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environment

  • 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...

  • Circular Economy to Dominate the Agenda for the Next Five Years

    October 24, 2019

    Newly-elected Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has committed to promoting a circular economy in her agenda for Europe, stating that the main priority area is high-impact sectors such as the textiles and construction industries. For some, the announcement seems standardised and vague, perhaps even just a precaution to ensure her confirmation as European Commission President. In reality, the statement is significant when combined with the fact that circular economy proponent, Frans Timmermans, is likely...

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

    June 27, 2019

    By Zoe Choulika and Eleanor Batilliet, Research Executives at FleishmanHillard Brussels.  On 22 May, FleishmanHillard Brussels held an EnergiseEurope roundtable on “How can we make carbon pricing work for decarbonisation” which addressed different options to accelerate the EU’s emission reduction efforts through carbon pricing. Overall, members of the panel representing the EU industry, think tanks and the European Commission agreed that the EU Emission Trading System is an undeniably effective tool to decarbonise the economy...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • What will be the path of the European Union towards a fully decarbonised economy by 2050?

    January 7, 2019

    Our energy expert Thibault Jacobs shares the actions that the next European Commission could implement, in support of the path towards a decarbonised economy by 2050. Approved in December 2015, the Paris Agreement is the most ambitious agreement ever signed to tackle the effects of climate change. It plans on containing the rise of global temperatures to well below 2°C below pre-industrial times and to limit it to 1.5°C. To do so, signatory parties will have...

  • 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...

  • Robert Wright joins FH Brussels as Senior Vice-President

    November 6, 2018

    FH Brussels is delighted to announce the appointment of Robert Wright as Senior Vice-President. Robert will provide senior strategic counsel to FH clients across a range of policy areas including environment, chemicals and energy, reporting to SVP & Partner Rob Anger. He will furthermore add to the team’s existing senior expertise on key issues including Brexit. Robert is an Irish national with 25 years’ experience in public policy and regulatory affairs, having worked in several...

  • 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...