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Solar balconies are booming in Germany. Here’s what you need to know about the popular home tech

This new wave of solar producers aren’t just getting cheap electricity, they’re also participating in the energy transition. More than 400,000 plug-in solar systems have been installed in Germany, most of them taking up a seamless spot on people’s balconies. New data shows at least 50,000 of the PV devices were added in the first […]

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While politicians talk green jobs, carmaking regions seek to limit the damage

Europe’s car-producing regions know that decarbonisation will hit the traditional car industry hard and result in thousands of job losses. For them, the name of the game now is how to limit the damage, and how the EU can help. A Committee of the Regions conference held in Brussels on 22 May brought together experts […]

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Why are bottle caps attached to the bottle? Inside the EU directive causing drink spills everywhere

A new tethered design for plastic caps on drinks bottles has some consumers in a huff, but what’s behind the move? Cracking open a cold coke on a hot day is one of life’s great pleasures, but this summer it will be a different experience. That’s because plastic bottles in Europe are changing because of […]

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Good news for chocolate lovers as Swiss scientists find way to make the treat more sustainable

Cocoa fruit contains other valuable ingredients that have been underutilised until now, the researchers say. Scientists in Switzerland have invented a way to make chocolate healthier and more sustainable. No Oompa Loompas, chocolate rivers or magical gum were involved in the making of this new treat – simply a fresh look at the whole cocoa […]

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EU approves law to hit gas imports with methane emissions limit

European Union countries approved a law on Monday (27 May) to impose methane emissions limits on Europe’s oil and gas imports from 2030, pressuring international suppliers to cut leaks of the potent greenhouse gas. Methane is the main component of the natural gas countries burn in power plants and to heat homes. It is also […]

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Top business leaders bemoan archaic systems in Europe that are curbing climate solutions

In order to drive the progress and development of innovative solutions that tackle climate change and help the environment, there needs to be regulatory frameworks in place that help companies make bolder steps forward, top industry CEOs told CNBC. Ester Baiget, the CEO of biosolutions firm Novozymes, said that “roadblocks” usually stand in the way of […]

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UK to implement a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) by 2027

In its joint response [1] to an earlier consultation, the UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and HM Treasury has confirmed that a UK CBAM will be implemented by 2027. The CBAM will impose a levy on those importing the most greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions-intensive products into the UK, which will reflect the gap between […]

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EU Climate Czar Frans Timmermans Quits Job to Lead Center-Left Coalition in Dutch Elections

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s climate chief quit his job in the EU’s executive arm Tuesday and will lead a broad center-left coalition of social democrats and greens going into the Dutch elections in November. Social Democrat Frans Timmermans, 62, was the only candidate and won 91.8% of votes cast by party members of both groups Tuesday. […]

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EVs: Win-Win for the Environment and Drivers’ Wallets

Buying an electric vehicle (EV) is an investment that starts paying off the moment its owner starts driving it. Indeed, a study by Energy Innovation has found that in most states, “financing and owning an EV is cheaper on a monthly basis than financing and owning an equivalent gasoline car.” This is a major reason that an […]

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Environment – World Ocean Day (June 8, 2023)

On this World Ocean Day, France reiterates its commitment to ensuring that the oceans are at the top of the international agenda. They cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and help safeguard major environmental balances, regulate global warming and constitute invaluable biodiversity reserves. President Macron’s commitment to protecting the oceans and marine […]

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