Explainer: Why the EU’s carbon border tax plans are so controversial

Aluminium production in China: president Xi Jinping suggested proposed CBAM was a form of protectionism (Photo by Long Wei/VCG via Getty Images)

As expected, the European Commission kicked up a storm of criticism when it unveiled plans to introduce a carbon border adjustment mechanism on a range of imported industrial products as part of... Read more

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Policy briefing: What’s in the new EU Forest Strategy?

Turnicki forest in Poland's Carpathian mountains, May 2021. Activists have been campaigning against logging in the area, where some trees are up to 300 years old. Photo: Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The European Commission presented on 16 July a communication setting out how it will seek to protect EU forests in line with its climate and biodiversity goals. Here’s what you need to know.


Policy briefing: EU forest protection

Wood chips at the IKEA's Novgorod furniture plant in Russia. Demand for woody biomass is set to grow within the EU for use in energy, construction and consumer products. Photo: Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images

ENDS looks at upcoming proposals from the European Commission to protect Europe’s forests, and what they could mean for the booming bioenergy sector.


Policy briefing: the just transition fund

A multi-billion just transition fund to support communities in Europe's coal-heavy regions is a priority for Ursula von der Leyen's new Commission, with legislation expected in the first two weeks of December. Here's what you need to know


Policy briefing: the carbon border tax

A key promise made by incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, a carbon border tax would protect EU industries producing goods in a less carbon intensive way than their international competitors. ENDS takes a look at what the proposal might mean in practice

Upcoming deadlines


9 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in December

Important deadlines relating to chemicals labelling, restriction of hazardous substances and chemicals, safety on ships, and the recast Electricity Directive are coming up in December


9 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for

Important deadlines relating to ecodesign requirements, transport and chemicals restrictions are coming up in November and early December

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Map: EU member states' zero carbon plans

Zero carbon map

With EU Commission proposals for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 currently blocked by some member states, what are governments proposing nationally to meet the decarbonisation required

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Politics & Law

Agenda: The key green discussions and events to look out for next week

As the UN biodiversity conference begins in Canada, in Brussels EU legislators could reach final deals on the Deforestation and Batteries Regulations.

Politics & Law

News in brief: Big wins in clamp-down on illegal wildlife trade

In other news this week: A major result at COP19 on trade in wild species, a fresh call for a new economic model, and a blow for airlines who challenged France’s crack-down on short-haul flights.

Markets & Corporate

Member states adopt negotiating position on corporate due diligence rules

The EU Council has divided opinion with its general approach on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, as green groups accuse it of ‘gutting’ the European Commission’s proposal.


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