EU Climate Policy

13. Feb. 2013

The EU can and must be a climate leader

EU leaders have agreed to a binding target of a 20% reduction of carbon emissions levels by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The EU is already on its way to achieving its climate target. The Greens/EFA group thus pushes the EU to increase its own domestic climate ambition and set itself a binding target of at least 30% by 2020. Such a decision would foster the green economy, incite investment in renewable energy sources and create green jobs. By raising its emissions target the EU would also strongly encourage the rest of the world to take further climate action and give some momentum to international climate discussions.



20. May. 2013 blog

The Arctic is in the spotlight, but sadly not for the good reasons.

With its ice melting at an unprecented rate, the Arctic region is attracting a growing number of actors. This is setting off a global competition for influence and economic opportunities far beyond the nations that border the Arctic. The Greens have for long warned about the necessity to protect this vulnerable region, which is also the first victim of climate change...  

16. May. 2013 newsletter



16. Apr. 2013 newsletter

Issue 63- April

New EU climate and energy package: The Greens call for three ambitious binding targets +++ Parliament vote in favour of strengthening GHG emissions accounting and reporting - rules +++ Nuclear Stress Tests: How safe are our nuclear plants now? +++ Climate change increases the risks of flying +++ French wine more pricey +++ US: School children will receive lessons on climate change for the first time +++ "Sandy" taken out of list of hurricane names  

15. Apr. 2013 blog

EU ETS: backloading must be the first step towards more ambitious structural changes

Tomorrow the Parliament is to vote on a proposal from the Commission to set aside a number of allowances to ensure the well functionning of the EU carbon market. The suppression of 900 million allowances from the beginning to the end of phase 3 (2013-2020) - while clearly not being sufficient - is absolutely necessary to prevent the current system from collapsing ....