About: environment

Banking union 22-06-2018

A ”facelift” to the EIB: the EU financial arm needs forward-looking reforms

The European Investment Bank (EIB) celebrates this year its 60th anniversary. But the 1958-founded EU body and bank should now look forward and commit to becoming a more sustainable, accountable and transparent institution, writes Xavier Sol.

Paris meeting offers opportunity for leadership on high-seas agreement

The high seas make up nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean, but less than 1 percent is currently protected. All this could change this September, when governments come together at the United Nations for an intergovernmental conference to negotiate a new treaty that would create a mechanism for protecting these ocean areas, writes Liz Karan.
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More than ammunition: AFEMS’ commitment to sports, environment and social inclusion

The Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition (AFEMS) is a non-profit, Europe-wide association based in Brussels. Its mission, however, goes beyond protecting its members’ interests and is at the forefront of defending social and environmental issues.
Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

Europe taking the lead in responsible globalisation

Reshaping globalisation is Europe's responsibility and chance, write Karl Aiginger and Heinz Handler. Policy should ensure that there are no more winners and losers from globalisation, they argue.
Climate change 24-05-2016

What would Brexit mean for the environment?

With only a month to go before the UK referendum, a narrow range of issues has dominated the debate, leaving many others, including working conditions, international development and the environment firmly in the shadows, write Viviane Gravey and Andrew Jordan.

Businesses can benefit from climate targets, but only if they adapt

Aligning the global economy with the two degrees target can open up business to a vast reserve of untapped opportunities – if business leaders are willing to embrace the change, writes Bertrand van Ee.
Climate change 26-10-2015

Europe’s Capital Markets Union needs to be climate proofed

The European Commission will need to work harder to ensure efforts manage climate and wider environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk do not inadvertently scupper the Capital Markets Union initiative, argues Ingrid Holmes.
Agrifood 19-10-2015

Tackling climate change is the key to producing enough nutritious food to beat hunger

Developing a viable and vibrant agricultural sector presents a significant market opportunity for small and family farmers, write Phil Hogan and Neven Mimica.
Transport 13-07-2015

Europe needs a clean break for cleaner fuels

The technology-neutral policy for clean transport fuel is dead. Clean electricity must be put at the heart of EU transport policy, argues Jos Dings. 
Trade & Society 26-06-2015

TTIP driving EU’s deregulation agenda

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic should consider the wishes of their electorate, including the millions of citizens that have signed petitions against TTIP, argues Pieter de Pous.
Energy 19-03-2015

Biomass’ ‘zero’ ETS rating burns us all

We have no idea if the biomass burned actually reduces CO2 emissions, which raises questions about the energy source's zero rating in the EU's Emissions Trading System, writes Carlos Calvo Ambel.
Energy 22-10-2014

Poland’s ‘dirty’ Eastern block shows some cracks

Horse trading intensifies as the eleventh hour approaches for the EU to decide on its 2030 climate and energy policy. And while Poland has led an Eastern coalition to resist ambitious targets for Europe, Ondrej Pasek writes that some may be only reluctantly following Warsaw.
Development Policy 30-09-2014

Climate change at ground zero

Burkina Faso is located in the heart of the Sahel, which means that it is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change.

The EU needs more anticipatory funding of health and environmental research

In recent months, there have been several attacks on the Precautionary Principle and how the principle has been used in the EU. For example, the scientific advisor to the President of the European Commission, Ann Glover, has accused Commissioners of having “crazy ideas” about the safety of nanotechnologies, genetically modified organisms, shale gas, endocrine disrupters, etc. (See EU twisting facts to fit political agenda, chief scientist says and EU science advisor: 'Lots of policies are not based on evidence'.) Similarly, it has been argued that policymakers often misuse the precautionary principle.
Energy 31-03-2014

Innovation as answer to resource constraints

In a joint contribution for EURACTIV, members of the European Parliament, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Philippe Lamberts and Jo Leinen, call for a new industrial paradigm shift as a solution for the increasing scarcity of natural resources in Europe.

Resource efficiency work must start now, not in 10 years

This spring the European Commission will publish a package on resource efficiency and the circular economy. This must include strong indicators on the EU’s use of resources and set a clear path to reduce the overconsumption of water, land, raw materials and carbon, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

Circular economy calls on the EU to think globally, act locally

Poto?nik’s main legacy as European environment commissioner was to put resource efficiency and the circular economy on the EU agenda. But the EU is a big ship and turning it around is slow: whoever is next at the helm would be wise to anchor the circular economy in local action and proximity, writes Jori Ringman-Beck.
Climate change 09-10-2013

#OccupyGezi and #RosiaMontana: Turkish and Romanian lessons for Europe 2.0

Social media play a key role in the awakening of civil society over environmental issues in Romania and Turkey, write Radu Magdin and Demir Murat Seyrek.

Fertiliser chief: Farming should remain at top of development agenda

In agreeing to come up with a list of Sustainable Development Goals, governments have pledged to take a holistic approach to our global future, therefore viable farming should remain top of the list, argues Abdulrahman Jawahery.
Climate change 29-11-2011

Durban: One climate, one goal?

Negotiators in Durban must put aside their national interests and come up with common targets on emission cuts and climate funding within the spirit of solidarity in order to achieve a climate breakthrough, argues Roeland Scholtalbers.
Climate change 09-07-2010

Giving our future a face: We need guardians for long-term well-being

New ways of thinking are needed to tackle short-termism and secure our future well-being, writes Dr. Maja Göpel, director of the Future Justice department at the World Future Council, in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Med & South 23-04-2010

Union for the Mediterranean has to get serious

"The EU needs to fundamentally modify its approach to its Mediterranean partners," writes Eberhard Rhein, a lecturer at the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies in Malta, in an April post for Blogactiv.
Development Policy 11-12-2008

Why does Pozna? matter?

The Pozna? climate change conference "marks the halfway stage of negotiations to form a new global agreement to prevent dangerous climate change," writes Tan Copsey, development manager of the 'chinadialogue' website.
Trade & Society 14-04-2008

Addressing consumer concerns about climate change

As climate change moves up the political agenda, consumers are beginning to push corporations to address the effect they have on the environment, says a March 2008 strategy paper published by consulting firm McKinsey. Meanwhile, corporations are responding to consumers' needs by providing better products and company benefits, it says.

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