Politics & Law

Fit for 55: Land-use and effort sharing regulations held up in drawn-out talks ...

French environment minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher during Tuesday's meeting, which saw member states disagree over key compromises in the Fit for 55 package. Photo: EU Council

A proposed compromise to reform the Effort Sharing and LULUCF Regulations appeared to have widespread backing from EU governments as environment ministers met on Tuesday, but disagreement over the... Read more

Politics & Law

‘Global emergency’: What to expect from the UN’s ocean conference

Sperm whale plays with plastic waste

In a bumper year for ocean governance events, the UN Ocean Conference will convene in Lisbon next week. ENDS Europe looks at the EU’s ambitions for the meeting, and whether it will uphold its “pioneer” role in global ocean policy

Energy

Is this the week the EU gave up on the ECT?

membersProtestors from Extinction Rebellion (XR) and WeMove Europe block the entrances to the ECT Secretariat building in Brussels today

As the debate over Energy Charter Treaty reform comes to a head this week, the European Parliament has drawn a clear line in the sand, with overwhelming support for a resolution adopted today suggesting that a half-hearted reform of the agreement that allows continued fossil fuel investment is unlikely to get past the assembly.

Water

Interview: Why water companies want the EU to make polluters pay

Oliver Loebel

Oliver Loebel, secretary general of the trade association EurEau, discusses the water sector’s carbon footprint, what it aims to do about water wasted through leakage, and the ‘urgent’ problems posed by ‘forever chemical’ PFAS

Politics & Law

Mixed response to Council deal on anti-deforestation rules

Environment ministers have agreed their position on a new law that aims to minimise the EU’s impact on global deforestation. Green groups have praised stronger wording on human rights standards, but criticised laxer due diligence rules.

Transport

MEPs seek faster uptake of low-carbon aviation fuel

Airlines should be running on at least 85% sustainable aviation fuels by mid century, the European Parliament’s transport committee has said in a draft negotiating position that calls for far higher blending mandates than those proposed by the European Commission.

Politics & Law

EU ‘global hub’ for wildlife crime, warns Europol

Wildlife trafficking, pollution from the production of illegal drugs and fraudulent green investment schemes are among the main environmental crimes Europe faces, according to EU law enforcement agency Europol.

Energy

Member states strike deal on energy efficiency, renewables goals

EU energy ministers have agreed their position for talks with MEPs on revising targets to cut the bloc’s energy consumption and boost its use of renewables.

Politics & Law

Lack of progress brings global biodiversity talks to ‘crisis point’

Just days after a proposed EU nature restoration law received a cautious welcome from environmental campaigners in Brussels, some of the same groups have warned world leaders that talks on a global agreement have stalled.

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Climate

Blog: How Europe’s cities are adapting to cope with heatwaves

A pharmacy sign showing 33℃ in Paris on June 15, 2022. Cities across the continent are seeing record heat. Photo: STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images

As much of the continent swelters under an early heatwave, city governments are mobilising to shelter citizens from its worst impacts. But is it enough?

Politics & Law

In-depth: Is Parliament losing patience with the Fit for 55 lobbying drive?

MEPs from across the political divide have spoken out against what they claim is an unprecedented barrage of lobbying as they vote on key climate legislation. Could it push Parliament to adopt tighter rules in future?

Climate

Interview: EU watchdog chief on keeping the European Green Deal on track

Klaus-Heiner Lehne, president of the European Court of Auditors on what lessons the EU must learn from past failures if it is to fulfil its Green Deal aspirations.

Water

Interview: Seas at Risk director on a crucial few months for marine protection

Monica Verbeek, executive director of campaign group Seas at Risk, tells ENDS Europe why the EU must boost its marine environment protections if it wants to make an impact in upcoming global negotiations.

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Land

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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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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