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Air Quality 24-05-2018

Modern diesels: part of the solution

Motor vehicles’ undesirable tailpipe emissions are pollutants which impact ambient air quality and are harmful to human health, as well as greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions, which impact climate change.
Energy 08-09-2017

Will the 2030 EU Energy Package protect the right to energy for all Europeans? 

The EU’s package has to rise to the challenge. Awareness on the causes and consequences of energy poverty has been increasing for a decade and now is the time for action, writes the Right to Energy Coalition.
Climate change 06-09-2017

Abandoned wells pump thousands of tonnes of ‘fugitive’ emissions into North Sea

Thousands of tonnes of methane could be leaking into the North Sea every year from disused offshore oil and gas wells, according to a new study.
Health 22-08-2017

Mercury’s time is up as international treaty comes into force

The Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international treaty that bans the manufacture and trade in mercury products after 2020, entered into force on 16 August, four years after it was first signed. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Im Abgasskandal setzt die EU Volkswagen unter Druck.
Transport 01-08-2017

EU anti-fraud office send VW probe findings to German prosecutors

The European anti-fraud office that is investigating whether Volkswagen used EU funds and European Investment Bank (EIB) loans to develop devices that cheated emission tests has sent its judicial recommendations to German prosecutors.
Air Quality 01-08-2017

Dawn of new EU emissions rules could sound death knell for coal power

New EU rules formally agreed on Monday (31 July) mean power plants will have to cut pollutants, with the cost of compliance estimated to be over €15bn. Environmental groups predict that the logical next step is widespread closures of the most polluting coal-powered plants.
Climate change 16-06-2017

Parliament strengthens 2030 climate and energy package

MEPs on Wednesday (14 June) voted to strengthen a draft EU regulation that fixes binding national targets for cuts to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from sectors not covered by quotas. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.
Agrifood 15-06-2017

LULUCF: Will the EU turn the tide on forest growth and torpedo its bioeconomy agenda?

The European Commission’s proposal for Land-Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) may well defeat its own purpose, writes Sylvain Lhôte.
Climate change 13-02-2017

EU auditors join fight against deadly air pollution

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will investigate the fight against air pollution, which kills half a million European citizens every year, the court announced on Friday (10 February).

Transport 09-02-2017

MEPs agree to muscle up Commission after Dieselgate, reject EU road agency

MEPs in the Internal Market Committee voted to give the European Commission more powers to police car manufacturers, but left-wing groups lost their bid to set up a new EU agency tasked with preventing another Dieselgate scandal.
Energy 09-02-2017

Does Brexit offer a ‘golden opportunity’ to pursue EU ETS alternatives?

As the British MPs this week waved through the bill to withdraw from the European Union, the debate surrounding the country’s future involvement in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) intensified with a lively debate in parliament. EURACTIV’s media partner Edie.net reports.
Transport 12-01-2017

Commission mulls MEPs’ call for post-Dieselgate shakeup

The European Commission is considering stripping DG Grow, its internal market unit, of the power to police car emissions after the Dieselgate scandal that erupted in September 2015.
Euro & Finance 03-01-2017

France becomes second country to issue green bonds

France today (3 January) launched its first green bonds, becoming only the second country to do so, after Poland. But the absence of international standards has raised questions at the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
Competition 19-12-2016

Festive EU gives approval to member state projects

The European Commission was in a giving mood just in time for Christmas today (19 December) as it greenlit a number of member state projects.

Climate change 15-11-2016

Climate action facing stronger headwinds at COP22

Donald Trump's election appears to have stalled the momentum of the Paris Agreement. Concern over the future of the deal is palpable among participants at the COP22 in Marrakesh. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 09-11-2016

Germany heads to COP22 without a plan

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks will have to travel to Marrakesh without a climate plan to present to the COP22 summit, after Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel blocked it last night (8 November). EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Energy 07-11-2016

Carbon footprint of solar panels under microscope

As the COP22 opens this week in Marrakesh, recent news about solar power has been positive, with record-breaking tariffs reflecting the fast-declining price of solar electricity. But even solar plants can come with a heavy environmental footprint, writes Andreas Wade.

Climate change 03-11-2016

World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges, warns UN

The commitments made by governments on climate change will lead to dangerous levels of global warming because they are incommensurate with the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.
Transport 03-11-2016

Vans: Falling through the cracks of Europe’s transport policy

Light commercial vehicles are increasingly being used as a means to dodge social legislation and taxes, writes Samuel Kenny.
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.
Transport 29-09-2016

UNEP: Dieselgate will ‘push the electric revolution very quickly’

The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal will mark an important step towards phasing out the hundred-year-old internal combustion engine which doesn't have a place in a modern, low-carbon transport system, says Ulf Björnholm.
Transport 01-09-2016

Germany goes to EU with accusation of Fiat emissions cheating

Germany's Transport Ministry has asked the European Commission to investigate exhaust emissions of Fiat Chrysler vehicles for potential illegal manipulation devices, German government documents showed on Thursday (1 September).
Transport 20-07-2016

Richest countries take lion’s share of emissions cuts under EU plan

The EU on Wednesday (20 July) unveiled national targets for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030, placing the burden on richer northern countries including exit-bound Britain to help meet the bloc's UN goal.
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.