Environment

EU legislation on urban waste water fit for purpose but overhaul needed

-
An evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive concludes that it is overall fit for purpose although there is room to enhance its positive effects and to step up its implementation in a...

“Disappointing” results from the COP25 climate change talks

-
COP25, the UN's climate conference ended on Sunday, after almost two weeks of talks over the world's response to the climate change, with negotiators having failed to reach an agreement on carbon markets. UN Secretary General,...

Czech Republic to develop greener railway transport with EU help

-
The Czech Republic’s plans to purchase 36 electric units for high-speed railway passenger transport in South Moravia got a boost on 16 December after the European Commission approved an investment of over €223 million...

Poland asks for more time to align with EU’s climate objectives

-
Last week's Council meeting found EU countries but Poland signing up to the bloc’s 2050 net zero carbon target, Ursula's von der Leyen ambitious green plan to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050. "In...

Still reliant on coal, Poland eyes renewables, pledges to meet EU emissions goals

-
Poland is looking to gradually phase out coal, increase electromobility and renewables, including hydrogen, Jaroslaw Dybowski, executive director of Energy Department at Poland’s PKN Orlen, a major Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer, told...

In Spain, EU invests in world-class oceanographic research vessel

-
A €68.3 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the design and construction of a vessel for the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) in Cádiz, Andalucía, has been approved by the...

European ‘Green Deal’ unveiled

-
Less than a fortnight into her term as President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen walked into the EU Parliament on December 11 and presented her administrations' first major initiative - the...

Pan-European battery consortium emerges with 7 EU Member States

-
An important Project of Common European interest (IPCEI) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries has been...

In harsh desert conditions, Qatar seeks a sustainable energy, water environment

-
DOHA, Qatar – The desert in Qatar extends on the right of the massive natural gas plant towards Mesaieed along massive sand dunes, reaching the sea border with Saudi Arabia. “Here we have high temperatures,...

Europe’s Green Deal timeline called into question

-
Europe has a unique opportunity in the new year to set an innovative and clear strategy in terms of environmental policy and shape future developments. The European Commission's new president, Ursula von der Leyen,...

EU negotiators ready to agree on taxonomy for sustainable finance

-
After long negotiations in the European Parliament, EU officials expect on Thursday the finalisation of the "EU taxonomy for sustainable finance" regulation that will provide a common set of standards determining whether an economic activity is...

Why we strike again

For more than a year, children and young people from around the world have been striking for the climate. We launched a movement that defied all expectations, with millions of people lending their voices...

EU Parliament declares climate emergency

-
In a wake-up call ahead of the COP25 climate conference that will be held in Madrid from 2 to 13 December, the EU Parliament approved, during Strasbourg's plenary session on Thursday, a resolution declaring...

EU goals for 450 GW of offshore wind are achievable, says WindEurope

-
The European Commission’s big goals for offshore wind – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and governments take the right approach to maritime...

Survey says most Europeans are upbeat about reversing climate change

-
The European Investment Bank has been working towards becoming the world's first climate bank through the adoption of a new energy lending policy that reflects its ambition on climate action and environmental sustainability. "Climate is...

Europe needs common ESG standards to prevent greenwashing

-
France’s top financial regulator, Robert Ophele, has urged Europe to set common standards for environmental, social, and governance to prevent widespread "greenwashing". Ophele added that regulators needed to be subject to "a common doctrine on...

Six EU islands turn decarbonisation into a reality

-
As the United Nations climate talks are rapidly approaching, six EU islands are setting an example for turning decarbonisation into a reality, drawing on the resources of their citizens. Selected by the Clean Energy for...

EU Tyre Labelling agreement to reduce fuel consumption, help the environment

-
By switching to the most energy efficient tyres, European citizens can reduce their fuel consumption significantly, saving money and helping the environment, EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said on 14...

Civil society and industry push EU leaders to adopt climate neutral economy faster

-
A broad group of 100 organisations from major industrial sectors and civil society have called on European Union policymakers to accelerate the uptake of clean and renewable electricity as the most cost-effective and energy...

