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

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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

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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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Commission’s renewable hydrogen norms slammed as ‘pure greenwashing’

Green groups have hit out at the EU executive’s proposal to give green hydrogen producers five years before they will have to prove their electrolysers are powered by purpose-built renewable sources.

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Commission defends tapping ETS to support Russian energy phase-out

The proposal to release €20bn worth of emissions allowances to help end Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and gas will not have a major effect on the EU carbon market, a European Commission official has said.

Politics & Law

MEPs call for windfall tax on fossil fuel companies

The European Parliament has endorsed a call to impose a one-off tax on companies unduly profiting from the current energy crisis, in a resolution on the impact of the war in Ukraine.

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