Press conference of Phil Hogan, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, on the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020.

Phil Hogan resignation is a chance to bring trade “in line with climate ambition”

28 August 2020  The resignation of Irish EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan is an opportunity to bring trade policy in line with climate ambition, Europe’s leading environmental coalition has said.  Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe has urged the European Commission President Ursla von der Leyen to seek a new commissioner who will ensure trading practices […]

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EU must use “full potential” of recovery fund for climate action

21 July 2020 EU leaders must use the “full potential” of the bloc-wide recovery funds to boost climate action, a regional environmental coalition has said.  Reacting to the €750 billion COVID-19 recovery package announced by the European Council today, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomed some of the ‘green’ elements of the proposal.  These included […]

Greta THUNBERG, Swedish climate activist Photo: European Union / DAINA LE LARDIC

EU net-zero target for 2050 would be “surrender”

16 July 2020 The EU’s current target of net zero emissions for 2050 equals “surrender” to the climate crisis, a letter penned by Greta Thunberg and other activists warns.  The letter, which continues to gather signatures from activists and scientists the worldover, was sent to EU leaders and heads of state today and demanded that […]

Pandemic recovery is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to transition from coal to renewables

15 July 2020  The post-pandemic recovery presents a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity in rebuilding the Europe-wide economy by overseeing a just and rapid transition from coal to renewable energy, according to a European environmental campaign.  The Europe Beyond Coal campaign released its Fool’s Gold update for 2020, a report which examines how European and international financial institutions […]

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EU’s Hydrogen Strategy risks becoming a “gift” to the fossil fuel industry

9 July 2020 The newly announced EU Hydrogen Strategy could become “yet another gift to the fossil fuel industry”, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) warns.  The European Commission published the document yesterday and said it would, in tandem with energy system integration, “pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by […]

Ireland referred to European Court over failed conservation efforts

Ireland has been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) following its longstanding failure to designate Special Areas of Conservation.  Over 400 sites in Ireland do not have “the necessary conservation measures” according to the European Commission and the State has missed the relevant deadline for the designation by over five years.  […]

3,600 scientists call for CAP overhaul to protect nature

March 9th, 2020 Thousands of European scientists have declared that the European Commission’s proposals for the next round of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) must be drastically improved to reverse environmental damage and restore biodiversity. Over 3,600 scientists from across the bloc, including 58 from Ireland, have signed an open statement proposing 10 urgent actions […]

Commission launches awaited EU climate law proposals

March 5th, 2020 The European Commission has outlined its long-awaited proposal to enshrine the EU’s 2050 climate neutral commitment in law that critics say is simply too little, too late to avert the climate crisis. The European body argues that the European Climate Law – the heart of the European Green Deal according to Commission […]

Major policy and monetary support needed to improve our climate record, EU finds

March 2nd, 2020 The European Commission has found that the Climate Action Plan could be a “breakthrough” in the low carbon transition in Ireland but only with significant policy and financial support over the coming decades. The Commission’s 2020 Country Report states that the Climate Action Plan is a “much needed breakthrough” as Ireland has […]

MEP Maria Walsh Photo: European Union/Didier BAUWERAERTS

Maria Walsh votes ‘with conscience’ in bid to block EU gas projects

February 12th, 2020 Fine Gael MEP Maria Walsh broke party lines this morning and voted with her “conscience” in favour of a motion that would have blocked the EU’s new priority energy list that includes over 50 new fossil fuel projects. The European Parliament ultimately voted down the motion to veto the Projects of Common […]