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A few weeks ago, Swedish journalist Göran Rosenberg made a welcome appearance on the radio program Good Morning World. Speaking on the European Union and UK’s membership, he said: “A very human reaction to external threats, real and imagined, is to secure a place somewhere, behind a border of any kind, where the threat can… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

The EU Green Week 2016, the annual occasion to explore and discuss European environment policy, took place betweem 30 May and 3 June 2016, under the slogan “Investing for a greener future”. ‘Investing’ in the broadest sense of the word, means to use any capital goods in hopes of making a profit for a sustainable… » read more

  Posted by Europa Media

Boeing is encouraging regulators to create a strong policy framework to advance sustainable aviation biofuels. Transcript: 2016 is Boeing’s centennial year: in the past century we have united the world through more efficient air travel and pioneered the outer reaches of space. 
And yet we look forward, with great excitement, to our next century, and… » read more

  Posted by The Aviation Blog

Guest blog post by Molly Walsh, community power campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe. As the European Union’s sustainable energy week begins, the corridors of the European institutions will be buzzing with debate around empowered consumers and producers of renewable energy. Ever since the European Commission published its vision for the energy union in… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

On Tuesday 7 June, EU Transport Ministers will debate the urgent need to close legal loopholes that allow car emissions defeat devices under certain circumstances. The debate follows up on revelations that certain carmakers have used defeat devices to cheat emission tests and that NOx emissions are much higher on the road than in laboratory… » read more

  Posted by EU energy & climate blog by @StollmeyerEU

Difficulty getting renewable energy from where it’s generated to where it’s consumed can be a big headache for countries wanting to go green. That’s the case with Germany, one of the world leaders in wind energy, Energy and Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel says. Most of Germany’s wind energy is generated in plains in the north,… » read more

  Posted by The Eurasian Policy & Energy Hub

  Who is the most influential on EU Energy Efficiency policy? The second #EurActory40 ranking of The top 40 policy experts with influence in EU Energy Efficiency policy was unveiled at a roundtable debate titled: “Energy efficiency, 2016: The year of delivery?”. Download the full ‘#EurActory40 – #EnergyEfficiency’ list (PDF) A video provides a summary… » read more

  Posted by EU Community

While the progression of renewable energy in Europe is significant and encouraging, with the authorities seeking to reach 20% of gross final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020, major challenges remain. Indeed, objectives both at the EU level and the ones formulated during COP21 gathering 186 countries, seem quite clear : in order to… » read more

  Posted by Chloé Mikolajczak

In its EU funds spending plans, Slovakia has shown commendable dedication to making bioenergy more sustainable. Taking over the EU presidency in June, it will have a unique chance to apply its expertise to improve European regulations on biomass.   by Miroslav Mojzis cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog   After pressure from Slovak non-governmental organisations,… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Last year in the EU, 12.8 GW of wind power capacity was installed – more than any other electricity generation source. This means that wind can now generate 11.4% of the EU electricity consumption in a normal wind year, according to Wind Europe. At the same time Belgium and Scotland have shut down their last… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Guest blog post by Heenan Paris. Following the European Commission’s formal notice to the French State on 22 October 2015 regarding EDF’s dominant position (80%) in the French hydropower sector, France has adopted a new legal framework enshrining the opening to competition of hydroelectric concessions which would not dispel all foreign hydroelectric operators’ doubts pertaining… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Birgit Schmidhuber, Environmental Lawyer and Board Member of J&E The Environmental Liability Directive, adopted in 2004 holds a huge potential for preventing and remedying damage to European environment. Unfortunately it is currently seriously underperforming. Decisive action must be taken by the European Commission to change this, J&E, an environmental law NGO… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

My belief that Bilbao is a stronghold of sustainable city developments is growing immeasurably. Why? Because after visiting for a week of creative dialogue between 800 participants from 200 cities, I found myself inspired by the city’s culture of social change. Further out from Bilbao (which recently hosted a series of events entitled New Pathways… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

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