Strategic interactions between self-interested private energy system investors

Governments throughout the world have accelerated their ambitions towards effective climate change mitigation. What is clear, in this challenge of how to tackle the complex and global issue of climate change, is that there is no one technology or stakeholder that will drive the full and timely decarbonisation that the world and its citizens require. Read more about Strategic interactions between self-interested private energy system investors[…]

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LIFE Programme: EU invests €121 million in environment, nature and climate action projects

The European Commission today announced an investment of €121 million for new integrated projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. This funding – increased by 20% compared to last year – will promote the green recovery and help Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia Read more about LIFE Programme: EU invests €121 million in environment, nature and climate action projects[…]

EU- China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

The EU and China have today concluded in principle the negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI).  This deal follows a call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Commission President von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on behalf of the Presidency of the EU Council, as Read more about EU- China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment[…]

Seaports expansion as strategies into new construction

Seaport footprints will need to expand by up to 3,689 square kilometers (1,424 square miles) worldwide in the next three decades to cope with the combination of sea-level rise and rising demand, according to a new study published in Earth’s Future, a peer-reviewed scientific journal focusing on climate change and future sustainability. The new study modeled trade growth Read more about Seaports expansion as strategies into new construction[…]

New legislation on sustainable investments

Parliament has adopted new legislation on sustainable investments. It lays down six environmental objectives and allows economic activity to be labelled as environmentally sustainable if it contributes to at least one of the objectives without significantly harming any of the others. The objectives are: climate change mitigation and adaptation; sustainable use and protection of water and Read more about New legislation on sustainable investments[…]

EU’s budget for 2020 priorities that matter to citizens: climate change, jobs, young people, security and solidarity in the EU

Three EU institutions agreed on the EU’s budget for 2020. This will allow the EU to focus its resources on the priorities that matter to citizens: climate change, jobs, young people, security and solidarity in the EU. Next year’s budget will also prepare the transition to the next budgetary cycle as it will be the Read more about EU’s budget for 2020 priorities that matter to citizens: climate change, jobs, young people, security and solidarity in the EU[…]

Progress towards the Europe 2020 targets

The Europe 2020 strategy – EU’s agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth – was adopted by the European Council in June 2010 with the aim to overcome structural weaknesses in Europe’s economy, improve its competitiveness and productivity and underpin a sustainable social market economy. The EU targets are set in the five thematic areas: Read more about Progress towards the Europe 2020 targets[…]

Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030

As part of the debate on the future of Europe, launched with the Commission’s White Paper of 1 March 2017, the Commission is today publishing a Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030. Announced as a follow-up to President Juncker’s 2017 State of the Union Address, today’s Paper forms part of the EU’s firm commitment Read more about Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030[…]

Inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Specific Challenge: The Paris Agreement notes the importance of taking action to ensure the integrity of all ecosystems and the protection of biodiversity in the context of combatting climate change and adapting to its impacts. An improved understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between ecological processes and climate change, together with evidence-based guidance, is crucial Read more about Inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services[…]

Global Impacts of Agriculture on Climate Change

Together with carbon dioxide and methane, nitrous oxide is among the most important greenhouse gases: It is about 300 times more hazardous to the climate than carbon dioxide. In Germany, the main source of nitrous oxide emissions is agriculture and its extensive use of nitrogen fertilizers. Potential consequences on food production and climate change will Read more about Global Impacts of Agriculture on Climate Change[…]

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An investment package of €98.2 million to support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €98.2 million to support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy under the new LIFE funding programme for the Environment and Climate Action. Today’s investment package will contribute towards improving the quality of life for European citizens in five areas: Nature, Water, Air, Waste and Climate Action. The investment covers 10 Read more about An investment package of €98.2 million to support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon[…]

Nijmegen becomes European Green Capital for 2018

Nijmegen was rewarded for its efforts to become ‘fit for life’ and the ability to lead by example in a number of key environmental areas. Tomorrow the city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands will officially become the European Green Capital for 2018. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will hand over Read more about Nijmegen becomes European Green Capital for 2018[…]