Environment

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...

EU Parliament toughens CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans

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Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted on 27 March plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030, already informally agreed with EU ministers. MEPs and EU ministers have agreed on...

MEPs adopt new rules making EU electricity market cleaner

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New rules making the EU's electricity market fit for the future and putting the consumer at the center of the energy transition were approved by the European Parliament on 26 March - an important...

Back in fashion, Portuguese textiles rise from crisis

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PORTO, Portugal – Portugal’s textile industry is closely monitoring the developments in the future of the European Union, including Brexit, as its heavily relying on the European market, Paulo Vaz, Director General of ATP,...

European industries urge EU leaders to boost climate action

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Business, local governments, trade unions, and NGOs have urged EU leaders to rise up to the challenge of climate action and speed up Europe’s transition to a sustainable society. “Unprecedented citizen mobilisations are taking place...

EU urges China to peak its emissions before 2030

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The European Commission on 12 March urged China to peak its CO2 emissions before 2030. “China is at the same time the world’s largest emitter and investor in renewable energy. We call on China...

Energy labels to help EU consumers increase efficiency, save money

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Given the complexity of energy labels, the European Commission adopted on 11 March a new energy efficiency labels, making them more understandable for consumers and help them make better-informed purchasing choices. The new labels...

Low-carbon benchmarks deal reached by EU Council and Parliament

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The European Parliament and the Member States reached a political agreement on February 25 on a new generation of low-carbon benchmarks needed to help boost investment in sustainable projects and assets. The European Parliament and...

Future EU-ACP partnership to fight climate change in the Pacific

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The European Union, the Pacific Islands, and Australia plan to strengthen their cooperation in fighting global challenges such as climate change, the European Commission said on February 25. EU International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven...

Juncker faces Sweden’s teenage activist Greta Thunberg during climate talks

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Sweden's young climate activist Greta Thunberg. who was in Brussels to speak to EU politicians and to support the Brussels climate youth march on February 21, gave a speech at an event dubbed the 'Civil Society...

IRENA, EU advance renewable energy integration

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is launching a report on February 19 at the European Commission about integrating renewable energy. The report “Innovation Landscape for a Renewable-Powered Future: solutions to integrate variable renewables” launched...

EU Foreign Ministers call for strengthened climate fight

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The European Council on February 18 adopted conclusions on climate diplomacy after the EU's foreign affairs ministers welcomed the Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral Europe. The ministers also called for urgent and...

EU and Norway focus on natural gas role in Europe’s energy transition

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Climate Action and Energy Miguel Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, and Norway’s Petroleum and Energy Minister Kjell Børge Freiberg discussed on February 5 the role of natural gas, and decarbonisation in the industry as well...

Member States approve investment for EU energy infrastructure

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Member States of the European Union voted on January 23 on a Commission proposal to invest almost €800 million in key European energy infrastructure projects with major cross-border benefits. According to the Commission, the...

IRENA chooses European candidate as new director

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Given the European Union’s goal to tackle climate change and boost the use of renewables, the Commission hailed on January 14 the decision by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to elect the European...

Lithuanian renewable energy state aid gets EU approval

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A measure to support the production of electricity from renewable energy sources and a measure to support electro-intensive users in Lithuania have been approved by the European Commission, under EU State aid rules, the...

Russia’s Moscow Region tackles growing waste management problem

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MOSCOW – The Moscow region has begun to tackle the issue of waste management - one of its growing environmental problems - as it looks to lessons from the European Union's expertise in an effort to...

Japan unilaterally resumes commercial whaling

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Japan will resume commercial whaling in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone beginning in July, according to a statement issued on December 26. The unilateral move accompanies Tokyo’s decision to withdrawal from the International...

EU to introduce single-use plastic ban

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The Austrian Presidency confirmed on December 19 that EU lawmakers have reached an agreement on a ban that would prohibit the use of products such as straws, plastic plates, cutlery, and cotton buds. The European...

The revolution Europe needs

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The spontaneous street protests in Paris over the past month come almost exactly 50 years after the mass revolt of May 1968. But that is not to say the two events are comparable. Les événements...

Environment and climate action need more EU funds, MEPs say

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Following European Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term 2021-2027 budget, MEPs voted in favour on December 11 of doubling funding for the LIFE programme, the EU’s only funding instrument for climate...

Opinion: Ukraine can only win its war with Russia if Poroshenko is voted out

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In George Orwell’s 1984, "the party" is constantly re-writing history. Depending on who Oceania is currently fighting, the party claims that either “Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia” or “Oceania has always...

In Katowice, EU wants to finalise Paris Agreement rules

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The European Commission said on December 3 that this year's UN climate conference would be a key moment for implementation of the Paris Agreement, with Parties aiming to finalize detailed rules that will enable...

Crete-Peloponnese interconnector to end energy isolation of Greek island

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A project to connect Crete with the Peloponnese via an underwater cable that will put an end to the electrical isolation of the Greek island from the mainland electricity transmission system took an important...

EU wants a climate neutral Europe by 2050

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A few days before the COP24 climate conference starts in Katowice in Poland, the European Commission adopted on November 28 a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by...

Uniting Africa for power

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African countries are increasingly coming together. A landmark free-trade agreement was concluded earlier this year. East Africa has made great progress on the free movement of people. And a commitment to a single market...

Ahead of EU’s climate strategy, corporates call for direct investment in renewables

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AMSTERDAM – The European Union is the first jurisdiction in the world to legislate that there should be no administrative or regulative barriers to corporate renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson...

Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0

It is clear that in today’s world, information is the new precious commodity. In the era known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, companies are looking to take advantage of robotics, artificial intelligence, big data...

Trump’s diminishing power and rising rage

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The drama of Donald J. Trump’s presidency has centred around whether an extremist president would be able to carry out an extremist policy agenda against the will of the majority of Americans. So far...

EU Commissioner calls for more prevention to deal with climate change

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BRUSSELS – Contrary to US President Donald J Trump’s arguments, climate change is real and Europe should lead the way in taking preventive measures to mitigate the consequences of global warming, EU Humanitarian Aid...

EU says no Eastern Partnership Summit in 2019

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Ahead of a heavy schedule for the European institutions over the next year, including Elections to the European Parliament as well as a new European Commission and new European Council president that will be...

EU supports clean energy transition in island communities

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The EU Islands Secretariat launched on November 5 a call for expression of interest to EU's islands wishing to receive support to plan, prepare or advance their clean energy transition. The Secretariat will support up...