Politics & Law

EU reaches agreement on emergency renewables deployment

Energy commissioner Kadri Simson speaks to reporters following Thursday's Energy Council. Photo: EU

Energy ministers have endorsed an emergency regulation designating the deployment of renewables as of ‘overriding public interest’, while backtracking on plans to limit expedited permitting to new... Read more

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Politics & Law

Agenda: The key policy discussions and events to look out for next week

The European Commission will propose on Wednesday a second legislative package on the circular economy. Meanwhile the European Parliament committees hold a marathon session examining progress on the ‘Fit for 55’ files.

Politics & Law

News in brief: Citizens’ anti-pesticide petition passes million signature threshold

In other news this week: Commission faces another call to ban pesticides, business lobby says waste policy reform “unnecessary”, haunting animation released ahead of COP15 biodiversity summit.

Waste

Ecodesign: Municipal waste group calls for blanket ban on premature obsolescence

The European Commission’s proposed Ecodesign Regulation does not go far enough to prevent manufacturers from destroying unsold goods, or from reducing products’ lifespan through premature obsolescence, a waste sector group has warned.

Products

Finalised ecodesign rules for phones disappoint ‘right to repair’ groups

Leaked rules setting out ecodesign requirements for phones and tablets do not guarantee cheap and easily available spare parts, while still allowing manufacturers to prevent independent repairers from fixing their products, campaigners have warned.

Waste

EU joins ‘high ambition’ group in talks on global plastics treaty

The European Commission announced on Thursday it had formally joined a coalition of countries pushing for a ‘high ambition’ global plastics treaty that would impose legal obligations on signatories.

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Politics & Law

Blog: Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

Gray wolves in the snow at a wildlife park in northern Norway, 2020. Photo: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

As wolves make a comeback across Europe, MEPs want to loosen legal protections they say are putting farmers’ livelihoods at risk. But not everyone is convinced.

Chemicals

Interview: Why the chemicals industry thinks Europe’s F-gas phase down is too much too soon

Campbell on the revised F-Gas Regulation: “The current issue… is the period from now through to 2030: what can be done in that period and what does the industry need to start and do that transition?”

Nick Campbell, head of European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee, discusses industry concerns with illegal imports, developing products with a lower climate impact, and the future of F-gases in Europe.

Politics & Law

Interview: HEAL founder on protecting the European Green Deal

Jensen: “I think there’s still a lot of support in the Commission for upholding the green deal.” Photo: HEAL

Génon Jensen, the founder and executive director of the Health and Environment Alliance, speaks to ENDS Europe about ramping up EU ambition on chemicals, air quality and climate change.

Climate

COP27: Panic, propaganda, parsimony, protest and… sewage – a week in Sharm El Sheik

Young protesters demanding climate reparations payment from rich to poor countries affected by loss and damage, in Sharm El Sheikh, 11 November. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ministers are set to arrive at the Egyptian beach resort next week to try and unblock talks on loss and damage, the most controversial part of this year’s climate summit, with rich and poor countries still far from a deal.

Chemicals

Analysis: Why REACH authorisations need a rethink

Workers are seen at a chrome ore mine in Elazig, Turkey on April 2019. Chromium-based compounds are among the most common to go through the EU authorisations process. Photo: Gent Shkullaku/AFP via Getty Images

When it comes to authorising hazardous chemicals for specific uses, green groups, industry, MEPs and the European Commission all agree that the EU system is in need of reform. But opinions differ on what should be done.

Markets & Corporate

Interview: ECB’s climate chief on greening the EU financial system

Heemskerk: “The tilting we’ve just announced is a big step in our climate action... a lot of [NGOs] didn’t expect us to go so far.” Photo: ECB

Irene Heemskerk, head of the European Central Bank’s climate change centre, speaks about what the bank can – and cannot – do to further the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Politics & Law

Analysis: Why member states’ eco-infringements are in the spotlight

Dead fish in the river Oder following a massive pollution event believed to have started in Olawa, southern Poland. Water quality rules are among those most commonly breached. Photo: Dominika Zarzycka/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The European Commission says its ‘strategic approach’ to enforcing EU climate, energy and environment rules is bearing fruit. But critics are worried by a chronic lack of funding. Is the infringements process fit for purpose?

Products

Interview: Textiles sustainability chief on how to green the oldest industry on the planet

Scalia: “The legislative pressure on the sector is unprecedented.” Photo: Euratex

Mauro Scalia, director of sustainability at Euratex, the group representing the textile industry in Brussels, discusses overconsumption, how to help consumers choose green garments and the need for more fibre recycling in the EU.

Climate

Mitigation, adaptation and… migration: the missing link in the climate debate

A once-flooded monastery resurfaces after drought strikes Spain, September 2022. Vince argues intolerable heat in the coming years could lead to mass migration from southern to northern Europe. Photo: Ahmet Abbasi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Europe must start considering how to provide a safe haven for people pushed out of their homes by an increasingly extreme climate, according to a recently published book.

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