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EC presents new methane strategy

EC presents new methane strategy

The European Commission has presented a strategy to curb emissions from the potent greenhouse gas methane. But environmental campaigners remain sceptical it will be enough. Beatrice Christofaro discusses the strategy in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. Does the EU’s methane strategy go far enough? From thawing permafrost, to burping cows, to leaking pipelines, … Continue reading

Understanding Europe’s Renovation Wave

Understanding Europe’s Renovation Wave

The European Commission unveiled a new energy efficiency strategy that could see 35 million buildings renovated and up to 160,000 green jobs created. It is useful to go directly to the EC website to have a better understanding. The following are questions and answers to help us better understand this new initiative.   Questions and … Continue reading

Understanding the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)

Understanding the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)

We must reduce GHG emissions to net zero by 2050 to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C. Human activities – mainly the burning of fossil fuels – are currently emitting far too much CO2 every year. One approach to reducing CO2 emissions is emissions trading – it is carrot-and-stick: emitters of … Continue reading

Investing in renewable energy and promoting electric vehicles is far from being enough to limit global warming and achieve sustainability

Investing in renewable energy and promoting electric vehicles is far from being enough to limit global warming and achieve sustainability

Shifting to electric vehicles while maintaining current travelling habits will not deliver emissions reductions required by European Green Deal and Paris Agreement. Margarita Mediavilla and Khaled Diab discuss the issues in an article on The Ecologist website.   The unsustainability of the electric car The European Green Deal sets ambitious targets for decarbonising the European … Continue reading

A struggle between the few financial institutions that are pushing for an ambitious new European green finance policy framework and incumbent vested interests opposing it

A struggle between the few financial institutions that are pushing for an ambitious new European green finance policy framework and incumbent vested interests opposing it

New analysis from InfluenceMap warns 19 out of 20 industry lobby groups are actively opposing measures contained within the EU’s proposed Sustainable Finance Strategy. This article was published on the Business Green website.   Are ‘vested interests’ threatening the EU’s sustainable finance strategy? EU efforts to establish an ambitious sustainable finance policy are being undermined … Continue reading

European Commission has launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance with industry leaders, civil society, national and regional ministers and the EIB

European Commission has launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance with industry leaders, civil society, national and regional ministers and the EIB

It has taken a long time for a major push to promote hydrogen but the EU came out with its new hydrogen strategy this week. The priority is to produce hydrogen from renewables and hopefully only renewables if it is to be truly sustainable. The renews.biz website provides a news item on developments this week. … Continue reading