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

By |April 20th, 2021|Tags: , , |

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”.

How the Energy Charter Treaty might hamper emissions reductions

By |April 19th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The value of European fossil infrastructure protected by the Energy Charter Treaty is almost €345 billion, says research by Nico Schmidt and Oliver Moldenhauer at Investigate Europe. Lawsuits, allowed by the treaty, are likely to prevent states from adopting ambitious climate policies.

With loosened cohesion rules, EU money is channelled away from climate action

By , , |March 16th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

EU countries have reallocated €3.8 billion of EU structural funds away from climate action to enable a rapid response to the Covid-19 crisis. However, the European Commission hopes that the incoming fresh cash will reverse that trend.

Ornaldo Gjergji: Climate Change Down to the Local Level

By |January 27th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Ornaldo Gjergji, data analyst at OBC Transeuropa, presents the investigation on rising temperatures in Europe that he carried out in the framework of the European Data Journalism Network ( Making use of data from Copernicus and ECMWF, Ornaldo built a dataset that shows the variation in average temperature between the 1960s and the 2010s for about 100,000 municipalities across Europe. In the video, he explains how he approached the subject and why it is important to connect the global with the local perspective when looking at climate change.

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