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Financing Europe’s green transition

Financing Europe’s green transition

This was a critical week for ensuring the European Union takes a more ambitious approach to the low-carbon energy transition.  The European Commission unveiled a €1 trillion investment plan to fight climate change on Tuesday.  The Commission proposals would dedicate around a quarter of the EU budget to the task.  The proposal has already had … Continue reading

European Commission starts legal steps against several EU member states for failing to comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

European Commission starts legal steps against several EU member states for failing to comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

At a time when we have to pull out all the stops to achieve our long-term low-carbon energy and climate objectives, it is discouraging to see that the European Commission is having to take legal steps against some of the EU’s member states in order to ensure that the Energy Performance of Buildings directive is … Continue reading

More from the European Environment Agency: mixed progress for Europe’s transport sector in meeting environment, climate goals

More from the European Environment Agency: mixed progress for Europe’s transport sector in meeting environment, climate goals

Europe’s transport sector is making only mixed progress in meeting its environment, health and climate policy targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published this week, which tracks the short and long-term environmental performance of this key economic sector across the European Union. Reducing the environmental, health and climate pressures arising from Europe’s … Continue reading

This week’s briefs

This week’s briefs

This week there are some items that should be of interest to you. First, the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) provides an explanatory note on why the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, that is currently under revision, must focus on energy needs. Second, there is a good article on how to minimise … Continue reading

Taking stock

Taking stock

A committee of the European Parliament that is reviewing the Commission’s proposed clean energy package has just done something hopeful: it voted for a binding 40% energy efficiency target for 2030. The Commission had called for a binding 30% target and many members of Council (and others) oppose even 30%, and do not want the … Continue reading