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OpinionEU’s 2030 climate plans based on flawed analysis

09.04.14 @ 18:24

Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nation's Secretary General, was in Brussels last week to champion the urgency of action on climate change. I enjoyed his stories about dealing with frostbite on a trip to the Greenland icecap, ...

Green groups unhappy with EU climate proposals

01.04.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission’s latest climate proposals fall short of the mark say pro-green groups, following a UN report published on Monday (31 March) which warned of irreversible consequences of a warming planet. The ...

EU commissioner clashes with Germany on energy subsidies

18.02.14 @ 09:29

Germany is on collision course with the European Commission over subsidies to energy-intensive industries which Brussels says run counter to EU goals on promoting greener sources by 2020. In a rare move, competition ...

NSA said to have spied on leaders at Danish climate summit

30.01.14 @ 09:28

The US intelligence agency is said to have spied on leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate change summit in an effort to gain strategic advantage on the decision-making process. A top secret National Security Agency ( ...

ReviewOn blustering and finger-wagging

24.01.14 @ 09:14

It has all the feeling of one of those long-running musicals. The audience is dwindling, the actors are jaded, but the show must go on. Yet another ‘corruption-remains’ report on Bulgaria and Romania was published this ...

OpinionEU climate policy - too early to celebrate

23.01.14 @ 09:07

There is no doubt that the European Commission’s decision to propose adopting a binding 40 percent greenhouse gas emission reduction by 2030 relative to 1990 is a victory for the greener side of EU politics. Chapeau! ...

EU ditches plan to regulate on shale gas

22.01.14 @ 17:35

The European Commission has backed away from tabling new laws to regulate shale gas extraction, choosing to leave national governments in charge on the controversial practice. Instead, the EU executive proposed a set of ...

Warsaw climate talks end in new timetable

25.11.13 @ 09:22

Climate delegates from around 200 governments in Warsaw pieced together a last minute deal on a timetable to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement, reached in the early hours of Sunday (24 November), gives nations ...

NGOs walk out of climate talks in Warsaw

22.11.13 @ 09:25

Over a dozen leading pro-environment NGOs walked out of the United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw on Thursday (21 November) saying that a handful of countries, led by Poland, are threatening to derail a future ...

AgendaTrade and finance dominate Brussels this WEEK

09.11.13 @ 12:53

Trade and finance will dominate life in the Brussels bubble this week, with officials resuming the second round of talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the US on Monday (11 November). The ...

Crisis knocking EU 2020 goals off track

29.10.13 @ 18:35

The economic crisis has knocked the EU's longterm strategic targets off track with planned poverty-reduction and employment goals unlikely to be met by 2020. "Without adequate policy measures to rapidly reverse this ...

Storm batters northern Europe, leaves over a dozen dead

29.10.13 @ 09:23

A powerful storm that swept across the United Kingdom and into northern Europe left over a dozen dead, thousands without power, and many stranded at airports. Named St Jude, the storm landed in the UK over the weekend ...

OpinionThe real agenda behind cutting red tape

29.10.13 @ 09:00

One of the worrying issues that emerged from last week’s European Council in Brussels is the ‘cut red tape’ initiative promoted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The proposal, which was welcomed by other EU leaders, ...

Merkel under fire over BMW donation

16.10.13 @ 09:30

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday (15 October) came under fire over a €690,000 donation from the family behind BMW at a time when her government blocked an EU cap on CO2 emissions for cars. The Bavarian ...

Germany gets its way on EU car emissions

15.10.13 @ 09:22

EU environment ministers on Monday (14 October) caved in to German pressure and agreed to reopen a deal that had been reached in June on a cap for CO2 emissions for new cars. The deal would have limited all new cars' ...

UN scientists in overwhelming 'wake up' call on global warming

27.09.13 @ 23:01

Leading scientists backed by 110 governments say the dumping of greenhouse gas emissions through human activity is directly linked to climate change. “It is extremely likely that changes in our climate system for the ...

FocusMEPs agree cap on crop-based biofuels

11.09.13 @ 16:48

The European Parliament Wednesday (11 September) voted to cap the amount of crop-based biofuels that can be used to reach EU energy targets, but the changes have been criticized for being too limited and not solving the ...

