Politics & Law

Taxonomy: Germany confirms objection to nuclear and gas delegated act

German economy minister Robert Habeck visting the Leuna oil refinery, 16 May. The government has now said it opposes classing gas and nuclear as green investments. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The German government has issued an informal objection to a draft law by the European Commission that would class nuclear and gas power as green investments.

Energy

Leak: Commission mulls five-year ‘additionality’ transition for green hydrogen

Green deal chief Frans Timmermans is set to unveil the delegated act on renewable fuels of non-biological origin as part of the REPowerEU package next week. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

The European Commission plans to exempt green hydrogen producers from the need to secure dedicated new supplies of renewable electricity until 2027, as it prepares to unveil plans for a ‘hydrogen accelerator’ in its REPowerEU package next week.

Politics & Law

Interview: MEP Maria de Graça Carvalho on ending the EU’s reliance on Russian gas

Carvalho: “We will need a lot of hydrogen for certain industrial sectors. One way is to produce in Iberia and export to northern Europe.” Photo: Alain Rolland / EP

The EPP lawmaker talks to ENDS Europe about reviving the MidCat gas pipeline in light of the war in Ukraine, the role of hydrogen in the EU energy mix and why there is ‘room for improvement’ in the green taxonomy.

Politics & Law

How a single vote watered down Parliament’s position on CO2 cuts for cars

Renew Europe rapporteur Jan Huitema. Several of his key proposals were rejected in Wednesday's vote by the slimmest of margins. Photo: Alain Rolland / EP

MEPs on the environment committee narrowly voted on Wednesday to endorse a proposal that would prohibit the sale of internal combustion engine cars and vans from 2035. But several measures proposed by rapporteur Jan Huitema did not make the cut – in one case thanks to a single vote.

Land

Spanish parliament votes for more ambition in anti-deforestation regulation

The Spanish parliament last Wednesday approved a resolution urging the strengthening of proposals presented by the European Commission last November to regulate the impact on forests of commodities imported into and exported from the EU.

Chemicals

Broad PFAS restriction a task for next Commission, says Sinkevičius

Policy makers have expressed hopes that a group restriction on ‘forever chemicals’ – with a definition that includes F-gases – will reach the EU’s statute book by mid-decade.

Energy

NGOs warn against ‘LNG rush’ and hydrogen import plans

As the EU prepares its crisis energy plan, Europe risks wasting billions of euros on LNG terminals while plans to import green hydrogen across the Mediterranean would benefit neither the EU nor its north African suppliers, two reports warn.

Politics & Law

Fit for 55: What to look out for in next week’s ENVI votes

MEPs on the environment committee (ENVI) will vote on Monday and Tuesday next week on key Fit for 55 files that will form the basis of the European Parliament’s position in talks with member states. Here’s what you need to know.

Air

‘Wake-up call’: Top EU court condemns Italy and Bulgaria for air pollution breaches

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Italy and Bulgaria have breached EU air pollution rules and the two countries may now face penalties.

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Interview: IMCO chair Anna Cavazzini on the EU’s circular economy plans

Cavazzini: “As a parliamentarian, you’re also always a little bit of a campaigner.” Photo: Eric Vidal / EP

Anna Cavazzini, Green MEP and chair of the internal market committee, talks to ENDS about how the European Parliament will tackle the Sustainable Products Initiative.

Politics & Law

What French and Slovenian elections mean for EU environmental policies

France and Slovenia last Sunday held elections whose results are seen as pivotal for the future of the EU’s liberal values. But are they likely to change the dial when it comes to the European Green Deal?

Politics & Law

Interview: Why the ‘just transition’ is more than just a buzzword

Judith Kirton-Darling, deputy director of trade union umbrella group IndustriALL Europe, discusses what the ‘just transition’ means – and what it doesn’t – for workers in manufacturing, mining and energy.

Waste

Interview: What the Sustainable Products Initiative means for EU recyclers

Emmanuel Katrakis, secretary-general of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation, discusses sustainability by design, tackling packaging waste, and how recyclers can help usher in a circular economy.

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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

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