Pollution

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.


Traffic pollution costs €60 billion per year in healthcare 

Tuesday 15 January 2019 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

Each year 500 000 Europeans die prematurely as a result of air pollution. Road transport alone causes 18 percent of air pollution.


Diesel cars in the doghouse  in depth

Wednesday 17 January 2018 | Artur Włodarski
| BiQdata

Despite the Dieselgate scandal, diesel-fueled cars are still the most popular in Europe. A trend that is slowly changing, as governments and the public opinion are starting to grasp with their impact on public health.


The top 100 European places where Dieselgate kills the most   in depth

Wednesday 04 April 2018 | Stefano Valentino
| MobileReporter
VoxEurop

Excess diesel emissions produce a tiny portion of harmful dusts. Yet, they cause dozens of deaths in Europe’s highly populated road traffic hotspots.


Air pollution kills more than 500,000 Europeans each year 

Monday 05 November 2018 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

Despite the efforts of European countries, atmospheric pollution (fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone in particular) continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people every year.


The energy transition yet to come  in depth

Thursday 06 February 2020 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

The European Union wants to abandon coal by 2050, but this will require significant help from European banks, which still finance 26 per cent of all coal power plants in the world.


‘Flight shame’? Europeans have never flown as frequently 

Monday 10 February 2020 | Florence Schulz
| Euractiv

Many people claim they are flying less to protect the environment, but figures from 2018 say otherwise. The aviation industry is doing better than ever and its emissions have more than doubled since 1990. 


Is the EU carbon market serving its purpose?

Tuesday 10 December 2019 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

The EU emissions trading system has reached its 2020 reduction target as early as 2017. But it still needs to fix one problem to be truly efficient. 


Greenhouse gas emissions (ICOS)

Thursday 19 December 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The Integrated Carbon Observation System publishes reference data on greenhouse gas emissions. 


Should Europe ban large ships?

Tuesday 22 October 2019 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

Cruise ships, tankers, and giant container ships run on heavy fuel oil. On a global scale, sea transport emits nearly a billion tonnes of CO2 each year: five times more than rail, four and a half times less than cars. How to achieve “zero carbon” in shipping by 2050?