Energy

IEA warns of coal resurgence as economy rebounds

A shepherd with his sheep in front of the Maritsa East II, the largest thermal power plant in Bulgaria. Photo: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP via Getty Images

As the global economy recovered from Covid-19 lockdowns, coal power reached unprecedented levels in 2021, leading to an all-time high in the sector’s CO2 emissions, the International Energy Agency... Read more

Politics & Law

Tracker: Where does Parliament stand on the Fit for 55 files?

MEPs during a plenary session of the European Parliament, in Brussels, November 2020. Photo: Yves Herman / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

Keep track of what the European Parliament's rapporteurs propose changing in the Fit for 55 package of climate and energy proposals.

Energy

Interview: Can carbon capture and storage finally deliver?

Graeme Sweeney: “I think that the social permit for coal-fired plants has been, in essence, withdrawn.” Photo: The Chopping Company

Graeme Sweeney, chair of the Zero Emissions Platform, tells ENDS Europe that blue hydrogen is essential for the energy transition, and says the EU must support CO2 transport infrastructure if it is serious about decarbonising.

Politics & Law

What’s on the green agenda for 2022?

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen with French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday to mark France's EU Council presidency for the first half of 2022. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images

Brussels returns from the Christmas break to another packed year of environmental policy. ENDS Europe takes you through what you need to know.

Politics & Law

News in brief: Row over green taxonomy rolls on

In other news this week: Investors speak out against including gas in the EU’s green taxonomy, the 8th Environmental Action Programme gets a green light, and fossil fuel-free fertilisers on the horizon.

Energy

Coal phase-out: Poland and Bulgaria isolated as Slovenia announces 2033 deadline

The Slovenian government formally announced on Thursday that it plans to phase out coal power by 2033, in a move that ramps up pressure on EU coal hold-outs Poland and Bulgaria.

Transport

Proposal for car CO2 standards divides environment committee

MEPs have locked horns over “too ambitious” CO2 car performance targets standards for cars, with some fearing “dramatic job losses” in the auto sector and an increase to car lifespan that “would be counterproductive for the climate”.

Climate

Proposed carbon price for shipping weakened by ‘arbitrary loopholes’

Roughly half of the ships operating in Europe might avoid paying for their greenhouse gas emissions under a planned extension of the EU emissions trading system to the maritime sector, the campaign group Transport & Environment argues in a new report.

Markets & Corporate

ETS reform: Rapporteur proposes EfW inclusion, more carbon leakage protection

The lead MEP for reforming the emissions trading system has proposed including municipal energy-from-waste, a mechanism to protect against carbon leakage, and a temporary opt-out for road transport and heating.

European Green Deal

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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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Infringements dashboard

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Land

Interview: How the EU deforestation clamp-down should go further to protect the Amazon

Barreto: “The international policy on deforestation gives reason to hope.” Photo: Imazon

Paulo Barreto, co-founder of Brazilian rainforest research and campaign group Imazon, talks about the EU’s “crucial first step” to tackle deforestation in Brazil, and why it must put its money where its mouth is.

Markets & Corporate

Interview: EIB’s chief climate expert on the future of finance, fossil gas and the green taxonomy

ENDS Europe speaks to Nancy Saich, the chief climate expert at the European Investment Bank, about the rationale and technicalities of green investment, and her work on the EU Platform for Sustainable Finance.

Politics & Law

Inside Brussels: 10 of 2021’s top interviews

ENDS Europe’s Inside Brussels interview slot has this year featured some of the most influential figures in European environmental policymaking, including ministers, senior commission officials, lobbyists and MEPs. Here are some of the highlights.

Politics & Law

Interview: Why the Environmental Action Programme is about more than fossil fuel subsidies

Green MEP Grace O'Sullivan, rapporteur for the eighth EU Environmental Action Programme, on moving beyond GDP to a wellbeing economy, why young people should get into politics to avert environmental catastrophe, and the trouble with trilogues.

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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.

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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