13. Sep. 2017 blog

We need to call time on “stop the clock”: why the EU must take action on aviation emissions - Jakop Dalunde

The European Parliament is about to vote on a crucial piece of its environmental legislation - the aviation part of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Until now, international aviation has largely been let off the hook and it’s vital that progress is made to curb its emissions. Green MEP Jakop Dalunde explains the story until now, and puts forward our demands.  

12. Sep. 2017 blog

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 once again confirms that supporting renewable energy is the right political move - Rebecca Harms

Rebecca Harms is a Green Member of the European Parliament and has been a passionate anti nuclear activist for several years. In this opinion article she presents the main findings of the new World Nuclear Status Report and explains why it is important to phase out this old fashion type of energy and boost renewable energy sources.  

05. Jul. 2017 blog

G20: Climate change needs more than a family picture!

At the end of this week, the G20 will hold is meeting in Hamburg, Germany. With the recent geopolitical developments, the EU - which is the largest trader in the world and which always presents itself as being the leader in the fight against climate change - has a particularly important role to play. The G20 must clearly come with more than just a mere family photo...  

26. Jun. 2017 blog

A chance for EU ministers to deliver on the Paris Agreement: the Energy Efficiency legislation

Today EU Energy ministers will meet to discuss a crucial file of the Energy Package: the Energy Efficiency Directive. The Greens urge EU Energy Ministers to raise their ambition on this particular legislation, as not only it is key for Europe to respect its commitments to the Paris Agreement, but energy efficiency also because offers numerous benefits to all of us.  

30. May. 2017 blog

LULUCF - Agriculture can play its part in reducing GHG emissions, the status quo is NOT an option!

Today, the Agriculture committee will vote on its position on the so-called ‘LULUCF’ file. What is hiding behind this enigmatic acronym is the contribution of the agriculture and forest sectors to the reduction of climate change. Until now, they had been left out of the collective effort to reach the goals set up collectively by the parties in the Paris agreement. It’s high time to make a change!  

18. May. 2017 blog

In just a few days, at the next G7 meeting in Taormina, Sicily, on 27/28th May, all eyes will be on newly elected French President Macron. With worrying signals coming from the Trump administration and the failure from G7 energy ministers to agree on a joint statement on climate in rome some times ago, the pressure on the young President to ensure the swift implementation of the Paris Agreement is immense....  

09. May. 2017 blog

Ensuring transparency, balanced participation and ethical decision-making in the UNFCCC

This week kicks off the intersessional climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. Every year, negotiators and technical experts meet to chisel out the next steps in global climate policy. But who exactly is present in these discussions? Is this space really free from the fossil fuel lobby? Unfortunately this is not yet the case....  

22. Mar. 2017 blog

EU Energy Union - Why Europe needs reliable and transparent governance to achieve energy and climate objectives

Last November, the European Commission presented its so-called ‘winter energy package’. The Luxembourgish Green MEP Claude Turmes has been appointed rapporteur on Energy governance, a file which is of utmost importance to making the Green energy transition a reality and which could offer fresh perspectives for future investors and strongly improve the quality of life of all EU citizens. Our objective is to achieve a net zero carbon economy by 2050 at the latest, in line with COP 21. The first debate on this file will take place on Thursday 23 March.  

15. Mar. 2017 blog

Europe must ban drilling in the Arctic!

The Arctic melt is an urgent wake-up call to the world, and should not be seen as a business opportunity. The Greens are calling on the European Parliament to prevent dirty lobby from putting the Arctic even more at risk than it already is.  

10. Mar. 2017 blog

Remember Fukushima, 6 years ago....

This Saturday will be the anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi I Nuclear Plant, which was due to the Tohoku earthquake and a 15-meter tsunami on 11 march 2011...  

15. Dec. 2016 blog

EU ETS: A decent balance but a long way to go to finally make polluters pay

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has voted today on the reform of the key EU instrument to fight against climate change: the Emissions Trading System (ETS). We need a complete overhaul to make ETS the climate policy flagship it is claimed to be. The vote today has been a first step to align the EU to the commitments we made in the Paris Agreement, but there is a long way to go to go to make sure we make polluters pay. Let’s ensure this is just the beginning!  

29. Nov. 2016 blog

The Commission’s Winter Package: world number one in renewable energies, really?

The European Commission is due to unveil its so-called Winter Package tomorrow. The details of the package will be of crucial importance for fulfilling the commitments we made in the Paris Agreement. A lack of ambition, weaker governance and more market barriers for renewables, together with disguised subsidies for coal and the maintenance of privileges for nuclear energy and fossil fuels are the key ingredients of this Winter Package.  

18. Nov. 2016 blog

End of COP22: start of an unstoppable transition

After two thrilling weeks, COP22 is coming to an end. This COP started celebrating last year’s major change in global attitudes towards climate change, which led to the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Today, we can confirm it: the momentum is just growing.  

17. Nov. 2016 blog

COP22: 2050, the direction of the boat's course

Early action to combat climate change is essential. The urgency of climate change is uncontested and we all know that we don’t have any longer much time to waste. A barely perceived change in the direction of a boat’s course can change dramatically its final destination over a long enough period of time. However, long-term strategies are not less important. Any good plan needs a North Star to follow, a direction to take in order to guide immediate action: the reassurance that we are on the right path.  

16. Nov. 2016 blog

COP22: A new era for the EU-Africa cooperation in the energy field?

Helping Africa accelerating its energy transition is indispensable while climate negotiations are on-going in Marrakech. As 16 November is the so-called “Africa day” at COP 22, several options are on the table to put energy efficiency, renewables and grid development in focus.  

15. Nov. 2016 blog

COP22: Words are good. Financing is better

Heads of state and ministers from all over the globe have arrived to Marrakech this morning. They have come among other things to attend a high-level meeting that will take place tomorrow in Marrakech and will possibly be one of the most important discussions of COP22: a dialogue about climate finance and the $100 billion roadmap.  

14. Nov. 2016 blog

COP22: EU, don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today

Today, the second week of COP22 has started. The real economy is proving to move faster than politics and early action is demonstrating to be vital to accomplish what we committed to in the Paris Agreement. 2018 is the perfect time to improve and revise all national commitments and review ambition before countries submit their final commitments for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.  

07. Nov. 2016 blog

Start of COP22: a day to celebrate

The last year has seen a major change in global attitudes towards climate change and how to tackle it. This change started after the Paris Agreement - the first globally binding agreement to fight climate change - was reached in December 2015. Today, COP22 kicks off in Marrakesh, Morocco. COP22 is the time to start turning words into action and to build upon what was agreed in Paris last year.  

12. Oct. 2016 blog

F-gas regulation proves environmental policy does make a difference

In 2013, Green Member of the European Parliament Bas Eickhout co-authored European legislation to reduce the use of F-gases, extremely powerful greenhouse gases. His legislation is probably the most ambitious climate legislation the EU has adopted in recent years. Recent research shows that the legislation has had a positive effect on the green economy in Europe, in contradiction to warnings by lobbyists, and now the legislation is copied across the world.  

27. Sep. 2016 blog

Planes need to stop existing in a parallel universe when it comes to the climate fight

Curbing flight emissions is essential to meeting the Paris pact, but planes are completely absent from the text, face no legal fuel efficiency requirements or limits on CO2 emissions. But all that is about to change