EU taps commissioners to oversee climate, environment protection

A veteran Dutch politician fluent in six languages and a 28-year-old Lithuanian economy minister will lead the European Union’s climate and environment efforts through 2024. Ursula von der Leyen, the former German defense minister who will take over as president of the European Commission Nov. 1, nominated Frans Timmermans as the commission’s executive vice president … Continue reading EU taps commissioners to oversee climate, environment protection

EU 2020 target of 20% energy from renewables could be at risk

The European Union could miss a binding goal for 20% of its energy to come from renewables by 2020, despite rapid growth in renewable electricity generation in recent years, the European Court of Auditors said. Although about a third of the EU’s electricity now comes from renewables, the 20% target for 2020 also covers energy … Continue reading EU 2020 target of 20% energy from renewables could be at risk

EU readies carbon allowance cuts to reduce surplus

Power plants and other participants in the European Union’s emissions trading system will find carbon allowances harder to come by starting in September, because of the removal of a block of allowances from the system. The number of carbon allowances that could be auctioned between September 2019 and August 2020 would be cut by 400 … Continue reading EU readies carbon allowance cuts to reduce surplus

EU farm ministers ponder ways to cut greenhouse-gas emissions

European Union agriculture ministers on May 14 avoided contentious debates over reducing livestock populations or measures to cut meat consumption in discussing ways that farmers can contribute to the bloc’s greenhouse gas net-zero goal. Researchers and environmental groups have identified those two methods as among the most effective ways to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from … Continue reading EU farm ministers ponder ways to cut greenhouse-gas emissions

Elections could fracture EU environment, climate policy blocs

The European Parliament usually takes an aggressive stance when it comes to European Union climate and environment policy, but European elections that start on May 23 could change that. The Parliament—751 lawmakers from the EU’s 28 countries—has consistently pushed for the bloc to take on tougher targets in areas including greenhouse gas emissions reductions, renewable … Continue reading Elections could fracture EU environment, climate policy blocs