Andrej Vizjak, Slovenia’s minister for environment and spatial planning, speaks to ENDS about his government’s green agenda as it prepares to take over the rotating presidency of the EU Council.
A leaked draft of the European Commission’s upcoming Forest Strategy promises to ‘minimise’ the use of wood for energy purposes. Official publication is slated for 20 July, six days after the massive ‘fit for 55’ package of climate and energy proposals. Here’s what you need to know.
The EU’s environmental footprint beyond its borders was brought into the spotlight this week as a group of NGOs showed how wood harvested from old-growth forests in the Ukrainian Carpathians reaches the EU through legal channels.
The Mediterranean and parts of central Europe are set to experience intense summer heat waves, but the European Commission plans to deploy fewer firefighting planes this year than in 2020.
The European Court of Auditors has called for wetland restoration and a reduction in meat consumption as its latest study shows €100bn in EU farming support ostensibly linked to climate action produced no fall in greenhouse gas emissions between 2014 and 2020.
Car manufacturers and national government officials signalled growing consensus, at a media briefing on Monday, on the need for stricter CO2 standards for cars – but there are stark divisions over a potential end date for the sale of the internal combustion engine.
News in brief: First covid recovery plans approved, air quality view launched, call for ban on fossil fuel adverts
In other news this week: The European Commission has kicked off the process of approving member states’ recovery and resilience plans, the EEA launches an air quality viewer for European cities and efforts to force a ban on fossil fuel adverts take a step forward.
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With US president Joe Biden set to come to Brussels next week, campaigners are hoping for more than just warm words on climate action, as the head of the UN warns we are nearing the point of no return.
Anne-Sofie Bäckar, executive director of advocacy group ChemSec, talks to ENDS about “disturbing” discrepancies in EU chemicals data, tackling the PFAS threat, and what it will take to make good on the promises of the European Green Deal.
Ahead of World Environment Day, a rift has opened up over European Commission guidelines to member states on the marketing of single-use plastic items
Interview: How criminalising ecocide could make business leaders think twice about their environmental impact
The idea of treating ecocide as a crime is gathering momentum and corporate decision-makers have as much to fear as some political leaders, Jojo Mehta, director of the campaign group Stop Ecocide International, tells ENDS
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With MEPs and agriculture ministers coming under fire from green campaigners over their positions on a reformed Common Agriculture Policy. Here’s what is at stake for the environment.
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