During his hearing in the European Parliament, Commissioner-designate Frans Timmermans, pledged to propose an increase of the EU 2030 climate target to 55% emission cuts. The timing of this proposal however might not allow for Member States' approval well in time before the UN Climate Summit in November 2020.
A clear majority of EU Environment Ministers have called for raising the EU 2030 climate target today.
Energy intensive industries in Europe, such as steel or cement companies, still pocket huge amounts of public money while doing too little to reduce emissions, a report entitled “European Fat Cats” published by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe shows.
2017 was a record year for offshore wind in Europe according to statistics released today by WindEurope. Europe installed 3.1 GW of new offshore wind, taking total capacity to 15.8 GW, an increase of 25% in just one year.
The European Union has received the 2017 Ozone Award for political leadership, for its role in the adoption of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
This year's climate conference, COP23, concluded with steps forward to ensure global climate action through implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union were reduced by 23% between 1990 and 2016, while the economy grew by 53% over the same period, according to the latest EU climate action progress report.
Airlines would remain exempt from paying for CO2 emissions from intercontinental flights until 2020 under plans backed by MEPs this week.
EU-funded projects on climate-smart agriculture and forestry help turn policy goals into concrete action and could be further scaled up to enhance impacts, concluded a workshop organised by the European Commission and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) on 1 June.
The Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders that took place is a clear indication of the role that cities and regions can and should play in the fight against climate change.