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A landmark study on the use of forest biomass for energy shows that the recast Renewable Energy Directive needs major reforms if the EU is to meet its climate and biodiversity goals, a coalition of green groups has said.
With Common Agricultural Policy reform already causing rifts, a debate in the European Parliament on the EU ‘farm-to-fork’ sustainable food strategy has confirmed the divisive nature of the issue of farming in the EU’s broader ambitions on climate and biodiversity.
EU foreign ministers have agreed to push for an end to unabated coal power across the world as part of the bloc’s diplomatic efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The European Central Bank has announced it has set up a ‘climate change centre’ reporting directly to president Christine Lagarde that will coordinate work on sustainable finance.
Suppressed electricity demand helped green sources edge past coal and gas for the first time last year to provide 38% of Europe’s electricity, but a study by Ember and Agora Energiewende shows wide variation from country to country.
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