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The Green Brief: Quitting Russian fossil fuels is only half the challenge

Faced with war, high energy prices and a climate crisis, Europe needs to untangle itself from Russian fossil fuels asap. But ultimately, it needs to reduce its reliance on all fossil fuels as much as possible.

The Green Brief: Breaking up (with Russian oil) is hard to do

When she tabled a proposal to ban all imports of Russian oil and refined petroleum products by the end of the year, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen knew she would face resistance, if not outright opposition.

The Green Brief: Does the EPP still support von der Leyen’s Green Deal?

The European People’s Party (EPP), the largest group in Parliament, is threatening to scupper a crucial reform of the EU’s carbon market in a high-stakes political gambit that risks derailing the EU’s climate ambitions.

The Green Brief: Macron’s ecological to-do list

French President Emmanuel Macron will need to raise his environmental game in the coming five years after his first mandate was marked by grave mistakes on carbon taxation and stagnation on renewable energies.

The Green Brief: It’s now or never for energy conservation

EU countries are scrambling for new sources of gas to phase out Russian fossil fuels and punish Moscow for its brutal war in Ukraine. But in the rush to diversify, Europe once again risks overlooking a no-regret solution: energy conservation.

The Green Brief: One step closer to Russian fossil fuel ban

Pictures of dead bodies lying in the streets of Bucha have rightly sparked collective outrage across Europe, suggesting wanton slaughter of the Ukrainian people by the Russian army.

The Green Brief: France’s awkward ‘business as usual’ in Russia

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Green Brief. Below you’ll find the latest roundup of news on energy and environment from across Europe. You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter here. This week, Total Energies faced the wrath of Yannick Jadot, the Green...

The Green Brief: Europe’s great gas U-turn

The last week has seen a previously unthinkable political U-turn by the European Union to end its reliance on all fossil fuels imported from Russia.

The Green Brief: A turning point for fossil fuels

Russia’s war on Ukraine has put an end to years of cheap oil and gas, a situation expected to last well into next year that is prompting the EU to accelerate its shift to clean energy.
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The Green Brief – Coal is back in the spotlight

All of Europe is anxiously checking the storage levels of its gas depots. However, what most fail to consider are the vital train wagons full of an old-timey fuel that keeps Europe running: coal.

The Green Brief: Nord Stream 2 – chronicle of a death foretold

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Green Brief. Below you’ll find the latest roundup of news covering energy & environment from across Europe. You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter here. After Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops over the Ukrainian border, Berlin had...

The Green Brief: Nord Stream 2, Poland and rule of law

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Green Brief. Below you’ll find the latest roundup of news covering energy & environment from across Europe. You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter here. The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline linking Germany to Russia is a...

The Green Brief: An EU taxonomy fairytale

Once upon a time, in a strange land named Brussels, the great leaders of the European Commission came together to decide what investments should be made to save their world from the great monster Climate Change.

The Green Brief: The price of freedom gas

Confronted with a belligerent Russia at its eastern border, the European Union has started consulting with allies about possible alternatives to its supply of Russian gas. The financial and political cost could be high, however.

The Green Brief: Who wants to kill the EU taxonomy?

While Germany’s reaction to the EU’s green finance taxonomy proposal attracted much attention in Brussels, officials at the European Commission are likely more nervous about reactions in the European Parliament. If not, they should be.

The Green Brief – A ‘cloak and dagger’ taxonomy

As Europe waited to welcome 2022, those in the energy policy bubble suddenly found themselves drawn away from the myriad of fireworks by buzzing phones. 

The Green Brief: Gassy Christmas and a chaotic New Year!

Congratulations! You made it to the end of one of the most thrilling, exhausting, hopeful and depressing years in the history of climate policy. 2022 will be the Year of Negotiation – or the Year of Infighting.

The Green Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Getting real about gas

The European Commission’s gas package, due to be published today, risks being more of a cold shower than a Christmas present for supporters and opponents of gas alike.

The Green Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – How flexible is too flexible?

There’s a well-known f-word in Brussels – flexibility. And, when EU energy ministers met to discuss Europe’s plans for renewable energy and energy efficiency last week, it seemed they had bet on who could say it most.

The Green Brief: Hat-trick for the German Greens

After 16 years in opposition, the Germans Greens are back in government, taking the reins of three powerful ministries – an unprecedented feat, which also strengthens their hand in Brussels as they now have a direct link to the new government in Berlin.

The Green Brief: The future of gas

Europe's love affair with gas started around the North Sea in the 1950s with discoveries in the UK and the Netherlands. This is also where the industry’s future lies.

The Green Brief, powered by The Greens/EFA – Europe’s tightrope walk with gas

In policy making, the decarbonisation of gas has left EU officials and lawmakers wobbling on a tightrope between Europe’s fossil-reliant past and renewable-led future.

The Green Brief, powered by Habitat for Humanity – Germany’s shambolic Energiewende

As the world focuses on the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the German government coalition talks are offering a no less fascinating stage for climate policy drama.

The Green Brief: COP26 – the EU survival guide

Europe is coming in strong to COP26 and supporting several global initiatives. We bring you all the information from the summit from the EU perspective.