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The Green Brief: EU climate package déjà vu?

For those who have been following EU energy and climate policy over the past five years, the European Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ package has a distinct whiff of déjà vu.

The Green Brief: EU divisions loom over climate policy

With the EU’s new climate law passing in the European Parliament last week, there is now no doubt about whether EU lawmakers see the need to tackle climate change. Now they just need to answer the question of how to do this.

The Green Brief: Building back better?

When the European Union prepared its response to the coronavirus pandemic in May last year, it promised one thing: to “build back better”. But national recovery plans show a gap between what EU countries are willing to do and what the Commission aimed for.

The Green Brief: CBAM enters with a bang

The EU's carbon border adjustment mechanism – or CBAM – entered with a bang last week when a draft of the EU’s upcoming new regulation was leaked to the press. The document raised as many questions as it answered, however.

The Green Brief: The worst is yet to come for big oil

Last week’s court ruling that saw Shell ordered to reduce its CO2 emissions was enough to put the oil sector on the back foot. And further setbacks are expected when the European Commission tables new climate policy proposals in July.

The Green Brief: Europe’s long road out of coal

The European Union has never had a coordinated strategy to ditch coal – and that shows in the mismatch between regions and countries, as illustrated this week with the dispute between Poland and Czechia over the Turów coal mine.

The Green Brief: Europe’s ‘zero pollution’ dreams

The European Commission's 'Zero Pollution Action Plan' may have been labelled as the cherry on top of a grand Green Deal, but it lacks the impetus for real change.

The Green Brief: Germany’s scramble to net zero

The past two weeks in Germany have shown how quickly the political winds can turn when it comes to climate policy.

The Green Brief: Beware the carbon price backlash

Concerns about the "just transition" to a green economy are likely to resurface after the price of carbon on the EU’s emissions trading scheme hit €50 per tonne for the first time this month.

The Green Brief: The US is back. Should Europe rejoice?

After four year of Trumpism, the United States made its big comeback on the green diplomacy stage last week by organising a virtual climate summit in Washington.

The Green Brief: Europe’s anti-nuclear madness

Greetings and 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 European Commission’s in-house scientific body, the Joint Research Centre,...

Green Brief: Clarity on Gas

Greetings and 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. It’s been three years now at least since discussions on...

Green Brief: Fifty shades of green

Greetings and 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 media are often criticised for being overly cynical...