About: EU Green Deal

Agrifood 26-03-2021

Croatian organisations fight to preserve seed as a basic human right

Bolstered by its own commercial production of seeds, Croatia has become one of the top EU countries for organic agricultural production. But organic farmers now fear that the introduction of a new Seed Act may jeopardise this. EURACTIV Croatia reports.

How to decarbonise heavy industry: From quick wins to long-term solutions

The steel industry is a major contributor to the overall CO2 emissions worldwide, and, therefore, a significant driver of climate change. The sector generated about 2 billion tons of CO2 in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency, which is double the volume of 2000.
Agrifood 22-03-2021

Sustainable farming ambitions: between the CAP and the Green Deal

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After years of negotiations, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for reaching a deal on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). However, much has changed in the EU policy landscape when it comes to...
Agrifood 23-02-2021

Unfair competition not top concern in green farming ambitions, says EU official

The discussion about pushing forward the green agenda globally should put less emphasis on the unfair competition for farmers that may arise as a consequence, a Commission official said recently, but the claim was quickly refuted by the farming community.
Aviation 15-02-2021

Airline industry charts path to carbon neutrality by 2050

The European airline industry has launched a sustainability plan to achieve carbon neutrality in the aviation sector by 2050, a roadmap they say will align the notoriously carbon-intensive sector, currently suffering a huge pandemic-caused downturn, with EU climate goals.
Energy 09-02-2021

Europe invested a record €26bn in offshore wind in 2020

Europe invested €26.3 billion in new offshore wind farms in 2020, financing 7.1 GW of new capacity, despite the COVID pandemic, according to industry association WindEurope.
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Hydrogen – the case for Central and Eastern Europe

Best businesses thrive when faced with challenges and the EU Green Deal offers an abundance of them in the foreseeable future. However, the potential to turn a challenge into an opportunity will rely on joint and coordinated efforts of public...
Politics 01-02-2021

Sinkevicius: ‘There can be no return to business as usual’ after the pandemic

There can be no return to business as usual after the pandemic and no amount of economic pressure should force us to compromise on people’s health and the health of our planet, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius said in an interview.
Agrifood 28-01-2021

Agricultural Statistics Explained

EURACTIV takes a closer look at agricultural statistics - Why do they matter, why should we care?

How the EU taxonomy can be the tool for dynamic climate transition

The EU’s “sustainable Taxonomy” has been sometimes portrayed as a binary tool defining which economic activities are sustainable and which ones are not. In fact, it can benefit a wide cross-section of Europe’s economy, writes Nathan Fabian.
Agrifood 20-01-2021

Green Deal makes its mark on EU crop protection sector

Increasing calls on the agri-food system to transition to a more sustainable model have seen the leading EU crop protection association rebrand and expand its mandate to encompass a more holistic approach to plant protection.
Agrifood 13-01-2021

German environment ministry proposes a social contract for green agriculture

German environment minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) is hosting a virtual agricultural congress on Wednesday (13 January) to discuss sustainable agriculture and the agreement between food production, environment and climate. At the centre, however, is a social contract. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Businesses and consumers will decide whether the EU Green Deal works

As the European Commission fleshes out its Green Deal policy unveiled by Ursula von der Leyen one year ago, companies are looking at how they fit into the picture.
Global Europe 21-12-2020

OECD candidate: The US is back as ‘guarantor’ of international liberal order

With the new US administration, Washington has again taken up its role as a guarantor of multilateral system, former EU Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou who runs for the OECD top job, told EURACTIV.com in an interview. “I think it has become...
Agrifood 17-12-2020

Delivering on the EU Green Deal: What role for innovation and disruptive technologies in agriculture

The EU Green Deal seeks to “transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from...
Agrifood 15-12-2020

EU agrifood relations with Africa: what lies ahead?

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The European Union is reshaping its approach to Africa, hoping to promote long-term sustainable food systems and help their people cope with the side-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Azerbaijan 11-12-2020

TAP pipeline is bringing EU energy policy to Azerbaijan

The construction of the TAP pipeline could set an example of what a project developer’s role should be – to build a commercial infrastructure project, while mitigating any potential environmental and social challenges, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Agrifood 09-12-2020

Green farming ambitions must not lose sight of bigger picture, experts warn

While policies aiming to green the EU’s farming system should be welcomed as a step in the right direction, they must also show coherence and understanding of the global picture, experts have warned.
Azerbaijan 08-12-2020

TAP pipeline meets 12% of Italy’s gas demand

Before the Trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP) was built, Italian businesses were paying a higher price for energy compared to their European peers, said Vugar Veysalov, head of external affairs at TAP. The new pipeline, which will also supply Greece and Bulgaria, will bring greater flexibility of prices, he told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Agrifood 07-12-2020

Farm to Fork and feed additives: What lies ahead?

With its newly-adopted pivotal agrifood policy, the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), which is at the heart of the EU Green Deal, the European Commission has set the goal to make food systems fair, healthy and sustainably-friendly. One of the...
Agrifood 26-11-2020

Time for small amendments to CAP is over, Greta tells the EU

In a virtual meeting with the Commission executive vice president Frans Timmermans, a group of young climate activists headed by Greta Thunberg reiterated their harsh criticism of the proposed reform of the EU's farming subsidies programme, saying there was no more time for "small steps in the right direction".
Agrifood 13-11-2020

Commission does not rule out CAP withdrawal at a later stage

The European Commission has confirmed that a withdrawal of its proposal for the reform of the EU's massive farming subsidies programme is still a possibility, though not at this stage.
Agrifood 13-11-2020

Despite pandemic’s disaster, brewers insist on EU climate goals

The EU beer industry has vowed to continue investing in sustainable practices in their brewing processes to meet EU Green Deal goals despite disastrous implications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2030 Climate Target Plan: What will it take to reach the target?

In mid-September, the European Commission came forward with a much-awaited update of its emissions reduction target, which sits at the heart of the European executive’s climate action strategy under the European Green Deal. For the ultimate goal of achieving climate...