Environment

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...

EIB loan to finance power cable between Crete and mainland Greece

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ATHENS - The Greek island of Crete took a step closer towards energy independence and cutting CO2 emissions on 9 May, following a deal between Greece’s Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO or ADMIE) and...

‘Atlantic Alliance’ calls for ambitious EU climate change agenda

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Less than half of the leaders of EU-27 have gathered in Sibiu, Romania for a summit focusing on the future of the bloc that includes a climate change agenda. A so-called "Atlantic Alliance" led by liberals...

Sweden’s domestic shipping emits more greenhouse gasses than domestic aviation

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Sweden's domestic shipping emits almost twice the amount of air pollution and greenhouse gases than previously thought and, therefore, domestic shipping has a greater environmental impact than domestic flights. The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute now collects emission...

Arctic Council meeting is overshadowed by lack of consensus on climate change

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All eyes on Monday were on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland with the US expected to refuse to sign off a common statement...

Climate change accentuates north-south economic inequality

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Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Canada are some of the few countries to benefit economically from climate change in recent decades, according to a Stanford University study published by the US National Academy of Sciences...

EU, France and Germany discuss energy innovation cooperation

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European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier, and French Economic Affairs and Finance Minister Bruno Lemaire met in Paris on 2 May to discuss cooperation in...

Šefčovič calls for building a strategic battery value chain in Europe

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Hosting the third political meeting at Ministerial level under the European Battery Alliance, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said the participating countries agreed to accelerate work in providing accelerated support for...

Rising calls for nuclear, renewables to work together in climate fight

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SOCHI, Russia – All low-carbon energy is needed in order to tackle climate change and meet the 2050 emission targets, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told New Europe. “All the low-carbon options need...

Dutch plans for CO2 capture technology get EU aid

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Dutch plans to grant €706,000 of public support to the company De Meerlanden Holding for the installation of CO2 capture technology in its biomass digester located in Rijsenhout, in the province of Noord-Holland, were...

EU Parliament backs environment and climate action funding

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The European Parliament vote on funding for the environment and climate action will help protect the environment and mitigate climate change, supporting a clean energy transition with increased energy efficiency and a higher share...

Sweden’s teenage climate activist challenges European lawmakers

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In a speech Following the catastrophic fire that ripped through Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sweden's teen climate activist Greta Thunberg gave an impassioned speech on Tuesday where she challenged Europe's leaders to take the threat of climate change...

As CO2 emissions prices increase, climate issues could weigh on European elections

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The surge in the cost of CO2 emissions could affect the results of European Elections as a number of parties are opposing the environmental policy. As the Yellow Vest movement in France started due to...

Fiat-Chrysler pool car fleet with Tesla to meet EU CO2 limits

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The Fiat Chrysler group will pool its fleet of cars with Tesla Motors in order to meet EU CO2 emission targets, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The loss-making American manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles...

Spain surpasses EU renewable targets for 2030

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BILBAO, Spain – Spain has the most ambitious national plan for renewables of any country in the EU surpassing the European Commission’s expectations, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe on 2 April in...