France pens $15bn trade package with China

-
China and France signed contracts totalling €13.5bn ($15bn) on Wednesday, mainly in the agriculture, aeronautics, and energy sectors. The deal comes amid an ongoing Sino-American trade war, with significant collateral damage for EU exports. For...

Italy makes climate change education obligatory

-
On the very day Washington formally withdrew from the 2015 Paris climate accord, Italy announced that it will become the world’s first country to make the study climate change and sustainable development compulsory in...

EU strives to improve waste management

-
Waste is an issue that affects the whole European Union. According to the European Commission, altogether, the EU produces up to 3 billion tonnes of waste every year. On average, each of the 500...

IEA highlights offshore wind role in Europe’s 2050 climate neutrality

-
Offshore wind currently provides just 0.3% of global power generation, but its potential is vast, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said, stressing that much work remains to be done by governments and industry for...

EIB to support climate action projects in Brazil

-
The European Investment Bank agreed on 22 October to provide €100m to Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais, to support climate action projects in the Brazilian state Minas Gerais. The funds will be used by...

Highview Power to develop Cryogenic Energy Storage Facilities in UK

-
Long-duration energy storage solutions company, Highview Power, on 21 October announced plans to construct the UK’s first commercial cryogenic energy storage facility, which is also referred to as liquid air, at large scale, which...

Waste-to-energy highly efficient cogeneration plant in Poland gets EU nod

-
Polish plans to support the construction of a highly efficient municipal waste treatment facility located in Gdańsk comply with EU State aid rules, the European Commission said. The beneficiary of the aid is Port Czystej...

New Green Deal panacea for what ails EU

-
ATHENS – The New European Green Deal can open up new possibilities for development, employment, boost EU energy security and send a strong message to the world on dealing with the climate crisis, George...

EU countries stall EIB plans to phase out funding for fossil fuels

-
The European Investment Bank (EIB) on 15 October postponed taking a decision to next month on whether to phase out lending to fossil fuels, following objections from the European Commission and some EU Member...

EIB to announce new initiatives for climate action and inclusive development

-
Europe should address today’s global challenges by following policies that respond to the climate emergency while also building a resilient and inclusive society, according to the core initiatives of the European Investment Bank (EIB). The...

Timmermans wins EU Parliament’s support to become new climate chief

-
Frans Timmermans will become Europe's new climate chief after getting Parliament's green light on 10 October. The Dutch-designate, tapped by Ursula von der Leyen for European Green Deal and Climate Action, was considered "the...

Europe needs to move quickly towards sustainability

-
The EU must immediately move towards sustainability, according to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which also raised the alarm about the lack of political action and the slow pace in achieving the...

EU Member States, corporates to help meet climate targets

-
AMSTERDAM – The governments of the EU Member States need to be more specific about the detailed policy instruments they’re going to be pursuing to meet their climate targets, Wind Europe CEO Giles Dickson...

EU enhances international cooperation in the Arctic

-
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, the minister for foreign affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde, and EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella co-hosted on 3 October the 2019 EU Arctic Forum, in Umeå, Sweden. The...

Juncker Plan to support energy-efficient housing in Sweden

-
The European Investment Bank announced on 30 September that it is providing €300 million of financing under the Juncker Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments to the Swedish residential company Heimstaden Bostad, to develop...

The world has a moral responsibility to combat climate change

-
Ignoring the thousands of people taking the streets each week demanding world leaders to keep the promises made when they signed the UN climate Paris Accord in 2015, would be not only an environmental...

Japanese court clears nuclear power executives over Fukushima negligence charges

-
A Japanese court ruled on Thursday that three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power (TEPSCO) should not be considered criminally negligent for the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant. Japanese prosecutors accused TEPCO...

New EU Commission President wants Green Deal to become Europe’s hallmark

-
Preparing for the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations Secretary-General in New York on 23 September, the European Commission on 11 September adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. European...