OpinionObama climate speech: More hot air?

28.06.13 @ 08:43

“The best address on climate by any president ever” is said to be Al Gore’s reaction to President Obama’s climate speech. I agree. It is a masterpiece in communication. However, if one tries evaluate what good for the ...

FocusLocal politicians urged to pick up the slack on climate policy

25.06.13 @ 08:49

Film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashed lashings of can-do attitude on a group of European mayors in Brussels on Monday (24 June), saying it is up to local politicians to tackle climate ...

AgendaYouth unemployment tops EU agenda this WEEK

21.06.13 @ 18:15

EU leaders will gather in Brussels at the end of the week to discuss both youth employment as well as further steps towards banking union. With 26 million people without a job in the EU, and unemployment among young ...

China beats EU to Arctic Council membership

16.05.13 @ 09:29

The Arctic Council at its biannual meeting on Wednesday (15 May) in Sweden allowed in six new observer states, but deferred the EU's application until a later date. China, along with India, Italy, Japan, South Korea and ...

OpinionEU's flagship climate policy is sinking fast

16.04.13 @ 16:57

The Emissions Trading System (ETS) is the EU’s flagship climate policy and it is sinking fast. The stated aim is to put a price on carbon, providing a financial incentive for companies to cut their pollution and, ...

MEPs reject move to fix flagship climate policy

16.04.13 @ 16:42

The European Parliament on Tuesday (16 April) voted against a proposal to revive one of its flagship climate policies, a move green groups called a "historic failure." The vote concerned a tweak to the Emissions Trading ...

OpinionCommission in do-nothing mode on climate change policy

05.04.13 @ 12:01

“Commission moves forward on climate and energy towards 2030” reads the headline of the press release accompanying a recent ‘green paper’ on the same issue. Regrettably, the headline is more ambitious than the text of ...

Economic crisis helping EU to fight global warming

03.04.13 @ 09:44

Carbon emissions in the EU fell by 1.4 percent in 2012, raising hope the bloc will hit its targets on global warming gasses. The European Commission released the figures on Tuesday (2 April), with data from 89 percent ...

Greenlanders go to the polls as interest rises in the Arctic island

11.03.13 @ 14:43

Greenlanders go to the polls on Tuesday (12 March) in a vote that will attract an inordinate amount of outside interest for a semi-autonomous territory of just 57,000 people. The interest is largely due to climate ...

EU carbon market boosts emissions, NGOs say

18.02.13 @ 09:29

Around 75 pro-green NGOs are jointly calling for the EU to scrap its carbon emission-trading scheme (ETS) ahead of a European Parliament vote to reform it. Set up in 2003, ETS is central to the EU’s carbon reduction ...

Poland obstructed EU climate ambitions at Doha, activists say

10.12.12 @ 09:24

Climate activists say Europe failed to deliver at the UN’s Doha conference on climate change. “This time Europe – usually seen as a leader on climate change - comes away with dirty hands,” Kumi Naidoo, executive ...

EU to 'stop the clock' on airline carbon tax

13.11.12 @ 09:31

The European Commission is proposing to suspend the enforcement of its controversial aviation tax for one year in a bid to allow dissenting non-EU countries to formulate an alternative global solution. "If this exercise ...

EU to cap biofuel target to protect food

17.10.12 @ 22:23

The EU intends to cap the contribution made by crop-based biofuels to its renewable energy target under draft legislation tabled on Wednesday (17 October) by the European Commission. The use of food-based biofuels will ...

EU in talks on more international emission deals

29.08.12 @ 19:00

The EU is pressing ahead with talks on further bi-lateral carbon emissions agreements with a deal with Australia just announced. Isaac Valero-Ladron, spokesperson for EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, ...

US seeks to block EU aviation carbon tax

01.08.12 @ 09:25

The US congress is preparing to vote in a new law that would make it illegal for US carriers to pay into the EU's carbon aviation tax scheme. A senate committee gave the measure, already approved by the House of ...

Brussels moves to tackle slumped carbon market

25.07.12 @ 15:51

The European Commission on Wednesday (25 July) announced short-term plans to bolster the carbon Emissions Trading Scheme, its flagship environment project undermined by rock bottom carbon prices. The scheme, which ...

