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Railways 15-04-2021

Rail and aviation set for showdown over 2022 ‘European Year of’ status

Rail associations are calling on the European Commission to extend the current “European Year of Rail” designation to 2022 as the ongoing pandemic has disrupted this year's planned activities. But some MEPs argue that next year should be the “European Year of Aviation” to support the struggling airline sector.
Road charging 14-04-2021

Deployment of EU electric vehicle charging stations too slow, auditors say

The European Union's deployment of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is not quick enough to meet the bloc's targets, EU auditors said on Tuesday (13 April).
Agrifood 25-03-2021

Agroecology transitional costs major hurdle to uptake, warns French advisory body

Producing more while reducing the impact on the climate and the environment: this is the challenge facing the agricultural world today, presented as one of the keys to a successful green transition by the French and European public authorities. EURACTIV France explores the potential of agroecology in squaring this circle.
Batteries 19-03-2021

Commission’s ‘ambitious’ green battery proposal criticised during Council debate

EU countries expressed concern Thursday (18 March) that the European Commission’s sustainable battery proposal sets unworkable targets and deadlines and would increase bureaucratic costs for battery producers, raising the prospect that the legislation will require significant changes before entering into law.
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.
Transport 15-03-2021

EU reaches agreement on cross-border infrastructure funding

Following lengthy and at times contentious negotiations, the European Parliament and Council agreed Friday (11 March) on the Connecting Europe Facility, making available over €30 billion in funding for transport, digital, and energy projects.
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Transport 10-03-2021

The CEF ITS Corridors and the European ITS Platform contributing to the Green Deal and the Digitalisation challenges

The European Union activated an ambitious plan on two of the most fundamental subjects for the life of its citizens, namely the Green Deal and the Digital Strategy. Global climate change can put at risk the quality of life of the people,...
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2021

Austria vetoes Mercosur deal saying it goes against EU Green Deal

Austria’s coalition government has confirmed it will block the landmark EU-Mercosur trade agreement - which should create the biggest free-trade area in the world - saying it goes against the EU's environmental ambitions set out in the European Green Deal.
Electric vehicles 26-02-2021

Deliveries are up, e-van sales are not – that’s a disaster for pollution

The sale of electric vans has been sluggish despite a boom in home deliveries, spurred by pandemic-driven online shopping. The lack of clean vans on European roads will harm our chances to reach emissions targets, writes James Nix.

NGOs call for stricter reporting requirements for European companies

By the end of March, the European Commission wants to present a revised version of the so-called non-financial reporting directive (NFRD). A coalition of European NGOs is calling for greater transparency and stricter reporting requirements for companies in sustainability matters. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

EU regions’ advisory body to step up cooperation with Commission

Renovations, sustainable mobility, urban greening. These are just some areas in which the Committee of the Regions' (CoR) wants to work more closely with the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
Electric vehicles 03-02-2021

Fleet electrification would cut road transport emissions by 50%, study finds

Electrifying public and private fleets would cut around half of all road emissions in Europe, providing a major boost for the EU’s climate goal and revolutionising clean mobility in Europe, according to a new report by industry group Eurelectric and Ernst & Young (EY).
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.
Agrifood 08-01-2021

Portuguese presidency to handle agriculture ‘with eyes on the future’

The Portuguese presidency of the EU Council is committed to doing everything to conclude negotiations on the reform of the EU's massive farming subsidies programme without overlooking the transition toward a more sustainable food system, the Portuguese farm minister told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
EU-Africa 18-12-2020

Time for a global Green New Deal

The EU needs a ‘global’ Green New Deal that ends the West's hypocritical relationship with overseas fossil fuel investment, writes Muhammad Magassy.
Energy 14-12-2020

Offshore wind power: How to unlock the necessary investments?

The European Commission estimates up to 450 GW of offshore wind power is needed by 2050 for Europe to deliver climate neutrality. Electricity will represent at least 50% of the total energy mix in 2050 and 30% of the future...

Towards carbon neutrality – one year in

December 2020 marks the first anniversary of European Commission President Von der Leyen’s announcement of the European Green Deal – with the centrepiece ambition to make Europe a carbon-neutral continent by 2050. The initial climate action initiatives include the European...
Transport 10-12-2020

The transition to sustainable and smart mobility: How do we get there?

In February 2020, European Commissioner for Transport Valean gave her first insight into the Commission’s reflections on the future of transport and mobility. She welcomed the European Parliament’s choice to put sustainability at the centre of the debate as it...
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Cybersecurity 08-12-2020

To Ensure a Green Future, We Need Big Data and Smart Mobility

The European Green Deal has set the EU on a course to become the first climate-neutral region on the planet which will position it as a global leader in sustainability and the green economy. The EU’s quest to become climate-neutral will require innovative new technologies, and sustainable manufacturing processes that support them. Investment in environmentally friendly technologies will be critical as today’s technology companies search for solutions to our society’s problems. A focus on smart mobility, technology, big data and big society will lay the foundations for a climate-neutral future.

EU 2050 climate targets: Are they feasible and can they be achieved without stunting economic growth

The EU aims to be climate-neutral by 2050 – an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. This objective is at the heart of the European Green Deal and in line with the EU’s commitment to global climate action under the...

Chemistry – Can it serve as a catalyst for a green and circular rebound?

The European Green Deal aims to help businesses grow in a sustainability-conscious manner, so they contribute to a sustainable economic rebound, in which a circular economy plays a key role. In October 2020, the European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals...
Transport 03-12-2020

Reducing EU transport emissions: Can C-V2X deployment play a significant role?

Transport and mobility play a vital role in the everyday lives of people and businesses. European transport policy is designed to meet their needs as well as to address climate change and reap the benefits of digitisation. The European Commission...
Global Europe 25-11-2020

EU ombudsman criticises BlackRock contract

The EU’s ombudsman on Wednesday (25 November) reproached the European Commission for a contract with BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, to study sustainable finance regulations which raised conflict-of-interest questions. Emily O’Reilly, whose role is to be an ethics watchdog...
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Energy 25-11-2020

Ocean Energy: A test of the Green Deal’s transformational ambitions

Beyond its decarbonisation goals, the Green Deal aims to create entirely new industries and jobs, reframe our relationship with local environments and natural resources, and re-prioritise fairness and quality of life. A powerful step-change by a confident young Commission, or just admirable intentions?  A new initiative on ocean energy may prove to be an important barometer, writes Rémi Gruet.