COVID-19 and the Risk to Food Supply Chains

As the COVID-19 pandemic turns into a global crisis, countries are taking measures to contain the pandemic. Supermarket shelves remain stocked for now. But a protracted pandemic crisis could quickly put a strain on the food supply chains, which is a complex web of interactions involving farmers, agricultural inputs, processing …

Air Pollution Goes Down as Europe Takes Hard Measures to Combat Coronavirus

The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) data confirm large decreases in air pollutant concentrations — of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations in particular — largely due to reduced traffic and other activities, especially in major cities under lockdown measures. Reductions of around half have been seen in some locations. The EEA’s data …

EBRD Unveils €1 Billion Emergency Coronavirus Financing Package

The EBRD has unveiled an emergency €1 billion “Solidarity Package” of measures to help companies across its regions deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This is an initial response to the crisis and the Bank stands ready to do more if and when needed. The proposals were approved …

Member States Must Cut Emissions Across All Sectors to Achieve EU Climate Targets

Emission cuts in the European Union’s (EU) Effort Sharing sectors need to accelerate considerably from 2018 onwards to achieve the current EU 2030 targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published recently. In particular, the large amount of emission reductions from planned measures in the transport sector need …

Europe Has Warmest Winter on Record

The past winter was by far the warmest on record for Europe, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service/ECMWF. It was the second warmest February, both globally and for Europe. From December 2019 to February 2020, there was persistent mild weather over Europe, particularly in the north and east. The …

EBRD and Donors Boost Green Financing in the Region

The Western Balkans is a key region for, and partner in, the EBRD’s green work. South-eastern Europe has huge potential for developing green energy, with its rivers providing hydroelectric power, its mountains and plains enabling wind power, its underdeveloped solarenergy, and the inhabitants of its many cities keen for sustainable …

Global Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Flattened in 2019, Following Two Years of Increases

Global emission trends Global energy-related CO2 emissions flattened in 2019 at around 33 gigatonnes (Gt), following two years of increases. This resulted mainly from a sharp decline in CO2 emissions from the power sector in advanced economies (Australia, Canada, Chile, European Union, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, …