Environment

The economics of the climate crisis

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Two major events last week bear directly on global debates about climate change and how to address it. The first was the release of a report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),...

EU, UN seek compromise ahead of COP24 climate talks

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Global greenhouse gas emissions are - yet again - set to increase in 2018 and “aggressive action” is needed to peak emissions, mainly with the help of energy efficiency and renewables, the International Energy...

New German government offshore wind auction rules lead to fewer permits

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The German Federal Network Agency, BNetzA, announced the results of the latest German onshore wind auction on October 19, noting that only 363 MW of capacity won a contract, compared to the 670 MW...

Sustainable portfolio steering

Recent landmark sustainability agreements, such as the G7’s commitment to decarbonizing the global economy and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, confirm that sustainable development is top of the agenda for governments around the...

EU and Bill Gates launch clean energy fund to tackle climate change

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The European Commission and Breakthrough Energy, led by Bill Gates, launched on October 17 a new investment fund – Breakthrough Energy Europe – to help innovative European companies develop and bring radically new clean...

EU Council adopts conclusions on climate change

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Ahead of COP24, the European Union environment ministers on October 9 agreed their position on climate change. The Council adopted conclusions on climate change that emphasize the unprecedented urgency, which is needed to step...

UN and EU urge world to limit global warming to 1.5°C

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Special Report on October 8 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. EU Climate...

EU regions scale-up joint projects in advanced materials for batteries

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An interregional partnership will receive tailored support from the European Commission to develop and scale-up joint projects in advanced materials for batteries, under the smart specialisation pilot action for interregional innovation, the EC said...

Hamburg highlights wind energy role in fighting climate change

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HAMBURG – Cross-boarder electricity interconnections are vital for Europe to achieve its climate and energy goals and integrate more renewables into energy markets but the lack of investments in renewables in some European states...

How will Central and Eastern Europe respond to a far more impactful (mobility) transition?

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The transition to low emission mobility is key to achieving Europe’s energy and climate objectives and easily the most difficult. Whereas decarbonisation of sectors like agriculture and buildings are relatively straightforward with established financial...

EIB loan to improve the energy efficiency in Spain

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing ILUNION with €35 million in financing with the objective of creating jobs for people with disabilities and investing in improving energy efficiency, the European Commission said on...

EU works with cities to accelerate disruptive clean technologies’ deployment

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European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič highlighted a series of decisive, tailor-made steps taken in support of Europe's coal and carbon-intensive regions as well as the work carried out with cities to...

Understanding the scope of the EU-China Environmental Partnership

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Arvea Marieni is a Strategy and Innovation consultant who belongs to a small pool of Europeans that have lived, worked, and studied in China. As a consultant, the Italian-born Marieni specialises in “green tech” and...

EU approves aid to German efficient cogeneration plants in Munich, Herne

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The European Commission said on September 25 that the EC has approved, under EU State aid rules, German plans to support the modernisation of a highly efficient cogeneration plant located in Munich and the...

Despite tensions over trade, US is now Europe’s main supplier of soya beans

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Trade relations between the EU and US have been mired in bitter disputes over President Donald J. Trump's decision to slap sharp protectionist tariffs on key European exports - including steel and aluminium - which...

EU to discuss future of global wind energy in Hamburg

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HAMBURG - The European Union is seeing an increased role for wind energy as the bloc’s tries to lead efforts to tackle climate change and reduce emissions. Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete...

Cañete: EU clean energy transition must remain beneficial for consumers

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The clean energy transition is a must, European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete told the 10th Citizens' Energy Forum in Dublin on September 20, noting that two thirds of carbon dioxide...

Germany launches world’s first-ever hydrogen powered trains

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Germany launched the world's first hydrogen train on Monday, September 17. With the departure of an Alstom-made train from Bremervörde from Lower Saxony on September 17, Germany launched the world's first-ever hydrogen-powered passenger trains linking...

EU Commission President backs target cuts for CO2 emissions by 2030

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The European Union has proved its global responsibility by “relentlessly defending the Paris Agreement on climate change,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in his state of the union speech at the European Parliament...

Juncker details vision for Europe in last State of the Union speech

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Speaking before the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the last time before his term expires in May 2019, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on the bloc's MEPs to no longer take their international alliances...

Global Covenant of Mayors agree emissions cuts equal to removing all US cars off...

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Leading up to the Global Climate Action Summit, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) on September 10 announced that the collective impact of current commitments made by cities and local...

EU hails California legislation to boost clean energy transition

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Arnold Schwarzenegger may no longer be the governor of California, but the US' most populous state is still spearheading efforts against climate change. On the heels climate concerns boosted by extreme summer temperatures and catastrophic...

84% of Europeans want to remain on permanent ‘summer time’

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The European Commission has published the preliminary results of a public consultation on the issue of observing daylight saving time in Europe which showed that a substantial 84% of respondents are in favour of putting...

New EU lightbulb rules save households energy and reduce CO2 emissions

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As of September 1 energy intensive and inefficient halogen lightbulbs will no longer be sold across the EU, the European Commission said on August 31. As a result of these rules, European consumers will be...

EU’s Vella pushes for more international oversight of ocean governance

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While attending the 23rd North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference in the Faroe Islands, the European Union's Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs, and Fisheries Karmenu Vella opened the gathering by welcoming progress made under the EU’s agenda on...

Making Migration Safe for Climate Nexus

Humanity is on the move. We are living in an era of unprecedented mobility of ideas, money, and, increasingly, people. The sheer size of the human population, combined with how we consume resources, is profoundly...

Hard Lessons from Genoa

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Is our infrastructure safe? In the aftermath of the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, this is the question on everybody’s mind. Of course, we could argue that disasters like this are one-offs,...

How Europe Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Power

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US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker may have averted a trade war last month, but the challenges confronting the European Union are far from resolved. In today’s increasingly Hobbesian global environment, the...

EIB finances electricity link between Norway and Germany

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In order to support the construction of an electricity interconnector between Norway and Germany, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €100 million financing agreement with TenneT, a leading European electricity transmission system...

The Trump Administration’s Dead End on Trade

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There is every reason to believe that the United States’ trade dispute with China will get worse before it gets better and that the US trade deficit will widen further rather than shrinking. In...

EU Commission authorises five GMOs for food and feed

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The European Commission has authorised five genetically modified crops to be used for food and feed, including four types of maize and a variety of sugar beet, the latter of which was developed by...

We Are All Climate Refugees Now

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Modern humans, born into one climate era, called the Holocene, have crossed the border into another, the Anthropocene. But instead of a Moses guiding humanity in this new and dangerous wilderness, a gang of...

EU backs Croatian energy modernisation

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €130 million loan agreement, alongside the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), to support Croatia's energy company Hrvatska Elektroprivreda make its systems more modern, efficient...

Aided by Russia, North Korea evades UN sanctions and cheats vessels supplying petroleum

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China and Russia on July 19 delayed a US bid to the 15-member United Nations Security Council to halt refined petroleum exports to North Korea, asking for more detail on a US accusation that...

EU renews financial support for windfarms in Greece

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €24 million financing agreement with the Greek Terna Energy Group to help fund the development, construction and operation of two windfarms on Mount Vermio in northern...

Eager to avoid a trade war, EU-China deepen strategic ties

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As Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald J Trump met in Helsinki with the latter noting that China would be also on the agenda, the European Union and China held their 20th...

MEPs call for EU budget to do more for the climate

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Next year’s EU budget should include fighting climate change, MEPs said in a resolution voted on July 5. The resolution, which sets out principles for MEPs to follow in 2019 budget negotiations with the Council,...