All new cars on the European market must be zero-emission vehicles from 2035, says the European Commission in its ‘Fit for 55’ package, but questions over affordability and infrastructure are proving difficult to answer.
Climate campaigners say the move will penalise society’s most vulnerable, while the chair of the European Parliament’s environment committee calls it “politically suicidal”.
Clean energy advocates say citizen-owned solar and wind power is the best way to get community buy-in for renewables projects, but as feed-in tariffs are replaced by competitive auctions, citizen-led initiatives are decreasing in number.
The European Commission is closing half of its offices in Brussels to allow for more teleworking and to walk the talk on its Green Deal, but studies show working from home can create more, not fewer, emissions.
Campaigners worry climate change denial is festering unchecked on social media. But evidence suggests posts showing people the positive role they can play in the energy transition are more impactful.
Bumping up EU climate decisions to national leaders might seem like recognition of the urgency to act, but in reality it may slow down Europe’s energy transition.
The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, disliked for geopolitical and climate reasons, is nearly complete. The German Greens, who are riding high in the polls ahead of the federal election, want to stop it. Even if they win this autumn, economics could still triumph over clean energy needs.
The UK has announced an emissions reduction target that would see a faster decline than the EU and US, but working out who has the policies to deliver on their targets is no easy task.
Short-haul flights get a lot of attention, but France’s new measure to force journeys of less than 2.5 hours to be made by train not plane will reduce the country’s aviation emissions by only 0.8%.
Road transport and buildings have been spared from EU ETS obligations until now, but an upcoming revision may change that, and climate campaigners are concerned.
The chair of the European Parliament's environment committee says the EU failed ten years ago to connect the climate crisis to recovery from the financial crisis, but insists it will not fail for Covid-19.