Commission consults on chemicals clamp-down in food packaging

An overflowing rubbish bin in Berlin, Germany, November 2020. The Commission is considering tightening rules on hazardous chemicals in food packaging. Photo: DAVID GANNON/AFP via Getty Images

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how to cut the health and environmental impact of hazardous chemicals in materials intended to come into contact with food.

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Commission unlocks €1bn for German green steel project

German steel giant Salzgitter has welcomed a decision by the European Commission to approve €1bn in state aid for the first stage of plans to switch to hydrogen steelmaking.

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Parliament calls for bolder action on illegal wildlife trade

The EU should push to end the illegal trade of animals and plants by 2025 and bolster its own laws to clamp down on the practice, MEPs have said.


Commission accused of bowing to industry pressure over Spain’s packaging law

The European Commission has bowed to concerted industry pressure and is seeking to water down the most ambitious elements of Spain’s draft packaging rules which were scheduled to come into force this month, green groups have said.


Fit for 55: Transport MEPs agree stance on charging infrastructure, shipping

The European Parliament’s transport committee has adopted draft reports on accelerating the roll-out of charging infrastructure for clean vehicles and decarbonising the maritime sector.


MEPs urge wealthy countries meet their commitments ahead of COP27

The European Parliament’s environment committee says Europe and other wealthy nations should make concrete commitments to increase their CO2 reduction targets and put more money on the table to help developing countries make the clean energy transition and tackle the effects of rising heat, ahead of the UN climate summit next month.

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Interview: How industry groups are hindering (and helping) Europe’s climate goals

A man walks past the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, July 2022. The EU executive is one of the more transparent institutions when it comes to recording meetings with lobby groups. Photo: Danil Shamkin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Rebecca Vaughan and William Aitchison, researchers at think tank InfluenceMap, speak to ENDS Europe about how Brussels-based lobby groups are engaging with EU green policy.


Policy briefing: Why the EU could make history in protecting environmental defenders

Protesters in Lima, Peru, demand the signing of the Escazu Agreement to protect environmental defenders in the country. Photo: Carlos Garcia Granthon/Fotoholica Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

As violence against environmental defenders continues unabated across the world, the EU has come under growing pressure to act. Two draft laws could have a major impact, campaigners say.


Blog: Is solar energy from space more than just a pipe dream?

The Ariane 5 blasts off from the ground at the French Guiana European Spaceport of Kourou

Large installations of solar panels in space could provide an “important fraction of the electricity needs of Europe by 2050”, say studies commissioned by the European Space Agency. Not everyone is convinced.

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This week in plenary: 7 green votes you need to know about

MEPs voting during a plenary session this week. Photo: Geneviève Engel / EP

MEPs in Strasbourg this week finalised their positions on revising two key files in the Fit for 55 package and anti-deforestation legislation. Here’s what you need to know.

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Tracker: How did MEPs vote on each Fit for 55 file?

MEPs vote during July's plenary, the last before the summer break. Photo: Mathieu Cugnot / EP

Updated 15 Sep See how each MEP voted for the Fit for 55 files that have so far made it through the European Parliament plenary.

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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.

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Map: How clean are the EU's bathing waters?

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