Greece Welcomes UNWTO Support for Sustainable Tourism Growth

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) paid a high-level visit to Greece to meet with the Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and offer the United Nations’ specialized agency’s support as the country works to grow and diversify its tourism sector. Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili was in Athens for …

EU Parliament Backs Ban on Single-Use Plastics

The throwaway plastics to be banned from 2021 include straws, cutlery, plates, balloon sticks and cotton buds The proposals also call for at least a 25% reduction by 2025 in the use of burger and sandwich boxes and food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts and ice creams EU states would …

EU Raises Renewable Energy Targets to 32% by 2030

The EU is raising its target for the amount of energy it consumes from renewable sources, in a deal lauded by the bloc’s climate chief as a hard-won victory for the switch to clean energy. Energy ministers agreed a binding renewable energy target of 32% by 2030, up from the …

EU Lawmakers Back More Ambitious Renewables, Energy Saving Goals

European lawmakers approved draft measures on Wednesday to reform the power market and reduce energy consumption that envisage more ambitious climate goals, setting the stage for tough talks with reluctant EU member states. Under the plan backed by the European Parliament, renewable energy would account for at least 35 percent …

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 …

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 …