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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.

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

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.


Blog: EU stands at a watershed in energy policy

As energy ministers prepare to discuss emergency measures to tackle Europe’s gas crisis, Green MEPs are pushing for a major increase in the bloc’s renewable energy target.


Blog: Wood burning on the rise as EU faces energy price shock

Possible gas shortages this winter are driving public interest in wood-burning stoves. But air quality experts are worried the trend could do more harm than good.


How the EU is facing up to the prospect of winter energy shortages

As the European Commission prepares its ‘winter preparedness’ plan for possible gas shortages, member states are ramping up measures to ease the burden of rising prices on citizens. Some are greener than others.

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Interview: Why charging infrastructure is missing piece of the green transport puzzle

An electric vehicle charging space in a carpark in Bath, UK. Operators are calling for harmonisation and a more even distribution of public charging points across Europe. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Lucie Mattera, secretary general of ChargeUp Europe, on how the EU can overcome the barriers to rolling out electric vehicle charging infrastructure.


Interview: Why the energy crisis signals the end of gas as a transition fuel

Sarah Brown of think tank Ember: “What we must see is a movement away from policy and to actual implementation as quickly as possible.” Photo: Ember

Europe can turn its energy crunch to its advantage – but only if it makes good on plans to boost energy efficiency and renewables, says Sarah Brown from think tank Ember.


Interview: MEP Martin Hojsík on tackling the chemicals crisis

Hojsík: “This is something where people realise more and more that this is a serious issue. But we can actually deal with it… and have less of a problem.” Photo: EP

Parliament’s rapporteur on amending the POPs Regulation speaks to ENDS Europe about what needs to happen next to cut our exposure to hazardous chemicals.


Interview: Why now is the time to rewet Europe

Madgwick: “This is about climate, but it’s also about food security... about water security. It’s about human security in the sense of reducing fires and heat stress.”

Jane Madgwick, the head of Wetlands International, discusses how to stop wetlands going ‘up in smoke and down the drain’, amid recording breaking heat and drought.

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Who is Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU’s next environment commissioner?

Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner-designate for Environment and Oceans. Source: LVŽS

Lithuanian, 28 years old, minister for economy and innovation since 2017, Virginijus Sinkevicius has been appointed European Commissioner for Environment and Oceans


Infographic: who sits on the new energy committee?

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The European Parliament’s industry, research and energy (ITRE) committee’s brief includes proposing amendments to legislative proposals in key climate-related policy areas.

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CHART: Who is on the new Environment Committee?

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The European Parliament has decided on who will sit in its committees for the 2019-2014 legislative period - click through for a full list of the new environment committee

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