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EU leaders to set tougher climate goals in December

Monday - European Union leaders say they will decide on a more stringent climate target for 2030 at a summit in December, leaving more time to forge a united European response to climate change.

Electric trucks and green hydrogen 'ripe' for investment

Thursday - Green hydrogen, low-carbon aviation fuel and electric trucks are among 55 clean technologies that can help the European Union to reach its goal of climate neutrality by mid-century, new research shows.

New Swedish grocery prices goods on carbon footprint

9 Oct 20 - Felix, a Swedish food brand, has opened a climate-conscious store in which items are priced based on their carbon footprints.

Europe sets more ambitious target for 2030

8 Oct 20 - The European Parliament has voted to update the European Union's climate target for 2030, backing a 60 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, up from 40 per cent currently.

European Parliament set for tight vote on 'historic' climate law

7 Oct 20 - Lawmakers in the European Parliament expect a tight vote on the European Union's new climate target for 2030, with support splintered over the bloc's green ambitions.

Is Europe cheating on its emissions plan?

2 Oct 20 - The European Commission's plans to use carbon storage in forests and soils to help meet its 2030 emissions reduction target of a 55 per cent cut on 1990 levels is under fire.

Stamps reveal climate message when heated

1 Oct 20 - Stamps by Finnish studio Berry Creative feature images of birds and snow clouds that turn into skeletons and thunderstorms when heated to send a message about the consequences of climate change.


Poland to phase out coal-mining by mid-century

29 Sep 20 - Poland is moving closer to ending its heavy reliance on coal as the Government and miners’ unions agree a landmark plan to phase out mines by 2049.

EU under fire for including carbon sinks in climate goals

21 Sep 20 - The European Commission is defending its plan to bring carbon removals from agriculture, land use and forestry into the EU’s updated climate target for 2030, saying this is in line with UNFCCC...

Energy companies keep right to sue states in private courts

17 Sep 20 - Negotiators have ruled out an overhaul of private courts that allow energy companies to sue national governments when climate change policies hurt their profits.

EU lawmakers vote for 60% climate target for 2030

14 Sep 20 - The European Parliament's environment committee has voted for a new EU-wide target to reduce carbon emissions 60 per cent by 2030, setting the stage for tough negotiations with EU countries and the...

France seeks German collaboration on hydrogen in EU green recovery

11 Sep 20 - France hopes to collaborate with Germany on clean hydrogen projects as part of Europe’s green recovery from the pandemic, the country’s finance minister has said ahead of a meeting with his German...

‘Obsolete’ treaty must be reformed or ditched, lawmakers say

10 Sep 20 - The 1991 Energy Charter Treaty must be profoundly overhauled in order to remove all “obsolete” provisions protecting fossil fuel investments and hindering climate action, lawmakers from Europe across...

Germany's CDU/CSU seek new ‘climate man’ as Greens rise in polls

8 Sep 20 - Germany’s conservative CDU/CSU Union has admitted to its own shortcomings when it comes to climate policy and is now searching for a new chairman and candidate for the chancellor’s spot, which will...

Europe's tough 2030 plan achievable

26 Aug 20 - A European Union plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 55 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030 is technically and economically possible, researchers say.

Bigger EU ETS more effective than carbon tax at the border

21 Aug 20 - Europe is planning a border tax to stop carbon leakage in the energy sector, but energy advisers say expanding the bloc's Emissions Trading Scheme would be more effective.

EU climate talks enter decisive phase

20 Aug 20 - The European Commission will table proposals next month to raise the EU’s climate target for 2030, amid warnings from Eastern countries to safeguard jobs and growth from the coronavirus fallout.

EU and Swiss carbon markets to link

11 Aug 20 - A planned link-up of the European Union and Swiss carbon markets will be operational from September, the European Commission says, giving companies a broader pool of potential partners with which to...

Paris weathers one of worst heatwaves in a century

10 Aug 20 - Paris is facing one of its worst heat waves in more than a century, with daily average temperatures hovering around 30deg over a seven-day period and hitting a maximum of 39 degrees on Sunday,...


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