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Is there a pilot for COP21?

The much-awaited COP21 climate conference will start next Monday at Paris-Le Bourget. France’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Laurence Tubiana, is in the hospital with appendicitis. Tubiana should recover quickly enough. Maybe not for the heavy dinner planned on Sunday night at the Elysée, but at least in time to have tea on Monday, when the… » read more

  Posted by Heard in Europe

The following is Part 1 of a ten-part blog on governance to be serialised over the holidays. Today our personal decision-making process is strongly influenced by the latest social media applications yet EU and American government policy mechanisms, developed in the last century, have not been adapted to these communications tools. This discrepancy has created… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Twenty city mayors from five Nordic countries have joined forces in urging world governments to reach meaningful agreements at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. In an op-ed published in the magazine Cities Today, the influential group warns that any repeat of disputes which hampered previous summits would prove “very dangerous, since the… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

A durable Energy Union?

  By Imke Lübbeke, Head of EU Climate and Energy Policy at WWF European Policy Office The European Commission is about to issue its ‘State of the Energy Union’. This is the latest step towards a policy framework that will oversee the vital 2020 to 2030 phase of Europe’s energy transition. As we look forward,… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

Last Saturday, after a six-year deadlock and following a long series of negotiations, an internal burden-sharing agreement on Belgium’s climate obligations seemed to have been within reach. The four environment ministers representing Belgium’s three regions – Wallonia, Flanders and Brussels – and the Federal government announced that an agreement had been found on the division… » read more

  Posted by Charlotte Flechet

Last month, more than 900,000 people visited the Frankfurt Motor Show to explore this year’s ‘Mobility Connects’ theme. ACEA took the occasion to present the European industry’s approach to tackling CO2 from road transport, with a particular focus on the potential of intelligent transport systems (ITS). The role of ITS technologies in reducing CO2 emissions… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

  By Jan Vandermosten     A quote from Goldman Sachs perfectly summarizes the structural decline in which the global coal market finds itself today: ‘just as a worker celebrating their 65th anniversary can settle into a more sedate lifestyle while they look back on past achievements, we argue that thermal coal has reached its… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

by Gaspard Granger, aviation and shipping policy assistant at T&E Three prominent names in global business – Richard Branson (Virgin CEO), Paul Polman (Unilever chief executive) and Mo Ibrahim (founder of Celtel, the African telecoms company) – were invited by the BBC World Service to discuss the role of big companies in the fight against… » read more

  Posted by Transport & Environment

Oceana condemns the decision by the EU Fisheries Council on Baltic catch limits for 2016 Today, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU reached an agreement on the 2016 total allowable catches (TAC) for the Baltic Sea fish stocks. Regretfully, just like the last year, European ministers have yet again decided to ignore scientific… » read more

  Posted by Oceana Europe

It is argued by some that mandatory CO2 targets or high prices for emissions credits may lead to greater industrial competitiveness. For the automotive industry – a business that produces vehicles worldwide and must compete globally – it is perhaps harder to see the direct link. At first sight it might appear that stricter emissions… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

ThinkGeoEnergy will be attending and speaking at the upcoming inaugural conference of the Mayors’ Geothermal Club. This event is an international geothermal district heating conference and matchmaking event. In preparation for the event we spoke with István Pári, of Geonardo Environmental Technologies who is organising the event as part the Geothermal Communities project. The project… » read more

  Posted by Europa Media

Aviation Climate Solutions

Author: Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) ATAG – The global aviation industry is taking wide-ranging and positive action to reduce the level of CO2 emissions connected to its operations. Airlines, airports, manufacturers and navigation service providers all know they have a responsibility to ensure that their operations produce as little carbon as possible. Some of… » read more

  Posted by The Aviation Blog

Author: Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Next week, aviation experts from within the industry alongside interested parties from governments and other organisations will gather together in Geneva to attend the 8th Global Sustainable Aviation Summit. Since it was first held in 2005, the summit has become the main global forum for discussing issues relating to… » read more

  Posted by The Aviation Blog

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