Environment campaigners in Italy are suing the government for failing to sufficiently tackle the climate crisis

Plaintiffs want court to order Mario Draghi’s government to adopt more ambitious climate policies. In 2019, Italy set itself a 33% target for carbon emissions reduction by 2030. Campaigners say the ecological objectives outlined in Italy’s recovery plan, which was submitted to the European commission in late April, are not ambitious enough. Angela Giuffrida discusses … Continue reading Environment campaigners in Italy are suing the government for failing to sufficiently tackle the climate crisis

Latest EEA data on average car emissions increasing in 2019

Average emissions from new passenger cars in Europe increased for the third consecutive year in 2019, reaching 122.3 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (g CO2/km), according to the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) final data. Data about newly registered vans show a stable trend. New EEA data set baseline for emission reductions in heavy-duty vehicles.   Average … Continue reading Latest EEA data on average car emissions increasing in 2019

There is a lot of low-hanging fruit that the EU can pick when it comes to making waste rules more effective

Sam Morgan writes on the Engineering & Technology website about the current situation in the EU concerning e-waste and what can be done to improve effectiveness.   View from Brussels: Make e-haste not e-waste EU efforts to collect and recycle electronic waste are among the most effective in the world but there is plenty of … Continue reading There is a lot of low-hanging fruit that the EU can pick when it comes to making waste rules more effective

CEN and CENELEC held a webinar on Connecting European Sustainable Finance to Standardisation

On Tuesday 20 April, CEN (the European Committee on Standardization) and CENELEC (the European Committee on Electrotechnical Standardization) held an online webinar dedicated to exploring the role standards can play in scaling up the implementation of sustainable finance for the transition to a climate neutral economy and a more sustainable world. The desired outcome of … Continue reading CEN and CENELEC held a webinar on Connecting European Sustainable Finance to Standardisation

Carbon performance a necessary complement to energy performance: EU buildings’ policy should address the carbon footprint of construction, says BPIE

The EU’s forthcoming revision of legislation for buildings and construction is a critical opportunity to create policy and investment certainty on how energy performance requirements will be supported by carbon performance rules, says BPIE. New research from BPIE shows that while some EU Member States have introduced comprehensive policy action to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings … Continue reading Carbon performance a necessary complement to energy performance: EU buildings’ policy should address the carbon footprint of construction, says BPIE

Bold new initiative from European Commission to address carbon emissions

Andrew Warren, Chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation writes about a bold initiative to meet head on the inherent trade incompatibility caused by unpriced emissions from companies outside Europe. The column was in the May 2021 issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry.   The EU’s new tool to create a level playing field … Continue reading Bold new initiative from European Commission to address carbon emissions

European Commission updates its EU industrial strategy

This week the European Commission updated the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy. It shows support for industrial sectors that are strategic to the European … Continue reading European Commission updates its EU industrial strategy

The EU is addressing climate change through the potentially potent tool of fine print of financial regulations

Jill Ward, Silla Brush and John Ainger from Bloomberg write on the Washington Post website about the EU embedding environmental goals in standards for banks, money managers, insurers and member states’ public spending plans.   Why EU Climate Weapon Is in the Financial Fine Print The fight against climate change involves more than wind turbines … Continue reading The EU is addressing climate change through the potentially potent tool of fine print of financial regulations

More than half the Netherlands’ four million home owners are not yet taking steps to make their homes more energy efficient

A news item on the Dutch News website discusses the problems in getting homeowners to take action to make their homes more energy efficient. Are you finding the same problems in your country?   More than half of home owners are not boosting energy efficiency More than half the Netherlands’ four million home owners are … Continue reading More than half the Netherlands’ four million home owners are not yet taking steps to make their homes more energy efficient

Would a carbon border tax be effective as a tool as countries try to slow climate change?

Timothy Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Richmond in the United States discusses on The Conversation website the potential impact of the border adjustment carbon tax that the EU is considering. What are your views?   The EU wants a carbon tax on imports – but would it be the climate solution officials expect? … Continue reading Would a carbon border tax be effective as a tool as countries try to slow climate change?