Politics & Law

LEAK: Sweden seeks hard line on biomass in RED talks

A stack of wood in the Rodopi mountain range, Greece, March 2020. Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Swedish diplomats have suggested that member states do not alter their negotiating position on biomass in the revised Renewable Energy Directive, prompting anger from campaigners.

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Energy

Major fall in fossil fuel generation expected in 2023 – study

Fossil fuel electricity generation is estimated to fall by 20% in 2023, double the previous record from 2020, following an historic increase in wind and solar power in 2022, according to energy think tank Ember.

Energy

EU executive failed to anticipate electricity market failings, auditors say

The EU’s watchdog has urged the European Commission to conduct a thorough impact assessment before revising electricity market rules, while highlighting failings that have enabled market manipulation and slowed the roll-out of renewables.

Products

Commission mulls wide-ranging ecodesign programme

Ecodesign requirements could be drawn up for a swathe of additional consumer and industrial products, according to a new consultation, but critics have questioned why cement is missing.

Politics & Law

Battlelines drawn as Commission finalises green industry plan

A leaked draft of the European Commission’s ‘green deal industrial plan’ indicates officials plan a four-pronged approach to promote net-zero investment, as stakeholders set out conflicting demands on regulation and subsidies.

Chemicals

Chemicals lobby hails EU climate roadmap as step in right direction

Director general of the European Chemical Industries Council, Marco Mensink, has said a new ‘transition pathway’ for the sector provides much-needed “clarity”, but has warned that EU-based companies face huge challenges to stay competitive in a low-carbon economy.

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Energy

Interview: Energy storage lobby chief on securing the green transition

Clerens: “We’re seeing that companies are considering or even starting to leave Europe in order to set up shop in the US.” Photo: EASE

Patrick Clerens, secretary general of the European Association for Storage of Energy, discusses the EU’s response to US green subsidies, critical raw materials, and how the sector can help drive fossil fuels off the grid.

Climate

Blog: Why the green deal ‘will not fly’ without Copernicus investment

Wildfires in Turkey seen from the Copernicus constellation, July 2021. Photo: Gallo Images/Orbital Horizon/Copernicus Sentinel Data 2021

With security worries taking centre stage at the EU space conference, Copernicus stakeholders shared concern that the satellite system will be left in the lurch, despite its role in monitoring climate action. Could the private sector fill the gaps?

Markets & Corporate

Interview: Head of fertiliser giant on meeting EU green goals

Holstether: “I think it is, from an industrial mindset, really troubling that we’re not moving faster in Europe when it comes to renewable energy.” Photo: Yara

Svein Tore Holstether, chief executive of Norwegian fertiliser company Yara, speaks to ENDS Europe about the outlook for the sector amid the war in Ukraine and the EU’s green farming transition.

Politics & Law

Briefing: How US green subsidies are shaking European climate policies

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen unveils plans for an EU clean investment initiative at the WEF meeting in Davos this week. Photo: Dati Bendo / EC

The European Commission is preparing new legislation to bolster investor confidence in the EU green economy following the US Inflation Reduction Act. But will it be enough?

Climate

Analysis: As Europe experiences record temperatures, are lawmakers feeling the heat?

Drought in France, summer 2022

After a roasting summer, a warm winter. Europe is warming faster than the rest of the world, scientists at Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation programme, warned this week. Is the growing damage from climate disruption spurring lawmakers to do more?

Chemicals

Interview: Chemours advanced materials head on green hydrogen ambitions

Dignam: “Europe is definitely a big player, and a big driver and leader when it comes to green hydrogen.” Photo: Chemours

Denise Dignam, president of advanced performance materials at US chemicals giant Chemours, on the company’s decision to invest in green hydrogen technology in France, and the possible EU restriction on PFAS.

Politics & Law

‘We're writing history’: MEP Mohammed Chahim on CBAM and ETS reform

Mohammed Chahim

The European Parliament's rapporteur on the recently approved carbon border adjustment mechanism talks to ENDS Europe about the groundbreaking deal and upcoming 'jumbo trilogue' on the broader reform of the EU emissions trading system.

Chemicals

Case study: How an EU-funded project sought to cut the use of hazardous chemicals in the Baltics

Case study chemicals image

An EU-funded project looked to engage with businesses in the Baltic states to improve REACH compliance and help them substitute the use of potentially dangerous chemicals with less harmful alternatives.

Climate

Interview: What Copernicus Earth monitoring reveals about Europe’s climate future

Dr Jean-Noël Thépaut

A fleet of satellites monitor the planet’s climate as part of the Copernicus programme. Dr Jean-Noël Thépaut, director of Copernicus Services at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, discusses their alarming findings.

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