Environment

EU launches €75 million BlueInvest Fund to protect oceans, seas and coasts

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During the BlueInvest Day conference in Brussels, European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President Emma Navarro and EU Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius have launched a €75 million equity investment fund for the blue...

Ryanair slammed for misleading green claims

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The UK advertising watchdog, The Advertising Standards Authority, censured an ad campaign by the airline Ryanair, in which it claimed it is Europe’s “lowest emissions airline”. The regulator investigated Ryanair’s ads, after receiving complaints the...

UK to ban new gas vehicles by 2035

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UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced he will ban the sale of new gas, diesel and hybrid vehicles from 2035, five years earlier than planned. Johnson’s government explained the move is an attempt to reduce...

Green Central Asia initiative launched

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Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas hosted a high-level ministerial conference on 28 January in Berlin, during which the ‘Green Central Asia’ initiative was launched. The initiative aims to support regional integration between Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,...

EIB backs innovative electric power company in Spain

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing Arteche Group with a €27 million loan to finance its Research and Innovation strategy, the European Commission said on 22 November. “The electric power industry has a crucial...

EU eyes hydrogen for zero emissions energy

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ATHENS – The Commitment of the new European Commission to a clean energy transition that includes an important role for hydrogen is very clear, a former German MEP and now Hydrogen Europe Secretary General...

UN says climate change can be cause for asylum

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A United Nations’ human rights Committee has ruled that people fleeing the effects of climate change can claim asylum. The panel published its ruling in the case of a man from Kiribati who was sent...

Spain declares climate emergency

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Spain’s government issued a statement, declaring a “climate emergency” and committed to bringing a draft bill aiming to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The new government of prime minister Pedro Sánchez has committed to...

Trump rejects climate action, Thunberg slams Davos elites

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The annual World Economic Forum kicked off with US president Donald Trump criticising climate activists, in contrast with young activist Greta Thunberg who urged the leaders for climate action. They did not directly mention...

World Economic Forum 2020 kicks off in Davos

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Some of the world’s most powerful people gathered for the annual World Economic Forum that kicked off today in Davos, Switzerland. The invitation-only event has been criticized as a gathering of the world’s elite....

Malaysia sends back trash to rich countries

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Malaysia has redirected 150 containers of plastic waste that did not have import permits, to 13 other countries. 43 of the containers were returned to France, 42 to the UK, 17 to the US, 11...

Davos 2020 economic forum to focus on environmental risks

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Presidents, heads of state and global business leaders gathered in in the Alpine resort town of Davos, Switzerland, for the annual economic and political summit. The summit began as a business forum, but evolved...

The road ahead for the Green Deal

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Becoming the world's first carbon-neutral bloc by 2050 requires more than mobilising €1 trillion in sustainable investments over the next decade. If Europe wants to leave no one behind during the transition and have...

MEPs want global CO2 binding targets to save biodiversity

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Members of the European Parliament want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. On 15 January, the European...

In Abu Dhabi, Simson to discuss global efforts to deploy renewable energy

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On 11-12 January, EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson is expected to travel to Abu Dhabi to attend the 10th session of the IRENA Assembly. The Commissioner will hold a number of bilateral meetings with regional...

Climate Action: EIB finances 40 new electric trains in Italy

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a €68 million loan to Ente Autonomo Volturno (EAV), Campania Region's railway management authority, to purchase 40 new electric trains, the European Commission said on 10 January....

EIB funds to help finance electric and CNG buses in Spain

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided €27.5 million in financing to Spanish transport company Grupo Ruiz to replace its more polluting diesel buses with 32 electric and 141 compressed natural gas alternatives, the...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...