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climate change

  • Paving way to a Circular Economy

    March 12, 2020

    On 11 March the Commission published it New Circular Economy Action Plan which will facilitate the EU’s transition to a circular economy, to achieve the 2050 net-zero emissions target. According to Commissioner for the Environment, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the Plan has the goal to strengthen the competitiveness of EU industry, empower consumers and protect the environment. By introducing a sustainable products policy framework, it will be easier for consumers to identify sustainable and circular options on...

  • European Green Deal: Anticipating the two years ahead

    December 13, 2019

    It is not exaggeration to suggest that the Green Deal is the farthest reaching environmental policy initiative ever undertaken by the European Commission. The integration of sustainability into every pillar of the EU’s activities, from industrial strategy to development aid, is what many have advocated for years. The question now is whether the Commission can follow through on its ambitious work programme, and how well will its unified vision survive the inevitable bruises of co-decision...

  • What is Sustainable Finance and why is it important for the future of Europe?

    June 20, 2019

    Sustainability is about to transform the European agenda in an unprecedented way. The recent results of the European elections highlighted an increasing influence of the Greens in the EU Parliament. This, coupled with public demands for more government action on climate change, will inevitably stimulate more debates on sustainability - a key outcome of this year of change. EU leaders are gathering this week for the European Council summit and climate change will be central...

  • FleishmanHillard and the College of Europe launch a joint award for post-graduate students in the field of European energy and climate policies

    June 18, 2019

    18th June 2019, Brussels - FleishmanHillard Brussels and the College of Europe have announced today the creation of a joint Award for postgraduate students specialising in Energy and Climate policies, rewarding their expertise in two of the most strategic fields of action of the European Union. This new Award aims to recognise the work and the excellency of enthusiastic students from the College of Europe, who followed one of the several courses related to EU...

  • What will be the upcoming EU priorities for the next Commission mandate?

    May 22, 2019

    The European elections are upon us. Everyone’s attention is on the potential composition of one of the EU’s key institutions - the European Parliament. But here at FleishmanHillard we have also been looking beyond the elections, to see what the top priorities for the EU could be, and which key figures will be guiding them. Watch also: Niamh Griffin's video 'What will be the key trends for the European Elections?' In this video, Stéphanie Brochard and...

  • EnergiseEurope roundtable: How can we make carbon pricing work for decarbonisation?

    May 7, 2019

    The revised EU Emission Trading System (ETS) for the period 2021-2030 will be one of the main drivers towards the reduction of Greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions in the power sector and in industry. The new renewable energy and energy efficiency targets will contribute to the same aim, tackling sectors such as building and transport. However, if the 2050 Paris target of carbon neutrality is to be met, it will require the EU to dramatically increase...

  • EnergiseEurope roundtable: Sustainable Finance – What role for the energy sector?

    March 28, 2019

    The EU Long-term Decarbonisation Strategy and the Sustainable Finance Package adopted by the European Commission in 2018 will play a crucial role in shaping investments decisions and business models in the energy sector over the next decades. While political debates are tough and ongoing both at national and EU levels, and with EU elections around the corner, a trend towards decarbonising European economies has been set. A sense of urgency is also increasingly coming across...

  • ‘Hemicycle Views’: Interviewing MEP Julie Girling (EPP)

    March 15, 2019

    In 2009 Julie Girling was elected Conservative MEP representing South West England and Gibraltar. Today she sits within the Group of the European People's Party (EPP). During her 10 years in the European Parliament Girling has held positions such as chief whip of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and UK spokesman for agriculture – a sector in which she has been very influential. Girling is a notable member of the Environment, Public Health and...

  • EU Climate & Energy Policy: Ending the year with a bang

    December 19, 2018

    A landmark year for the EU energy and climate policy draws to a close. The European institutions are finalising complex agreements on new rules for the internal electricity market as part of the Clean Energy Package adopted by the European Commission in November 2016. Regulations aimed at cutting emissions of light and heavy vehicles are also reaching towards the final stage of negotiations between the Council and the Parliament. Over the past months, the European...

  • Energy policy: What are the priorities for the next Commission starting in 2019? #FHYearofChange

    October 30, 2018

    2019 represents the Year of Change in many sectors, including energy policy. Specialised in environmental and energy policy, Kaja Hengstenberg talks about the many priorities for the next Commission. She outlines the different discussions that will emerge regarding the Clean Energy Package, energy taxation, gas legislation and the Governance of the Energy Union. Unfortunately, we can't predict how these discussions will unfold. Yet, we can confirm that the EU will seek to maintain a global role...