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Portugal commits to environmental checks before ramping up lithium mining

Portugal’s environment and climate action minister João Pedro Matos has acceded to pressure for a strategic environmental assessment to be conducted before tenders are issued for concessions to... Read more

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EU indicators on SDGs create ‘illusion’ of progress, says civil society alliance

The EU’s official statistics about the Sustainable Development Goals are ‘not fit for purpose’ because they ‘fail to measure’ key economic aspects and ‘do not consider Europe’s outsized impact on the rest of the world’, an NGO alliance has said

Energy

Nuclear power ‘irrelevant’ to climate crisis

The share of nuclear in European power generation continues to drop compared to renewables, according to a report launched on Thursday, while experts voiced scepticism about the potential role of nuclear fusion and hydrogen in a zero-carbon future

Climate

Brussels restricts support to greenhouse gas emitters

The European Commission has narrowed down the list of EU Emission Trading System (ETS) sectors eligible for public funding, targeting only those they see as being at risk of so-called carbon leakage, while environmentalists criticised revised state aid guidelines for a lack of ‘green’ conditionality

Energy

Norway seeks funding for carbon capture as IEA publishes major report

Europe should pump innovation funding into Norway's carbon sequestration programme, prime minister Erna Solberg said on Thursday as the International Energy Agency warned deployment must be increased twentyfold if Paris climate goals are to be met

Air

IED review: Open up decision-making process to civil society

A European Commission review looking at the effectiveness of the EU industrial emissions directive has concluded that more transparency and participation in the decision-making process on permitting needs to be made available for civil society

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