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

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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


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


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.


Warning against EU ‘double subsidy’ for heavy polluters

Campaigners have warned the EU risks giving a double subsidy to Europe’s biggest carbon emitters if it bows to industry pressure to maintain free emissions trading system allowances alongside a proposed levy on imports from countries with lower carbon prices

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