Environment

Juncker Plan to support energy-efficient housing in Sweden

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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

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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

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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

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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...

EU continues to lead the global fight against climate change

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The European Commission adopted on 11 September a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. The EU has put concrete actions behind its Paris Agreement commitments, in line with the Juncker Commission priority...

New Commission needs to secure a zero-carbon target for 2050

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If the new European Commission is serious about decarbonising Europe's economy, it needs to take decisive action to secure a zero-carbon target for 2050, WindEurope said on 5 September. “Europe needs to start getting much...

Finland asks EU to utilise full toolkit on Amazon fires

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Ahead of Thursday’s Informal Foreign Affairs Council in Helsinki, Finland urges the EY to use all the tools at its disposal to stop fires in the Amazon rainforest. The Nordic nation, which currently holds the...

Brazil rejects G7 assistance in dealing with Amazon wildfires

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected €20 million pledge by the G7 summit in France to fight the Amazon forest wildfire. The money was pledged by Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the...

G7 to provide €17.9 million in emergency funding to combat Amazon wildfires

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced that the G7 nations agreed to provide €17.9 million in emergency funding to fight the Amazon fires.he flames rolling in the Amazon, the heads...

Brazilian Amazon policy jeopardises EU-Mercosur deal

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro pushed back against his international critics on Thursday, as wildfires consume vast expanses of the Amazon rainforest while he has promised farmers more land to cultivate soybeans and raise cattle. Brazil’s...

Italy’s opposition wants alternative government following Conte resignation

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Italy’s main opposition party The leader of Italy's centre-left Democratic Party, Nicola Zingaretti, has called for the formation of a four-year alternative government in order to approve the country's 2020 budget. This was the...

EIB finances 21 new wind farms in Spain

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €385 million in financing to wind energy company Alfanar to support its plans to construct 21 new wind farms in six autonomous regions in Spain. According to the...

Belgian nuclear plant reactors to may remain open until 2025

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According to the European Court of Justice. two of the reactors at Belgium's two Doel Nuclear Power Station may remain open until 2025 until an assessment on how the closure would affect electricity supplies in the country. In June...

Six EU nations will implement energy efficiency regulations

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The European Commission has requested Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom to request that the community energy efficiency regulations be transposed according to the bloc's rules. The 2012 directive establishes a common framework for measures to...

Commission gives boost to farmers to help with drought

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Farmers affected by drought will be able to ask for larger advances in EU aid for direct payments and payments for rural development, according to a statement by the European Commission on 25 July. Agriculture...

Teenage activist Thunberg urges French MPs to act on climate crisis

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"They said that we children, we exaggerate, that we are alarmists. To respond to that, I invite you to read the last IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report. You will find all of our...

Green deal emerges as a core policy for von der Leyen during latest hearing

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Germany's defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, the top candidate to become the next president of the European Commission promised on Tuesday a so-called "green deal” to be launched during the 100 first days of her...
A photograph made available on 04 October 2013 shows the river Tiputini as it passes by the northern border of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, 16 May 2007. The Ecuadoran Congress approved on 03 October 2013 new drilling for oil development and accompanying roads in the remote northeast section of Yasuni National Park, a 900,000 hectare Amazon forest which is considered one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.

EU-Mercosur deal criticised as an environmental disaster

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On its way to ratification by national parliaments, the recently concluded EU-Mercosur trade deal has come under intensive criticism for its perceived negative effects on the environment. The Mercosur deal envisages the import of 100,000...

Europe needs sustainable urban development and Copenhagen is paving the way

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The world is urbanising and fast. More than 55% of the global population live in towns and cities, according to the United Nations. With another 2.5 billion people likely to move to urban areas...

Cyprus, the island sinking in waste

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Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite, as myth has it, is often described as the crown jewel of the Mediterranean, with pristine waters and year-round mild weather have been powering the ever-expanding local tourism and...

Water bottling industry pushes for more deposit refund recycling

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The European bottled water industry has thrown its weight behind the deposit refund system, a plastic recycling scheme that pays a small cash sum to consumers who return plastic bottles, in order to meet the new...

US, Saudis and Iran resist climate change pledge at G20 Summit

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The US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are undermining efforts to issue a common G20 communique to be issued on Saturday in Osaka, Japan, which would entail a common pledge to combat climate change. Washington, Tehran...

BatteRIes Europe wants EV jumpstart, carbon cuts

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European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič on 25 June hailed the kick-off meeting of BatteRIes Europe as an umbrella for all batteries research and innovation and an important pillar of the...

Cañete, Altmaier to finalise German integrated energy and climate plan

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European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and Germany’s Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier on 24 June exchanged views on climate neutrality objectives and discussed growth opportunities arising from the...

Wasting waste and wasting an opportunity

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The optics of it certainly look extraordinary: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, aged 16, sat down with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in February to discuss climate action. Two months later, in April,...

EU leaders fail to commit to 2050 climate carbon neutrality goals

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European leaders have failed to commit to carbon neutrality by 2050 during a summit of EU leaders in Brussels on 20 June. The failure to garner enough support for a full commitment to go "climate neutral,...

EU to debate zero emissions by 2050

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The EU is debating a plan to slash net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, an objective to which the UK has already committed. The 30-year plan will be debated on Thursday in Brussels, with...

EU wants Member States to implement Paris agreement faster

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The Member States of the European Union needs to step up their efforts to meet the bloc’s climate objectives and implement the Paris Climate Agreement, according to report by the Commission published on 18...

EU and Japan to cooperate in clean energy transition and climate action

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At the G20 Energy and Environment Ministerial meeting, which took place in Karuizawa, the European Union and Japan agreed on 15 June to strengthen bilateral energy dialogue and cooperation on innovation for clean energy...

Cañete calls for establishing effective carbon markets

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International carbon markets and carbon pricing will play a major role in the fight against climate change and help advance ambitious climate action, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said, adding: “But we...

EC, EIB and BEV set up €100 million fund for clean energy investments

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At the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures established a new €100 million investment fund to support clean energy investments. Breakthrough Energy...

EU Commissioner urges prevention to reduce disasters amplified by climate change

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The European Union needs to step up prevention actions to reduce the impact of disasters that are amplified by climate change, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides said. Delivering a keynote speech at the...

Germany to spend €40bn to fund transition from coal

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Germany will pay €40 billion to fund the economic transition from coal to more environmentally friendly forms of energy. Currently, coal and lignite account for 40% of German electricity production. The current government plan envisages...

Vella says EU must maintain the momentum of its environmental work

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The European Union need to keep up the momentum of fighting climate, Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said. Following the EU Green Week 2019, which ended on 17 May, Vella picked up...

Vella calls for the implementation of EU environmental laws

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Full implementation of EU environmental legislation could save the EU economy around €55 billion every year, EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said in Brussels, citing a recent Commission report. At the...

Northvolt’s battery gigafactory in Sweden gets EU support

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) said on 15 May that the Bank has given its in-principle agreement to support Northvolt’s gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells in Skellefteå, Sweden, by a loan of €350 million. Upon...

Commission to support EU islands in their energy transition

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The Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat on behalf of the European Commission launched on 14 May in Stockholm a support mechanism for islands wishing to develop concrete clean energy transition projects. “Island communities historically...