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Energy 18-09-2018

Finalising the Clean Energy Package: priorities for the Austrian Presidency

Member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission have made remarkable progress on the Clean Energy Package to date – which Orgalime, representing the European technology industries, warmly welcomes, writes Malte Lohan.
Climate change 17-09-2018

Lack of climate action ambition from governments balanced by pivotal non-state actors

San Francisco's Global Climate Action Summit ended on 14 September with non-state actors sending a call to action to governments ahead of the crucial COP24 in December, while highlighting their pivotal role in reducing emissions and reaching climate targets. 
Climate change 12-09-2018

‘Scientifically right’: Juncker backs deeper carbon cuts in SOTEU speech

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged the European Union on Wednesday (12 September) to raise its goals for limiting climate change, but did not mention the forthcoming 2050 strategy. EURACTIV’s partner Climate Home News reports.
Future EU 11-09-2018

Judging Juncker: From first speech to last

Before Jean-Claude Juncker's final State of the Union address to this European Parliament on Wednesday (12 September), EURACTIV takes a look at his first speech from 2015 to see how the Commission president has done over the last three years.
Climate change 04-09-2018

Governments ‘not ready’ for Katowice COP24

Governments are unprepared for a crucial climate change meeting in Poland later this year aimed at ensuring the full implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said on Tuesday (4 September) at the opening of climate talks in Bangkok.
Climate change 30-08-2018

Australia’s new PM risks climate trade-off with EU

Australia’s new prime minister will not walk away from the Paris climate agreement, although his new policies now make it unlikely the country will meet its emissions reduction goal. Ongoing trade talks with the EU could also hinge on how climate policy continues to develop.
Electric cars 20-08-2018

Stricter CO2 standards for vehicles are not the reason for job losses

Despite negative media reports, environmental regulation cannot be blamed for the coming upheavals in the automobile sector. Daniel Rieger explains.
Energy 08-08-2018

Unions tell Poland to push coal as UN climate host

Poland’s trade unions are mounting a defence of coal workers against the impacts of climate policies in a government-backed conference this week. EURACTIV's partner Climate Home News reports.
Climate change 07-08-2018

World risks entering irreversible ‘hothouse’ state

The world is at risk of entering “hothouse” conditions where global average temperatures will be 4-5 degrees Celsius higher even if emissions reduction targets under a global climate deal are met, scientists said in a study published on Monday (6 August).
Climate change 27-07-2018

EU relaxes climate stance in trade sop to Trump

The European Commission abandoned its customary climate hard talk on Wednesday (25 July) in a bid to defuse trade tensions with the US. EURACTIV's partner Climate Home News reports.

French insurance companies to divest from German top utility RWE     

Following the move by major European insurers Allianz, AXA, Generali and SCOR, the two French insurance companies Macif and AG2R La Mondiale will no longer invest in companies planning new coal-fired power plants. Germany’s top utility RWE is among the companies most affected by the new decision.
Climate change 23-07-2018

Climate campaigners lose UK court battle over carbon target

British environmental campaigners have lost their high court challenge against the government over its policy for tackling climate change. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Climate change 16-07-2018

China, EU reaffirm Paris climate commitment, vow more cooperation

China and the European Union on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate change pact and called other signatories to do the same, saying action against rising global temperatures had become more important than ever.
Climate change 13-07-2018

EU’s next top model could unlock Paris Agreement

The European Commission outlined plans this week for a long-term strategy to drag Europe onto a Paris Agreement-compliant climate trajectory. But there are concerns that the forthcoming set of scenarios could be undermined by one factor: maths.
Energy 11-07-2018

German coal trounced by renewables for first time

Renewable energy sources satisfied more of Germany’s power demands than coal during the first half of 2018, marking a shift towards clean power as the Bundesrepublik continues to debate how best to phase out coal.
Climate change 11-07-2018

EU should aim for net-zero emissions by 2040 to fight global warming

Keeping global temperature rise to 1.5°C is critical - and still possible. But it means the EU should aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, writes Andrea Kohl.
Climate change 10-07-2018

Ex-IPCC Vice-Chair: EU contribution to Paris goals is ‘unambitious and outdated’

The European Union needs to “significantly improve its policy package” for 2030 in order to align itself with the emission trajectories of the Paris Agreement, according to renowned Belgian climate scientist Jean-Pascal van Ypersele.
Energy 09-07-2018

China and EU can lead on climate action

An upcoming EU-China summit in Beijing will be yet another moment for both economies to show leadership on climate action, following the United States' surrender of influence under Donald Trump, writes Professor Zou Ji.
Climate change 09-07-2018

Mayors urge EU to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050

The mayors of ten major European cities –including Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona – have issued a joint call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement.
Climate change 05-07-2018

France’s contradictory climate ambitions

While French President Emmanuel Macron fights the corner of climate diplomacy, actions carried out by the French government led by Edouard Philippe mainly defend industrial interests. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Climate change 25-06-2018

Climate action should be a condition for future EU trade deals

The European Union should support France’s proposal to add compliance with the Paris Agreement as an essential element of EU trade accords, writes Steve Herz.
Banking union 22-06-2018

A ”facelift” to the EIB: the EU financial arm needs forward-looking reforms

The European Investment Bank (EIB) celebrates this year its 60th anniversary. But the 1958-founded EU body and bank should now look forward and commit to becoming a more sustainable, accountable and transparent institution, writes Xavier Sol.
Climate change 21-06-2018

Cañete: EU ‘de facto’ upping carbon reduction pledge to -45%

The EU's top energy and climate official revealed on Wednesday (20 June) that the bloc is now set to increase its emissions reduction pledge from 40% by 2030 to 45%, after EU negotiators sealed agreements on three clean energy laws in the past fortnight.
Energy 18-06-2018

The EU needs to walk the talk on the Paris Climate Agreement

The EU’s Energy Union Governance Regulation is not an EU-level invention or a bureaucratic imposition from Brussels. Instead, it is to a large extent an attempt to translate what several of the EU’s individual member states are already doing on climate and energy policy, writes Lola Vallejo.