Post-covid recovery drives rebound in EU emissions

Niederaussem coal-fired power plant, near Cologne, August 2022. EU emissions have almost returned to pre-covid levels as the economy recovers. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The EU recorded a 7% increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2020, according to the latest estimates from Eurostat.

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Romania’s €149m green hydrogen plan praised as step forward

The European Commission has approved €149m in state aid for a Romanian scheme to support the production of renewable hydrogen, but an expert has warned the country has a “long way to go” to develop the sector.

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Commission review of EU recovery funds ‘misleading’, campaigners claim

A railway bridge under construction in Krakow-Kazimierz, Poland, May 2022. EU covid recovery funding will support modernising 478km of railway lines in the country. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The European Commission has said member states have spent 40% of the EU’s covid recovery funds on climate action, but analysts and green groups are sceptical.

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Recovery fund: EU countries spending more than required on climate

EU countries are planning to invest more money from the EU covid recovery fund in green projects than anticipated, according to the European Commission.


Aviation sector divided over EU rules on ‘ghost flights’

A plane goes through a water cannon before take off at Munich's Franz-Josef-Strauss international airport. Airlines believe EU rules are forcing them to run too many flights. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The lobby group representing European airports has defended the EU’s current curbs on ‘ghost flights’ after a major carrier said it would run 18,000 “unnecessary” flights to keep its runway slots.


Fossil fuel subsidies ‘must continue to fall’ amid energy crisis, say OECD and IEA

The recent surge in energy prices “underlines” the need for a greater and accelerated pivot to renewables subsidies from fossil fuels, the OECD and IEA have said.

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Blog: Physical presence and modal shift

A mural reading 'The Future Is Europe' near Maelbeek metro station in the European quarter of Brussels. The regional government is seeking to ban ICE vehicles entering the city by 2035. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

The Brussels government has set its sights on big post-pandemic changes to tackle air pollution in the Belgian capital. Could it herald a revolution for the notoriously congested European quarter?

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Blog: Thoughts turn to air quality as Brussels locks down again, MEP campaign takes an unprecedented turn

Social democrat MEP Pierre Larrouturou has taken budget negotiations with member states to an unprecedented new level after starting a hunger strike in the European Parliament. Photo: Pierre Larrouturou / Twitter

With Europe entering a new period of covid restrictions, will we see a return to the clear skies of Lockdown 1.0? And what will it mean for the EU’s packed legislative schedule?


Blog: Trains, not planes and automobiles

Santa Apolinia train station in Lisbon: The unprofitable night train service to Madrid was suspended indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Jorge Mantilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

With the coronavirus pandemic resurging across Europe, and the threat of fresh lockdowns looming, what will it take to keep plans for the European Year of Rail in 2021 on track? Richard Weyndling investigates

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