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Enable sustainable investments in gas and nuclear to aid recovery, IEA tells EU ...

The EU should encourage investments in fossil gas and nuclear power as part of its ‘green’ recovery plan, the International Energy Agency has suggested

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Covid-19: Greens brace for ‘fierce battle’ over recovery fund conditions

Germany must steer a planned European recovery fund towards sustainable investments and maintain momentum on climate action when it takes the helm of the EU Council next month, the heads of the Greens/EFA group said on Tuesday

Climate

Covid-19: Green groups warn of stalling momentum on ‘green recovery’

Environmental campaigners have urged EU environment ministers to put the climate and biodiversity crisis back on the agenda for a post-Covid recovery this week, following a European Council summit on Friday reported to have devoted little time to green issues

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EU leaders fail to agree recovery plan in face of calls for green conditions

EU leaders fail to agree recovery plan in face of calls for green conditions

EU leaders have failed to agree on a €1.85trn economic recovery plan despite calls from environmental groups for strict green conditions

Climate

EU leaders inundated with demands for green recovery ahead of Friday summit

EU leaders inundated with demands for green recovery ahead of Friday summit

An open letter from parents urging action for future generations and a call for direct environmental support from city mayors in the EU’s east are among a raft of demands ahead of a European Council summit to discuss Europe’s post-lockdown recovery

Transport

Incentives for diesel and petrol vehicles in Spain’s auto industry rescue plan

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez has announced a €3.75bn recovery plan for the automotive industry which includes incentives to buy vehicles with diesel and petrol engines in sharp contrast to a plan announced earlier this month by the German government

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Blog – New life or back to normal after the coronavirus crisis?

Blog – New life or back to normal after the coronavirus crisis?

Three months ago many countries entered a painful lockdown to limit the spread of novel coronavirus. The result of this situation has been a significant cut in air pollution and carbon emissions, but a recent study suggests they are already rebounding as constraints are lifted

Air

Blog: The ‘heroes of the night’ paint it red

Blog: The ‘heroes of the night’ paint it red

Forty kilometres of cycle lanes are being carved out in Brussels in readiness for the gradual lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown. Some fear that the move will increase congestion and pollution, but for others the move is a necessary rebalancing

Politics & Law

Blog: Earth Day reflections amid the pandemic

Blog: Earth Day reflections amid the pandemic

This week saw further examples of the tussle between those who see the coronavirus crisis as justification for the EU to double down on its climate and environment policy, and those who would use Covid-19 as a reason to shelve such ambitions

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