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Agrifood 11-05-2021

Urgent action is needed as Europe’s food systems stand at the crossroads of transformation or crisis

The average European wastes their own weight in discarded food each year, and, worryingly for both our health and sustainability, more than half of the adult European population is overweight. Alongside this, agriculture is responsible for around 10 per cent...
Circular materials 01-04-2021

A circular economy for textiles to design out waste and pollution

Europe has an opportunity to use the textiles strategy, due to be published this year, to build on its history of textile manufacturing and switch to a more sustainable industry, benefitting citizens and the environment, writes Valérie Boiten.
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Carbon capture: one technology for many routes to net-zero

Uniquely placed to cut emissions in many sectors − and enable greater use of renewables − carbon capture and storage (CCS) needs more political backing if we are to stand any chance of reaching net-zero emissions. Kenji Terasawa is the...
Economy & Jobs 25-09-2020

Will environmental failings bring down the EU-Mercosur deal?

It’s taken 20 years to build but Europe’s trade deal with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries is looking increasingly like a rush job – with its environmental and social aspects the most shoddy, writes Amandine Van der Berghe....
Transport 16-06-2016

Biofuels are vital to decarbonising the EU’s road transport

The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones – it ended because we found better alternatives. The same must become of the Oil Age, if we are to fulfil our COP21 commitments, writes Robert Wright.
Energy 15-02-2016

Bioenergy is the weakest link in EU renewable energy policy

As the Commission closes it public consultation on the future of the EU’s renewable energy policies, their success greatly depends on the questionable sustainability of bioenergy, writes Sini Eräjää.
Climate change 27-01-2016

Assessing co-benefits could accelerate action on climate change

Despite the encouraging and historic climate agreement at COP 21 in Paris, politicians all over the world argue that quick climate action is too costly. But if they redid the calculation and included co-benefits they would take action now. And they should, argues Christian Friis Bach.
Road charging 11-02-2015

A shock to the system: Why energy union must deliver transport efficiency and electrification

The global picture is clear: both demand for surface transport and resulting CO2 emissions are going to skyrocket by 2050. Even for those who analyse transport on a daily basis the figures are startling – an increase of up to 110% in carbon emissions from passenger transport and up to a whopping 600% from freight, says transport expert.
Oil drums. [Sergio Russo/Flickr].
Energy 19-06-2014

FQD – an oily tunnel. But will there be light at the end?

Under the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), oil companies must reduce the carbon intensity of their transport fuels by 6% by 2020. But heavy lobbying from industry, Canada and the US has led to a weakened Commission proposal. Laura Buffet of Transport & Environment argues that the option for oil companies to report accurate company-specific carbon values for their different oil is crucial for an effective FQD.
Climate change 28-06-2013

EU will face severe consequences if it does not support carbon capture and storage

Five years ago the EU was the world leader in championing carbon capture and storage (CCS) but it has since slipped from the top spot due to a lack of investment in this essential part of the EU's objective to reduce carbon emissions, writes Graeme Sweeney.
Climate change 02-01-2012

European leadership for carbon reduction

Europe is uniquely well-positioned to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions, argue Shin-pei Tsay and Deborah Gordon of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. They outline four major ways this could be achieved.
Development Policy 23-05-2011

A single binding international climate agreement will remain a chimera

Eberhard Rhein argues that Copenhagen and Cancún-style UN climate conferences should be discontinued in favour of more regular meetings of the most polluting countries.
Transport 13-01-2011

EU shouldn’t shy away from setting CO2-related targets for transport

If the EU wants to reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050, it will have to adopt a different approach to transport policy, writes Christian Egenhofer from the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

Cap and trade in America: US climate policy at a crossroads

"The EU has been the sole leader in climate protection so far, but the US should soon join in," says Klaus Deutsch in a July paper for Deutsche Bank Research, pointing out that the Senate has begun preparations for a wide-ranging climate bill.
Development Policy 04-07-2008

Curbing climate change and sustaining economic growth

To tackle the current global challenge of climate change, the world must balance two crucial objectives: stabilising atmospheric greenhouse gases while maintaining economic growth, argue a group of consultants from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) in a June 2008 report.
Development Policy 15-05-2008

Reviewing the EU’s Emissions Trading System

The EU ETS has been a relative success considering the challenges it has faced and should serve as an example in the current US climate policy debate, argue Denny Ellerman and Paul Joskow in a May 2008 report for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
Energy 16-01-2008

The cost of reducing US greenhouse gas emissions

The US needs "strong, coordinated, economy-wide action" in the form of a comprehensive abatement programme to prevent a sharp increase in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), a recent study by McKinsey suggests.

The accountability challenge for climate diplomacy

The current climate change summit in Bali could be "a milestone towards real progress on climate change" and therefore needs to identify ways to "link the emission reductions to incentives for cleaner, alternative paths for growth", argues Alejandro Litovsky in an Open Democracy commentary.
Development Policy 11-10-2007

How to make EU emissions trading a success

The emissions trading scheme currently in place in the EU has "fundamental flaws", writes Simon Tilford, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform (CER).

Climate policy should focus on reducing emissions

Depending on 'geo-engineering' to tackle global warming is a "dangerous delusion" which "may not provide substantial benefits and will undoubtedly be accompanied by unforeseen adverse consequences", writes Vicki Arroyo in an article for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

The US Supreme Court, greenhouse gas regulation and foreign policy

In an article for ASIL – the American Society of International Law – Cymie R. Payne reflects on the legal implications of a recent decision by the US Supreme Court, which directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its refusal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy 08-06-2007

Energy and emissions impacts of corn ethanol processing

The greenhouse-gas emission impacts from different corn ethanol processing plant types can vary significantly, new research from the US Centre for Transportation Research reveals - from a 3% increase if coal is the process fuel to a 52% reduction if wood chips are used.
Climate change 18-09-2006

Analysis: The economic costs and ineffectiveness of the Kyoto Protocol

This paper, published by the Institut économique Molinari, gives a critical appraisal of the Kyoto protocol and the economic costs associated with it.
Trade & Society 25-07-2006

Analysis: The EU Emissions Trading Scheme – Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

Experts from the 'European Climate Platform' (ECP – a joint initiative by CLIPORE and CEPS) identify the key strategic and operational issues for the review of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) later this year.