EU on Track to Meet 2020 Renewable Energy Targets

The European Union (EU) is on track to meet its target of sourcing 20 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020, according to a new report. The European Environment Agency’s new report “Renewable energy in Europe 2017: recent growth and knock-on effects” outlines that renewables’ contribution to the EU’s energy mix is approaching …

MEPs vote to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels

MEPs have voted overwhelmingly to ban biofuels made from vegetable oils including palm oil by 2020, to prevent the EU’s renewable transport targets from inadvertently contributing to deforestation. A new palm oil regulation, minimum sustainability criteria, customs duty reforms and anti-deforestation articles in future EU trade deals were also approved with a 640-18 majority. The …

Report: Renewables Knock 10 Per Cent off EU Carbon Emissions

The EU is on track to meet its goal of sourcing 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources and is successfully displacing fossil fuels through its increased use of renewables. That is the conclusion of a new report from the European Environment Agency which details how renewables’ share ot the European energy mix …

EU Agrees end to Confusing A+++ Energy Labels

After years of criticism the EU looks set to retire the much-maligned A+++ energy labelling scheme and return to a simpler A-G rating system. The EU originally used an A-G system of labels to inform consumers of the most energy efficient electrical applicances. However, as the efficiency of washing machines, dishwashers, fridges and other products …

European Parliament Backs Restoration of Ambitious Recycling Goals

The European Parliament has yesterday voted in favour of strengthening proposed recycling and food waste targets as part of the EU’s upcoming circular economy package. MEPs endorsed proposals for the bloc to deliver a 70 per cent recycling rate by 2030, alongside a five per cent cap on the share of waste going to landfill …

EU Environment Ministers Approve Post-2020 ETS Reforms

EU Member States have voted in favour of a new package of measures to overhaul the European Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) after 2020, which has for years been dogged by low prices and a surplus of allowances. Environment ministers from member states yesterday approved plans to accelerate reductions in the number of allowances in the …

The Cost of Climate INaction in the Agricultural Sector

This week key policymakers of the European Parliament discuss the EU’s largest climate instrument. Ahead of the debate, five organizations expose how a loophole in the law could significantly increase the costs of post-2030 climate efforts by delaying the required emission reductions in the agriculture sector. The Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) covers around 60% of …