Commission moves forward with ecodesign rules for solar PV

Robotic arms work on the production line of solar panels at a factory in Hefei City China. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

The European Commission is considering setting rules on the repairability, recyclability, energy efficiency and carbon footprint of solar PV systems as part of its new ecodesign initiative.


EEA confirms double-digit drop in new car emissions

New cars sold in 2020 emitted on average 12% less CO2 than those sold the year before thanks to a surge in electric vehicles, the European Environment Agency has confirmed.

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REPowerEU: Czechia proposes limiting use of market stability reserve

The €20bn the European Commission hoped to tap from the market stability reserve (MSR) to help end reliance on Russian fossil fuels would be reduced to €4bn under a proposal from the Czech EU presidency.

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Agenda: The key policy discussions and events to look out for next week

Farming ministers will discuss the impacts of the Industrial Emission Directive on the sector, while energy ministers aim to agree on emergency measures to curb energy prices. Meanwhile, the Commission holds European Sustainable Energy Week.

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News in brief: EU ‘inframarginal’ power price cap under fire

In other news this week: Wind industry calls for tweaks to proposed power price cap, social media branded ‘new frontier’ in greenwashing, and Germany pledges billions more to global biodiversity.


Chemicals sector unveils product carbon footprint guidelines

A global industry platform has released the first tranche of guidance to help chemical companies adopt harmonised greenhouse gas emissions reporting across their supply chain.


Blog: Is solar energy from space more than just a pipe dream?

The Ariane 5 blasts off from the ground at the French Guiana European Spaceport of Kourou

Large installations of solar panels in space could provide an “important fraction of the electricity needs of Europe by 2050”, say studies commissioned by the European Space Agency. Not everyone is convinced.

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This week in plenary: 7 green votes you need to know about

MEPs voting during a plenary session this week. Photo: Geneviève Engel / EP

MEPs in Strasbourg this week finalised their positions on revising two key files in the Fit for 55 package and anti-deforestation legislation. Here’s what you need to know.

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In-depth: How war with Russia has complicated environmental protection in Ukraine

Ukraine is moving its environmental rulebook closer to the EU’s, but has also relaxed some of its laws to deal with the ongoing conflict. Is it striking the right balance?

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Tracker: How did MEPs vote on each Fit for 55 file?

MEPs vote during July's plenary, the last before the summer break. Photo: Mathieu Cugnot / EP

Updated 15 Sep See how each MEP voted for the Fit for 55 files that have so far made it through the European Parliament plenary.


Analysis: Tough talks ahead as world prepares for COP27

Green deal chief Frans Timmermans during the African Adaptation Summit in Rotterdam. Attendees were disappointed by the absence of most European leaders. Photo:  Marzia Cosenza / EC

As the next UN climate conference approaches, recent summits show it won’t be easy to make progress towards keeping global warming within the limits of the Paris Agreement.

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Policy briefing: EU forest protection

Wood chips at the IKEA's Novgorod furniture plant in Russia. Demand for woody biomass is set to grow within the EU for use in energy, construction and consumer products. Photo: Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images

ENDS looks at upcoming proposals from the European Commission to protect Europe’s forests, and what they could mean for the booming bioenergy sector.

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Map: How clean are the EU's bathing waters?

How clean is the water at your favourite swimming site? Click through to view an interactive map with details of the quality of the EU's 22,000 monitored bathing sites in 2019


Bar chart race: Europe's largest CO2 emitters

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