Environment

Why the Emissions Trading Scheme is not working, and how to fix it 

Tuesday 20 April 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

Emissions are not for free in Europe. As a carbon trade system, the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) sets an annual cap and a price for emissions. Wijnand Stoefs, policy officer at Carbon Market Watch, says it should become “a more ambitious tool”.


The Global Wind Atlas

Thursday 29 October 2020 | OBC Transeuropa

The Global Wind Atlas displays the typical amount of wind flowing in all areas of Europe, making it easier to identify valuable ares for wind power generation. 


Eloi Laurent: “An alliance between social justice and ecological sustainability must take over” 

Monday 01 February 2021 | Catherine André
| Alternatives Economiques

The Covid-19 pandemic is a cruel reminder that ecosystem vitality and human health are closely linked. For Eloi Laurent, "the best economic policy is a good health policy and the best health policy is a good environmental policy. We see that there is no trade-off between economy and environment."


buildings in Malmö

Climate renovation of buildings: lessons from around Europe 

Tuesday 26 January 2021 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

To meet its climate targets, the EU must double the speed it is renovating its residential and office buildings. Sweden has already almost completely decarbonised its sector. But it is on its own.


Foto da un drone di un'area fortemente inquinata da residui di lavorazione minerari a Rosia Montana, Romania

Mine tailing dams: the giants we ignore at our peril 

Monday 08 February 2021 | Marco Ranocchiari
| OBC Transeuropa

Tailing ponds are among the largest and most dangerous structures engineered by humanity, but their operation is virtually unknown to those who don’t live in their vicinity. Europe is no less at risk from incidents than the rest of the world. 


Plastic packaging: Europe faces a waste problem 

Friday 30 October 2020 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

As a result of more stringent standards, recycling of plastic packaging is set to fall in the EU. Without better industrial capacity, the EU will not reach its 50% target in five years' time. And illegal exports are likely to increase.


Habitats, species, ecosystems: the state of nature in south-east Europe 

Tuesday 01 December 2020 | Pietro Stefani
| OBC Transeuropa

The latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) paints a grave picture of the EU’s environmental situation, which requires urgent attention from member states if current trends are to be reversed. A look at south-east Europe.


Road traffic pollution costs billions in lost wellbeing in European cities 

Tuesday 27 October 2020 | Stefano Valentino
| MobileReporter
VoxEurop

Five years after the Dieselgate scandal, new research puts some figures on the social costs of vehicle emissions in over 400 European cities. It turns out that the annual damage to each city is worth €385 million on average.


Diesel engines emissions exceed by far European limits  in depth

Monday 18 June 2018 | Stefano Valentino
| MobileReporter
VoxEurop

A new independent report reveals how harmful emissions from diesel engines have yet to fall, despite increasingly strict European regulations, and promises from manufacturers to follow the rules.


Bulgaria and its EU neighbours do not cope well with the repercussions of the Dieselgate 

Tuesday 03 September 2019 | Mila Cherneva
| Capital

Only half of Volkswagen Group's problematic cars in Bulgaria have received a software update, and now the country risks being flooded with low-quality polluting vehicles from Western Europe.