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Commission throws in the towel over Energy Charter Treaty reform

The European Commission appears finally to have given up its battle to persuade EU governments to accept reforms to a controversial post-Cold War treaty that has seen corporations sue national... Read more

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Commission consults on revised waste responsibility rules

The European Commission has published revisions to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive to comply with a European Court of Justice decision to strike down parts of the law relating to waste photovoltaic panels.

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New sustainable finance platform launched

The European Commission has published the details of its revamped platform on sustainable finance, which it says will focus on improving the ‘usability’ of the EU green taxonomy.

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Industry split on EU plans to ease green subsidy rules

As EU leaders prepare for talks in Brussels on the Green Deal Industrial Plan, industry group BusinessEurope has warned that any lengthy loosening of state aid rules risks market distortions, while renewable and climate-focused sectors call for sustained exemptions.

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MEPs push to make ecocide a crime, but clear political divisions remain

A fourth European Parliament committee has recommended ecocide be made a serious criminal offence under EU law, increasing pressure ahead of a key vote on a proposed new directive on protecting the environment through criminal law.


PFAS ban proposal: 9 things you need to know

Five European agencies have proposed a sweeping ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances they say would slash EU emissions. Here’s what you need to know.

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The EU member states that recorded the largest shares of tax revenue from green levies

Environmental tax revenue in the EU in 2021 returned to the level recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to figures published by EU statistics body Eurostat.

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Interview: Ciarán Cuffe on ‘misinformation’ around the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Parliament’s rapporteur for the controversial ‘Fit for 55’ file speaks to ENDS Europe about the need to defend EU energy efficiency goals for the built environment.


Case study: How an EU-funded project used biodiversity to support drought-prone vineyards

An EU-funded project aimed to demonstrate that it is possible to improve the resilience of vineyard ecosystems to climatic changes by establishing natural vegetation and increasing biodiversity.


Interview: Energy storage lobby chief on securing the green transition

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.


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

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

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.

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Briefing: How US green subsidies are shaking European climate policies

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?


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

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?

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

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.


Interview: Chemours advanced materials head on green hydrogen ambitions

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.


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