Ministers voice concerns over plans to pay farmers for carbon sinks

French agriculture minister Julien Denormandie at a press conference following the Council session on Monday. Photo: European Union

The EU Council has broadly welcomed European Commission plans to reward farmers for locking away atmospheric CO2 in soil and woodland, but some warned that climate action and food production could... 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

Updated 18 January. Keep track of what the European Parliament's rapporteurs propose changing in the Fit for 55 package of climate and energy proposals.


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Graeme Sweeney: “I think that the social permit for coal-fired plants has been, in essence, withdrawn.”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


Climate impact of new EU buildings ‘much too high’ - report

New buildings in the EU are decarbonising too slowly according to a new study, putting the EU’s 2050 climate targets at “high risk”.


Auditors cast doubt on impact of EU energy efficiency funds

EU money invested in improving businesses’ energy efficiency may have gone to waste, the European Court of Auditors has said in a new report.

Politics & Law

ETS: Campaigners unimpressed with draft Parliament report

Proposed amendments to the overhaul of the EU emissions trading system by the European Parliament’s lead MEP have disappointed green groups, while shadow rapporteurs pledge to increase its ambition.


ECHA identifies four more chemicals as SVHCs

The European Chemicals Agency has added four more chemicals to its list of ‘substances of very high concern’ because of their likely impact on human health or the environment.


Ornithologists slam Commission for criticism of monitoring efforts

In the wake of an angry letter from scientists, the European Commission has defended its criticism of volunteer efforts to monitor bird populations on EU farmland – and warned more broadly of “serious gaps” in information about the impact of agriculture on biodiversity.

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Inside Brussels


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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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.


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


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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