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EU under fire for including carbon sinks in climate goals

Monday - 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 standards.

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 European Commission, which is expected to propose a 55 per cent goal next week.

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 counterpart today.

‘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 say.

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 shape the union’s course on environmental policy.

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,...

EU can and must cut emissions by more than 55% by 2030

6 Aug 20 - The European Commission is proposing strengthening its 40 per cent greenhouse gas emission reduction target to 50 per cent or 55 per cent on 1990 levels in the next 10 years, but this doesn't meet...

Ireland's Supreme Court damns country's climate policies

5 Aug 20 - In what’s being seen as a landmark judgement, Ireland’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Dublin Government's policies on climate change are inadequate and has called for more action and clarity on...

France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars

31 Jul 20 - France's government has announced new environmental measures, including a ban on heated terraces for cafes and bars.

Dutch city redraws layout to prepare for heating effects

30 Jul 20 - The Dutch city of Arnhem is digging up asphalt roads and creating shady areas around busy shopping districts after concluding that the consequences of global heating are unavoidable.

Deutsche Bank to cut ties with coal companies

29 Jul 20 - Deutsche Bank will end business worldwide with the companies most exposed to coal mining by 2025 at the latest, as part of a revamp of its policies on financing the fossil fuel industry.

Renewables overtake fossil fuels in EU power generation

24 Jul 20 - Renewable sources have overtaken coal, oil and gas in EU electricity generation for the first time, new analysis shows.

Is corona a crisis too far for far-right outsiders?

22 Jul 20 - In recent years, far-right political parties in Europe have capitalised on crises to build their support bases.

Island states urge EU to link to tougher target

EU Council President Charles Michel and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meeting with the 27 national leaders in Brussels

20 Jul 20 - VULNERABLE COUNTRIES are urging the EU to link its coronavirus recovery funds and seven-year budget to a tougher 2030 climate target.

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