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Waste as a valuable material and secondary resource – the paradigm shift

It is not enough to manufacture recyclable products, collectively we have to build the systems to recycle all waste and focus on reducing our carbon footprint now.  Real change requires collective action.
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Gas makes the European Green Deal work

With the European Green Deal, the European Union has a vision for climate protection and an economy of the future. Dawn Summers, President of GasNaturally and COO of Wintershall Dea, sets out how natural gas can contribute
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Sustainable infrastructure must be the core of the energy transition

Sustainable infrastructure is a core element in reaching climate neutrality. The Fit for 55 package is a major step in the right direction, but more can be done to unleash the full potential of infrastructure systems.
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Overlooking waste incineration will not make waste disappear

Waste generation across Europe and its treatment are two critical challenges that must be overcome in order to meet the ambitious EU climate goals. Non-recyclable waste and Waste-to-Energy deserve a thorough discussion.
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Why carbon capture is key to limiting climate change

The UN says reducing emissions isn’t enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate change – Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) will need to be part of the solution.
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Making climate neutral Chemicals and materials a reality

The success of the European Green Deal depends on an integrated approach to sustainability and policymaking. Climate and circular economy policies must go hand in hand or risk hampering meaningful progress.
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‘Metal Packaging for Sustainability: 10 Benefits of the Beverage Can’

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When it comes to safe, sustainable and versatile packaging, it’s pretty hard to beat the beverage can. Read on to find out why! For more information, access our website here.  
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Digital & Media 24-09-2021

Making the Green Deal the Real Deal

The Green Deal is one of the biggest economic transitions ever. The telecoms industry will assume an essential role as enabler and engine of a greener economy, social stability and sustainable growth in Europe, says Dominique Leroy, Board Member Deutsche Telekom AG for Europe.
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National social dialogue must be improved, or Europe will fail to deliver a Just Transition of the Green Transition

Social dialogue and workers’ rights are evidently undermined across Europe. This will jeopardise the Just Transition – a fair and inclusive green transition that leaves no-one behind.
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1 in 4 hunters will stop hunting if near-total ban on lead ammunition becomes reality

If the ban on the use of all lead ammunition becomes reality, 25% of hunters in Europe (nearly 2 million people) will stop hunting entirely and at least 30% will hunt less frequently.
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CPOPC Files Objection to EU Targeting Palm Oil in RED II Delegated Act Determining High ILUC-Risk Feedstock

CPOPC filed an objection to the European Commission regarding the RED II Delegated Act “on the determination of high ILUC-risk feedstock” and Implementing Act on “Sustainable biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels – voluntary schemes”.
Elections 03-09-2021

Greens leader Baerbock: Extremist or progressive force for Europe?

Annalena Baerbock is the first Green lead candidate in German history. But who is Baerbock, and what are her plans for Germany and Europe?
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Fit for 55 with healthy buildings

Indoor environmental quality has major impact on our health and wellbeing. The EPBD revision will boost building energy renovation at a massive scale. We show why and how the EPBD should better tackle IEQ and how REHVA promotes healthy buildings.
Climate change 15-07-2021

French lawmakers agree on final version of climate bill

French MPs and Senators reached an agreement on the final version of the country's Climate and Resilience Law - an emblematic text of the presidential term that aims to support the country’s ecological transition by helping it reach its 40% emission reduction target by 2030. A final vote is expected this summer. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 20-05-2021

Global hydrogen production from nuclear power would require 400 reactors, French report says

To produce low-carbon hydrogen on a global scale, 400 1GW nuclear reactors would be needed, according to a note published Tuesday (18 May) by the French parliamentary office for the evaluation of scientific and technological choices (OPECST). EURACTIV France reports.

German 30-year green bond attracts record demand

Investors have been scrambling to purchase Germany's new 30-year green bond despite the ongoing sell-off in the bond market that usually depresses demand. Previously, green bonds had only been issued with five or 10-year maturities. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Abolition of energy-saving incentives worries French building sector

The €2 billion of financial aid to boost energy renovation in France's COVID recovery plan may not be enough to compensate for the abolition of financial assistance provided to households under the so-called “energy saving incentives” – or what the French ministry has branded "coups de pouce isolation". EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 15-03-2021

‘Mistakes were made’ when vaccines were ordered, EU’s Timmermans admits

The European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has admitted that mistakes were made in Brussels when COVID-19 vaccines were being ordered and suggested taking stock "at the end of the pandemic" of what went wrong and what was done right. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Health 02-03-2021

Toulouse stadium to invest in fight against climate change

The largest stadium in the French city of Toulouse that hosts mostly football and rugby matches announced its partnership last month with Time for the planet, an initiative that allows citizens, investment funds, banks, and companies to invest as little as €1 in the fight against climate change. EURACTIV France reports.
Circular economy 02-02-2021

French MPs recommend more use of washable masks as pollution concerns rise

Faced with the boom of single-use masks in France, the country's National Assembly set up a "flash mission" on the topic and concluded that the wearing of washable facemasks should be recommended to the public. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 09-12-2020

French climate expert: We’ve made much progress in implementing Paris Agreement

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV France, Paul Watkinson, president of the UN Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice at COP24 and COP25, discussed why the 'rulebook' on implementing the Paris Climate Agreement still has not been ratified.

Germany submits climate plan to EU after six-month wait

With a delay of six months, Germany submitted its national energy and climate plan to the European Commission this week. The plan contains a lot of new, daring and sometimes questionable promises on renewable energies, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 03-06-2020

Agriculture has fundamental role to play in fighting climate change, says French socialist MEP

In an interview with EURACTIV's partner Le Journal de l'environnement, French socialist MEP Éric Andrieu (S&D) said that climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic make it necessary to put agriculture back at the heart of the debate and to change the agricultural model with targeted tools and resources.

Merkel reaffirms support for raising EU’s 2030 climate target to 50-55%

Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that the European Green Deal must be the driving force behind Europe's economic recovery plan. However, Germany has, so far, bailed out its fossil fuel industry like no other EU member state - and it's still a long way away from presenting its national climate plan. EURACTIV Germany reports.