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In a groundbreaking bill approved by Irish parliament on Thursday 12th of July, the Irish government is set to completely divest its Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) from companies with shares in the fossil fuel industry. The move makes the Irish government the first government in the world to divest from fossil fuels. The Fossil… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

Next month, on Tuesday 10 July to be precise, the European Parliament’s Committees on industry (ITRE) and transport (TRAN), will each cast key votes on the European Commission’s proposal for future CO2 targets for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, the latter better known as vans or LCVs. While the Commission’s proposal for post-2021 CO2… » read more

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

Summary of the decision On May 24, the European Commission has published its final and binding decision in its antitrust/cartel case 39816 on Upstream gas supplies in Central and Eastern Europe by virtue of which it has obliged Gazprom to rectify numerous abuses on the European gas market. Namely, in pursuance to Article 9 of… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Guest blog post by Juliette Albiac, Fire Safe Europe Managing Director The European Commission is currently reviewing the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). Its review is an opportunity to address major fire safety issues from measuring smoke toxicity to assessing the fire risks from new construction products and methods. The Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which dates… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Gas transit contracts between Gazprom and Naftogaz will expire on December 31, 2019. It means that Russia won’t have legal grounds to supply gas to Europe via the Ukrainian gas system. In order to continue supplies, Europe has to make an important decision about the transit routes. Further use of the Ukrainian pipelines and construction… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Next year will be the real turning point for Lithuania from the financial point of view. After gaining the independence Lithuania was significantly supported by the EU. Brussels helped a young country to grow stronger and decrease its dependence on Russia. Many projects started by the country decades ago were successfully financed from the European… » read more

  Posted by Today in the Baltic States

In late January, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project received permission for construction and operation where it would make landfall in Germany. Nord Stream 2, like its first iteration, seeks to transit 55 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Russian natural gas annually—by the Baltic Sea instead of through Ukraine. By redirecting gas flows, the Kremlin… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

The shift of fossil-fuel based energy consumption towards renewable energy sources needs more focus. One of the main challenges is in the case of developing countries, where insufficient funds and technology are slowing down the transition process. To accelerate the transition, a new decentralized, consumer-based renewable energy strategy should be implemented. Solar technology is especially… » read more

  Posted by Everyday Renewables

Guest post by Hans Korteweg, Managing Director, COGEN Europe   The message from European manufacturers and users of the latest smart home energy solution is clear: fuel cell micro-cogeneration is market-ready. Already, 3500 households and businesses across Europe are using fuel cell micro-cogeneration for their heating, hot water and electricity supply. Each unit is enabling… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Conflict of Interest in international climate negotiations has been taking place from the very beginning of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a new report by Corporate Accountability shows. This visual summary guides you through 3 decades of corporate lobbying:

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

According to the President of SolarPower in Europe Christian Westermeier, by the year 2021, there is set to be a further 94,000 jobs created in the solar industry. This comes as welcome news after a tough few years for the industry after the initial boom in solar grinded to a stop in 2011 and 2012.… » read more

  Posted by Everyday Renewables

In the last days of COP23, a final text came out that defines the Tanaloa Dialogue, and thus lays out the path for an inclusive climate dialogue during 2018. The COP22 and COP24 presidencies consulted all the countries to agree on how this process will look like.   But what is the Tanaloa Dialogue? It… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

COP23: summary of week 1

The first week of COP23 has come to an end, and an army of delegates has been negotiating the details of how to implement the Paris Agreement. The second week is kicking off with a a lot at stake, while many of the negotiating points are being delayed. With ministers arriving in Bonn, the pressure… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

BONN, Germany The European Union and Australia told a global conference to discuss climate policy that discussions on finance should not be included in negotiations for loss and damage because “not every disaster is caused by climate change.” By Alanah Torralba Loss and damage refers to inevitable costs of natural disasters and slow onset events… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

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