OpinionParliament: do not let Poland hijack green agenda

01.06.12 @ 17:17

Warsaw's latest battle against efforts to 'green' Europe's economy is being played out in the European Parliament's regional affairs committee. Polish-designed technical texts could kill the environment-friendly ...

Cyprus gets set to referee EU budget talks

25.04.12 @ 17:58

The incoming Cypriot presidency is getting ready to tackle the biggest and ugliest dossier in the EU - the money - amid problems in its own backyard. "It's the big bang in the EU because everything gets put on the table ...

Nobel laureates back EU tax on airline emissions

15.03.12 @ 09:24

Five American Nobel-winning economists and 21 other US academics and businessmen have urged President Barack Obama to support the EU's hated CO2 tax on airlines. The group-of-26 in an open letter to Obama dated 14 March ...

Tar sands go political as key vote ends in deadlock

23.02.12 @ 17:38

EU member states have failed to name tar sands a high polluting energy source following intense lobbying by oil companies and Canada but green groups and the European Commission hope the politicisation of the discussion ...

FocusGermany to cut solar energy subsidies

23.02.12 @ 09:29

Germany's solar power industry could cool as Berlin plans to cut subsidies in a sector whose energy capacity output has more than doubled the government’s projected target. German authorities want to slash up to 30 ...

EU faces multiple trade wars defending green policies

21.02.12 @ 09:46

EU measures to cut CO2 emissions and improve the climate have sparked outrage in the global aviation industry and most recently in Canada, home to the world’s second largest fossil fuel reserves. The Guardian newspaper ...

OpinionGazprom: A wolf in green clothing

08.02.12 @ 09:20

People like me love conspiracy theories. This is especially true with ones involving Russia. But since the end of last year, it seems that at least one of these theories is coming true. On 29 November 2011, the Gazprom ...

OpinionEurope at an energy crossroads

07.02.12 @ 19:33

The invention of the steam pipe, spinning Jenny and other technologies dramatically increased production speeds and revolutionised European society in the 1800s. We need to stoke the boilers again, but this time we need ...

China confronts EU on aviation tax

06.02.12 @ 09:28

China has banned its airlines from taking part in Europe's Emissions Trading System (ETS), which forces all airlines flying in and out of Europe from 1 January this year to buy pollution permits. On Monday (6 February) ...

EU funds spent on 'environmentally harmful' projects

02.02.12 @ 18:29

Waste incinerators instead of recycling, highways running through nature parks, airports in protected areas - 33 projects in central and eastern Europe funded with €16 billion out of the EU's regional policy coffers are ...

FocusChina joins legal battle against EU aviation tax

21.12.11 @ 09:23

Four Chinese airlines are to legally challenge Europe's new carbon emission taxes, which are due to take effect from 1 January. The four carriers - Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan ...

OpinionThe press aren't doing their homework on 'costly' renewables

15.12.11 @ 17:42

The European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050 has been hotly anticipated for months. Within minutes of its finally being published today, press releases and news alerts were flying around. What a shame that some ...

EU claims climate victory but global warming goes on

12.12.11 @ 13:08

Following agreement on a new global climate deal in the early hours of Sunday morning (11 December), the EU was quick to congratulate itself on brokering a "historic breakthrough", but environmental groups and ...

EU looks to 2020 for new pact on global warming

28.11.11 @ 19:48

The stakes are high but expectations are low in Durban, South Africa, where talks began on Monday (28 November) on how to save the planet from the effects of rising temperatures. The meeting, the 17th of its kind since ...

Developing world out of date on climate change, EU says

24.11.11 @ 17:46

The EU has said it will sign up to extending the international treaty on climate change but has little hope that the US and China will follow suit. In a speech laying out the EU's position ahead of international talks ...

AgendaThis WEEK in the European Union

07.10.11 @ 18:02

The dynamic duo at the heart of European power, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, are to meet once again on Sunday in Berlin and thrash out their substantial differences over how to respond to the ...

EU court backs airline emissions cap

07.10.11 @ 09:25

An EU plan to cap airplane emissions from January is legal, the advocate general of the European Court of Justice said on Thursday (6 October) in response to a complaint from US airlines. The industry expressed its ' ...