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Covid-19: Germany’s Schulze calls for climate-friendly stimulus

The German environment minister has said any programme to recover from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic must contribute to reaching carbon neutrality, as industry heavyweights continue to... Read more

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EU Commission: Covid-19 increases urgency of spending on green transition

The coronavirus crisis ‘clearly increases pressure on public authorities’ to allocate funding wisely and direct Europe's recovery towards ‘future proof solutions’, the European Commission said on Monday after president Ursula von der Leyen called for ‘smart and sustainable’ investment

Transport

Covid-19: Call for airline bailouts to be conditional on climate action

Public bailouts of airlines threatened by the Covid-19 economic shutdown must be conditional on a reduction in air travel and the industry aligning with the Paris Climate Agreement to keep global heating below 1.5C, a global coalition of 250 environmental and social justice groups has said

Politics & Law

Blog: How Covid-19 is prompting blue sky thinking

A week of clear blue skies in Brussels – with the vapour trails of jet engines an increasingly rare sight (weekly average traffic is down 78.3% compared to the same period in 2019, and even then Belgium has seen one Europe's lowest fall-offs during the coronavirus crisis) – has seen an intensification of the debate over the nexus between the European Green Deal aspirations and its response to the pandemic

Energy

Geothermal sector calls for 'EU heat market' to support decarbonisation

The geothermal energy industry has written to European Commission president Ursua von der Leyen, asking for the establishment of an internal market for heat to rebalance the advantages given to fossil gas and promote decarbonisation

Land

Covid-19: Link to biodiversity depletion prompts calls to prioritise EU Green Deal

An MEP has called for the European Commission to prioritise the green deal along with Covid-19 emergency measures, suggesting the pandemic is caused by ecosystem disruption.

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Politics & Law

Mechanism for interim carbon emission cuts ‘not in line’ with EU Treaty

A paper from the European Parliament’s legal service has raised concerns over the suitability of secondary legislation proposed to implement the EU’s climate law, the centrepiece of the European Green Deal

Politics & Law

Interview: former EU environment commissioner Janez Potocnik on the need for systemic change and circular economy

Former commissioner for environment and for science and research Janez Potocnik speaks to ENDS about the EU executive’s New Circular Economy Action Plan unveiled this month, a vindication of his conviction that management of natural resources must play in any attempt to create a truly sustainable economic and social model

Energy

Interview: Eurogas secretary general James Watson on decarbonisation, infrastructure, carbon capture, and molecules

Following the row last month over the EU's projects of common interest list, which angered green groups by including gas infrastructure, Eurogas's James Watson speaks to ENDS about his vision for how the gas industry can help the bloc meet its climate change goals

Climate

Coronavirus: UK does not rule out postponing COP26

A top British minister has said he cannot give a ‘cast-iron guarantee’ that crucial UN climate talks will go ahead as planned in November, in light of the restrictions on travel imposed by governments to tackle the global pandemic

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