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'Good momentum' on climate deal, says top US official

18.11.14 @ 11:51

The US’ top climate official has met his EU counterparts amid renewed optimism about a global climate deal following a recent US-China emissions agreement. Todd Stern, Washington’s special envoy for climate change, met ...

US and China agree climate deal

12.11.14 @ 09:20

The US and China on Wednesday (12 November) announced an unexpected climate deal in a move that may ease European industry fears that the EU's climate goals are risking its competitive edge. At a joint press conference ...

World must stop emitting greenhouse gases by 2100, report says

03.11.14 @ 09:29

If the world wants to keep the effects of global warming to a minimum, it needs to ensure that by the year 2100, there are almost no emissions of greenhouse gases like CO2, according to a major new report. In the past ...

AgendaJuncker commission starts this WEEK

31.10.14 @ 18:39

The new European Commission headed by president Jean-Claude Juncker kicks off for the first time this week while MEPs return to Brussels from their constituencies to discuss climate change and finance ministers gather ...

Spain and Netherlands among countries to buy way to green targets

29.10.14 @ 19:02

Up to nine EU countries may buy their way to achieving targets set under an international climate change treaty, with around €2.5 billion to be spent on purchasing emission-reduction credits from other countries. The ...

UN welcomes EU climate deal

24.10.14 @ 16:58

The UN on Friday (24 October) welcome the climate and energy deal agreed by EU leaders at a summit in Brussels. The agreement “provides valuable momentum towards the Paris 2015 global climate agreement” and “opens the ...

EU leaders reach 2030 deal on climate and energy

24.10.14 @ 03:59

EU leaders agreed a new climate and energy deal for the next decade and a half in Brussels at around 1am local time on Friday (24 October). The accord includes four targets for 2030: on reduction of greenhouse gas ...

EU leaders mull climate u-turn if international talks fail

23.10.14 @ 21:41

The climate and energy targets for 2030 which EU leaders are to finalise at a Brussels summit on Thursday (23 October) will not be set in stone, according to a leaked document. Depending on the international climate ...

EU leaders gear up for heated climate summit

23.10.14 @ 09:29

The EU's 28 leaders are meeting on Thursday (23 October) in Brussels for what are expected to be tough negotiations on climate targets. “The negotiations will not be simple and I can't say if there will be a deal”, ...

Open letters help frame debate on climate summit

22.10.14 @ 18:30

EU leaders have been receiving quite a number of letters this past month as an important climate summit approaches. Companies, trade associations and NGOs have sent at least a dozen open letters to government leaders ...

What are the EU climate talks about?

20.10.14 @ 09:28

The leaders of the European governments are meeting this week to discuss climate goals. What are the talks about? Imagine you are going out to dinner with 27 friends and you have agreed to collectively pay the bill. ...

AgendaEU summit at risk of Belgian police strike This WEEK

17.10.14 @ 20:04

Will they reach an agreement on time? When this question is asked with the coming week in Brussels in mind, it doesn't only refer to the climate and energy package which government leaders are discussing on Thursday and ...

Leaked papers show EU disagreement on climate goals

16.10.14 @ 22:41

A week before the start of a Brussels summit on climate goals, member states disagree on various points of the so-called climate and energy policy framework for 2030. During the summit, government leaders will try to ...

EU institutions don't follow own advice on climate

15.10.14 @ 19:16

The European Union has several policies which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and is asking citizens to help make that happen. Average citizens "can significantly reduce CO2 emissions by making smart choices”, a ...

Slovene commissioner criticised across the board

06.10.14 @ 19:19

From the first until the 45th and last question at a European Parliament hearing on Monday (6 October), Alenka Bratusek remained polite, thanking each member of parliament for their question. But towards the end of the ...

Dutch goals for renewable energy criticised as unrealistic

06.10.14 @ 09:28

The feasibility of a Dutch agreement on energy that had been heralded as “an important step towards a cleaner future”, has been thrown into question a year after it was signed. The 'Energy Agreement for Sustainable ...

Eastern countries oppose EU climate goals

02.10.14 @ 09:31

With only three weeks to go before the European Council is to make a final decision on new climate goals for 2030, six Central and Eastern European countries have declared their opposition to the proposed targets. In an ...

The new Polish government: What to expect?

02.10.14 @ 09:29

Poland's new prime minister, Ewa Kopacz, presented her government’s agenda on Wednesday (1 October) in a speech in front of the parliament that showed that on EU questions Warsaw is unlikely to look much different. ...

World leaders pledge to tackle climate change

24.09.14 @ 09:27

World leaders on Tuesday (23 September) pledged to step up efforts to fight climate change in the run-up to a global climate agreement in Paris at end of next year. Speaking at the UN Climate summit in New York, EU ...

Russia angst sees EU energy efficiency targets watered down

23.07.14 @ 17:26

The EU commission on Wednesday (23 July) tabled a plan to increase the bloc's overall energy efficiency, but had to water it down amid fears of Russian gas supplies being cut in the ongoing Ukraine crisis. Under the ...

OpinionMassive EU gas investment a mistake

27.06.14 @ 09:02

Friday's (27 June) gathering of EU ministers is the second time this month to discuss, among other things, Europe’s supply of natural gas. The crisis in Ukraine has been a wakeup call, exposing Brussels' weak position ...

EU to change resource-wasting economic model

28.04.14 @ 09:20

The European Commission is working on policy solutions it says are needed to better address the consequences of a rising population, excessive consumption, and dwindling resources. Speaking to reporters in Hannover in ...

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 ( ...

EUobservedOn 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 ...