Energy

Fit for 55: Energy ministers concerned by renewables and energy efficiency goals

Fit for 55: Energy ministers concerned by renewables and energy efficiency goals

A large number of EU member states have expressed misgivings about the European Commission’s plans to boost the bloc’s energy efficiency and renewable energy goals for 2030.

Politics & Law

In-depth: What to expect in the second ‘Fit for 55’ package

In-depth: What to expect in the second ‘Fit for 55’ package

The European Commission is due to unveil on 14 December policy proposals that could have a decisive impact on the pace and direction of Europe’s energy transition, and the future of the natural gas industry in particular.

Land

EU environmental standards for mining need urgent improvement, MEPs told

Green rules for mining in the EU have areas of “worrying oversight”, MEPs heard during a joint committee session on Thursday that discussed 33 open petitions on mining projects across member states.

Politics & Law

News in brief: Portugal creates Europe’s largest fully protected marine reserve

Europe’s largest marine reserve, EU emissions heading back to pre-covid levels… some of the news stories you may have missed this week.

Transport

EU ‘paradoxically weak’ on emissions cuts for global shipping

MEPs have criticised EU member states’ “bizarre” move to reject a resolution for zero maritime emissions by 2050 at a meeting of the International Maritime Organization.

Politics & Law

Commission takes Romania, Germany and Spain to court for environmental breaches

Romania, Germany and Spain have been referred to the EU’s top court over poor air quality, inadequate nature protection and nitrates pollution respectively, the European Commission has announced in its latest infringement package.

Politics & Law

EU agrees to end fossil fuel subsidies, but sets no deadline

The EU is set to move towards a ‘wellbeing economy’ model and phase out support for fossil fuels, after MEPs and government negotiators closed a year of negotiations over the bloc’s 8th Environmental Action Programme.

European Green Deal

Latest news, analysis and insights on the flagship plan to decarbonise Europe by 2050

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COVID-19

Get the latest on the implications of the coronavirus outbreak for environmental policymaking across the EU

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Keep up-to-date with essential information on environment-related infringement proceedings

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Inside Brussels

Energy

Interview: How ETS reforms could drive the heat pump revolution

Interview: How ETS reforms could drive the heat pump revolution

Thomas Nowak, the secretary general of the European Heat Pump Association, tells ENDS Europe why extending the EU emissions trading system to buildings could spur on the electrification of heating.

Politics & Law

Interview: Environment director general on what’s next in the European Green Deal

Florika Fink-Hooijer, the European Commission’s director general for environment, on what we can expect in ‘game-changing’ new proposals to address deforestation, waste exports and biodiversity loss.

Climate

Interview: CAN Europe’s new director on the EU at COP and Fit for 55

Chiara Martinelli, the new director of Climate Action Network Europe, discusses why the UN climate conference has been a frustrating affair for green groups, the role of the EU at the talks, and what the key battles will be in its ‘Fit for 55’ package.

Land

Interview: Swedish forestry head defends sector’s role in green transition

Viveka Beckeman, director general of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation, talks to ENDS Europe about the potential for Swedish wood to fuel Europe’s transition to carbon neutrality and the industry’s impact on biodiversity.

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Land

Policy briefing: EU forest protection

Policy briefing: EU forest protection

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

The ENDS Europe Infringements Dashboard

UPDATED: Details of the latest set of infringement proceedings have been added to the ENDS Europe Infringements Dashboard, an interactive online tool to help you keep up to date with essential information on environmental infringement decisions.

Water

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

Climate

Bar chart race: Europe's largest CO2 emitters

Click through to view an animated chart showing how European nations have contributed to climate change since 1750

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