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Energy 02-02-2017

UN climate deal will stop EU ignoring energy efficiency, says Commission

New EU energy efficiency laws will not be dogged by the problems of the past because civil leaders and businesses have bought into the need to fight climate change, the European Commission’s Energy Union chief said yesterday (1 February).
Energy 30-11-2016

Commission defends new energy rules and climate ambition

The European Commission today (30 November) defended its 30% energy efficiency target, as opposed to the higher goal called for by MEPs and campaigners, as it unveiled "clean energy“ plans to boost renewable use, cut waste and reduce subsidies for coal power.
Energy 28-11-2016

Commission sets up EU’s next energy efficiency battle

The European Commission will announce increased EU energy efficiency targets on Wednesday (30 November). But it will face resistance from member states opposed to binding, more ambitious rules, and from the European Parliament, which has demanded much higher goals.
Energy 23-11-2016

EU throws in the towel over national energy support schemes

EU member states have pressed ahead with a variety of schemes to remunerate energy generators for keeping power plants on stand-by, despite warnings from Brussels. It now seems certain that such "capacity mechanisms" will remain a fact of life, at least for the foreseeable future.
Energy 26-09-2016

Building industry demands stronger leadership on energy efficiency

Leading voices from Europe’s building industry have called on the Commission to do more to improve the energy efficiency of Europe’s building stock, saying this would benefit the economy and the climate.
Energy 15-06-2016

Homeowners offered cheaper mortgages in return for energy efficiency renovations

EXCLUSIVE / Homeowners will qualify for reduced repayment rates on their mortgages if they undertake energy efficiency renovations, and lower interest rates on loans to pay for them, under “pioneering” plans being drawn up by lenders for consideration by EU and global regulators.
Energy 13-06-2016

High expectations for EU efficiency laws as Sustainable Energy Week begins

The European Commission is under pressure to keep its promise that 2016 will be the “year of delivery” for its Energy Union strategy to fight climate change and boost the import-addicted bloc’s resistance to shortages.

Commission warmly welcomes benefits of industrial insulation

Industrial insulation could bring massive cost and emissions savings, industry-funded research has found, with energy efficient investments earning back their cost in two years at most.

Commission delays ecodesign strategy for fear of offending UK businesses

Central to the Circular Economy Package, the 2015-2017 ecodesign strategy will not be presented by the Commission until autumn 2016. Some see this as an attempt not to upset UK businesses. EURACTIV France reports.

Waste sector calls for fair competition and ‘no grey zones’

SPECIAL REPORT / Industry leaders united around a call for fair, transparent and universal minimum extended producer responsibility (EPR) requirements in an ongoing review of EU waste management targets, at a Brussels conference last week. 

EU predicts ‘waste tsunami’ if world fails to cut down trash

The European Commission is preparing new policy proposals to reduce waste and reach greater recycling rates, in order to move towards a zero-refuse economy.

More consumption not necessary for human well-being, says UN report

Greater food system efficiency and curbs to the expansion of cropland are necessary to prevent the collapse of global ecosystems, says a report presented today (24 January) by the UN at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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EU resource efficiency improves but trend remains ‘volatile’

The European Union generates €1.60 of economic value for each kilogramme of material consumed, compared to €1.34 a decade ago, but progress towards resource efficiency remains “volatile”, according to the EU’s statistics office.
Agrifood 06-12-2013

Brussels: reducing waste first piece in food resource puzzle

SPECIAL REPORT / To tackle pollution and climate change, policy-makers, NGOs and industry alike support more vegetables in Europeans' diets, while insisting on better use of resources and waste-management.

People must pay the full cost of water, says EEA

As the UN marks the anniversary of the decision to make the right to water legally binding, the European Environment Agency has called for governments to charge the full price for water, to cut down waste.

EU lawmakers back ‘intellectual property rights’ over biodiversity

The European Parliament has agreed to rules that would prevent EU companies, particularly in the pharmaceuticals sector, from exploiting the natural resources of the world's indigenous communities by recognising their 'intellectual property rights' over local biodiversity.

Natural resource use ‘in the red’ for 2013

Today (August 20) humanity’s use of renewable natural resources has already “overshot” the amount the planet can produce in one year, say environmental NGOs.
Energy 17-07-2013

EU green buildings debate moves beyond energy efficiency

Green housing campaigners are excited by a new sustainable buildings debate the EU has kick-started, which aims to move certification schemes beyond the energy efficiency paradigm.

EU group says a ‘product passport’ would open doors to eco-innovation

When the Talent 2 suburban trains used in the German city of Nürnberg, or Sweden’s Regina intercity railway wagons reach the end of their lives, more than 90% of the metals, plastics, glass and other materials could be melted down and turned into other products.

EU businesses want to take heat out of dirty laundry

The soaps industry on Friday (7 June) launched a campaign to get Europeans to use a 30ºC washing cycle, saying just a 3º heat drop in a few countries would save enough energy to power the Italian city of Parma for a year.

EU waste rules could create half million jobs, says EU environment head

If European Union countries implemented existing waste-management regulations, they could create some 400,000 jobs and save diminishing resources, a senior European Commission environment official has said.
Elections 11-03-2013

Greenland votes with mineral riches in the balance

Greenland’s general election on Tuesday (12 March) is effectively a referendum on how far the country wants to embrace international mining companies, energy giants, and foreign workers.

Landfills continue to rule despite EU recycling target

Recycling and composting of waste grew in the last decade across Europe, but most countries still dump the bulk of their garbage despite their obligations to recycle half of trash by 2020, new EU statistics show.
Energy 27-02-2013

Press ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ on green computers vote, say clean energy groups

MEPs will vote tomorrow (28 February) on proposals for binding energy efficiency standards for computers and servers, but clean energy groups say that without more ambitious targets the whole exercise could be a "waste of time".

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