06-2016

Biofuels are vital to decarbonising the EU’s road transport

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.
Climate change 09-06-2016

Why the shrill posturing on my ETS reforms?

Ian Duncan published his report on ETS reform last week, which was heavily criticised by a number of NGOs. Here, he argues why his proposals will bring positive change for both climate and industry.
Climate change 07-06-2016

Stop planning how to implement Paris Agreement – just start doing it

Private companies want to play a major role in climate action, but they need clear signals that governments are serious about their commitments, writes Nannette Lindenberg.
Climate change 22-04-2016

The EU needs to raise its climate ambition to secure investment in the future

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.
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 04-03-2016

Climate justice and the poor: Making Paris meaningful

Oswald Gracias urges the EU to make real political commitments after the COP 21 and ahead of several important EU meetings, to secure the future of our planet’s most vulnerable people.
Climate change 02-03-2016

Commission pushing catastrophically inadequate action on Paris agreement

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.
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.
Climate change 16-02-2016

Lost in the gas bubble

The Commission’s new gas strategy is an affront to the Paris agreement, at a time when we should be leading the global energy transition and leaving fossil fuels behind us, writes Claude Turmes.
Climate change 27-01-2016

Assessing co-benefits could accelerate action on climate change

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.
Climate change 13-01-2016

We need to green Juncker’s 10 priorities

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.
Climate change 09-12-2015

Five ways COP21 can enhance corporate accountability

The Paris climate change talks could - or should - also be a watershed for corporate transparency and behind-the-scenes lobbying, argues Jerome Chaplier.
Climate change 04-12-2015

Forests: An underused toolbox for enhancing climate resilience

World leaders have to find new ways of tackling the climate issue. One of the answers might be to integrate nature conservation efforts, such as restoring forest landscapes, writes Luc Bas.
Climate change 18-11-2015

Cleaner fuels are necessary to tackle climate change

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.

Why the EU must ditch gas in favour of efficiency and renewables

Gas should play no part in the EU’s energy transition: policy makers must see through the industry’s lobbying and invest in renewables and energy efficiency, argues Brook Riley.
Coal fired power station.
Climate change 17-11-2015

A vanishing prospect: The promise of ‘clean coal’

The future role of coal in the global energy mix remains dependent on CCS becoming a hugely scalable solution, writes P.R. Shukla, and Dr Bert Metz.

A truly circular economy will massively reduce Europe’s climate impact

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.
Climate change 09-11-2015

EU should lead in climate finance, but not by robbing the aid pot

Keeping global temperatures from rising by more than two degrees will cost a lot, but the world’s poorest countries should not have to suffer in order for the bill to be paid, writes Lies Craeynest.
Climate change 05-11-2015

Climate finance holds key to Paris deal

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.

If COP21 cannot deliver a 2°C deal, what must it do?

With eight weeks until the close of COP21, it’s now clear how much more ambitious world leaders’ commitments must become in order to prevent irreversible climate change, writes Jeremy Woods.