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Four reasons to be optimistic despite modest EU climate goals

Blog entry by Joris den Blanken | October 30, 2014

Last week, the EU agreed its 2030 targets for emission cuts, energy savings and clean energy. Greenpeace has been clear in its assessment : the level of emission cuts is inadequate, and the deal risks slowing down Europe’s clean...

Wo ist Angela Merkel?

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | October 22, 2014

As Europe’s politicians decide about the bloc’s energy future (some even call it an Energy Union) on Thursday and Friday this week, the German government appears to have left the stage. Earlier this month, the European Commission...

Companies call on EU leaders to back ambitious climate and energy policies

Blog entry by Jorgo Riss | October 14, 2014

In the past, politicians have often been the ones pushing companies to become more conscious of health and safety issues. American politicians insisted that car companies install seatbelts. European politicians voted for hormone...

Should the European Commission wear green goggles more often?

Blog entry by Daniel Simons | October 6, 2014

That's the question lawyers were arguing about in Luxembourg last week. It is a case where Greenpeace is challenging the approval of up to €1.6 billion in aid to Spain's coal industry. Spain is a poster child for clean energy. It...

Tell politicians deciding our energy future: listen to people not the polluters!

Blog entry by Virag Kaufer | October 2, 2014

In three short weeks, on 23 and 24 October, Europe’s political leaders meet in Brussels to agree on a European energy policy that will last for decades to come. These politicians are under pressure, especially after the climate...

EU leaders wake up! Make coal history

Blog entry by Joris den Blanken | August 25, 2014

This weekend I joined a unique European protest, not the usual gathering in front of Commission buildings in Brussels. Almost 8,000 people from all over Europe gathered at the Polish-German border to form an eight-kilometre long human...

Beware the omniscient scientific adviser

Blog entry by Dr. Paul Johnston | July 25, 2014

Are Europe’s polluters demanding more scrutiny of their operations? Well, unsurprisingly, no, but industry lobbyists putting pressure on the European Commission to increase the power of its chief scientific adviser does sound...

Leaked Commission energy security plan keeps EU hooked on energy imports

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | May 21, 2014

As tensions escalated between Russia and Ukraine in March, raising fears of disruptions to European gas supplies, EU leaders asked the European Commission to draw up a plan to reduce the EU’s energy dependence. The EU spends over €1bn...

Oops! Commission does it again!

Blog entry by Andrea Carta, Marco Contiero | February 14, 2014

A la carte  approach to EU law on GM crops will come back to bite Following a fraught meeting of EU ministers on Tuesday, the European Commission looks set to push through the approval of a new genetically modified (GM) maize. It...

Rebuttal of the Economist leader article on European climate policy (edition dated 25...

Blog entry by Mark Breddy | January 24, 2014

The two main conclusions drawn by The Economist article – that binding renewables targets don’t work and that the EU should put all its eggs in the carbon market basket – don’t stand up to scrutiny. There’s very strong evidence...

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