Speculation in Brussels is mounting over whether the Biden administration will be able to turn the tide on climate action, as a familiar war over words breaks out again over vegan food products.
The wheels of the Brussels machine have slowly begun to turn after an exhausting end to 2020 as policymakers gear up for a crunch year of climate action.
No trace of any snow in Brussels, but there has been a flurry of legislative activity in the last week before the Christmas break: on climate, trains and transparency. And there is every chance 2021 will prove to be even busier.
A big week in Brussels ends with member states settling on a 55% greenhouse gas emissions cut by 2030 – although Brexit trade talks head into extra time over environmental standards and the old problem of fishing rights.
The German environment minister speaks to ENDS about the challenges of holding the EU Council presidency during a pandemic, the prospects of a ‘green recovery’ and this year’s federal elections.
João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Portuguese environment and climate minister, speaks to ENDS about the prospects of a green recovery as his government takes over the rotating presidency of the EU Council.
Luxembourg’s energy minister Claude Turmes talks to ENDS about the building momentum on climate action, breaking through industry intransigence and why a fossil fuel led recovery from the covid crisis would be “game over” for the planet.
Dorthe Nielsen, head of Eurocities, tells ENDS why Europe’s carbon neutrality goals for 2050 will hinge on what happens in its urban areas.
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