MEPs Urge EU to Ratchet Up Climate Target

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have agreed a new resolution urging EU leaders to set out a 2050 net zero emissions target for the bloc by 2020. In a vote on Wednesday, ahead of the UN’s COP23 meeting in Bonn next month November, MEPs called on leaders to ramp up the EU’s climate targets and …

Europe Could Attract $417 Billion With Higher Wind-Power Target

Europe’s wind power industry may attract 351 billion euros ($417 billion) of investment by 2030 if countries adopt reforms and targets for their energy systems in the next year, trade association WindEurope said. The European Union may create 716,000 jobs with a target for member states to produce 35 percent of their energy from renewables …

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 …