EU court slaps down Brussels, Paris and Madrid in car pollution spat – POLITICO

The European Union’s Court of Justice on Thursday told Brussels, Paris and Madrid that it had no right to challenge the European Commission’s attempts to set technical standards for vehicle emissions as part of efforts to reduce pollution. The three cities – which suffer from endemic levels of air pollution – had objected to the … Read more

Truckers cry foul over new regulations at Port of Vancouver banning older vehicles

Truck drivers in British Columbia say they have been unfairly determined by new regulations in the Port of Vancouver aimed at tackling climate change. The new Rolling Truck Age program, which takes effect on February 1, will deny access to the port of anyone using a truck that is more than 10 years old. “It … Read more

Germany spells out ‘gigantic’ effort to cut emissions and boost renewables – POLITICO

German Climate Minister Robert Habeck on Tuesday announced plans to fix a “severe deficit” in the country’s efforts to cut emissions, acknowledging that it has “significantly missed” its 2021 targets and now faces a “huge” task. Habeck told a news conference that his ministry will introduce two legislative packages – one in April and one … Read more

Gas is the bad habit Europe can’t kick – POLITICO

Click play to listen to this article The EU still needs natural gas to flow through its veins – even though it knows it’s bad for it. Amid the price shock that drives inflation across the bloc, this combination of necessity and toxicity leaves the European Union with a question: what to do about the … Read more

Last 7 years were hottest on record – POLITICO

The relentless process of planetary heating continued into 2021, and the past seven years have been the hottest ever. data Monday released By the European Climate Monitoring Service, Copernicus showed that last year was the fifth warmest since measurements began, despite the global cooling effect of La Niña in the Pacific Ocean. “It’s hard to … Read more

Polish coal miners demand more pay – POLITICO

WARSAW – Rising energy prices have increased demand for coal, a problem for Polish coal miners. Miners on Tuesday launched a two-day ban on coal shipments from state-owned miner PGG in protest at what they say is inadequate overtime pay. In a Facebook post, the Solidarity trade union said: “For several months now, due to … Read more

Germany downplays coalition anger over ‘dangerous’ EU nuclear push – POLITICO

Click play to listen to this article On Monday, the German government said Germany “openly rejects” Brussels’ plan to classify nuclear energy as sustainable, in a bid to show a united position and reduce growing discontent within the alliance over a controversial EU proposal. Berlin considers nuclear energy “dangerous” and therefore cannot support the European … Read more

Germany hits out at Brussels plan to label nuclear and gas ‘green’ – POLITICO

The German government on Saturday criticized European Commission plans to include nuclear power and natural gas in its long-awaited green label system for investments in the energy sector. Economy and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck and Environment Minister Stevie Lemke, both from the Green Party, have strongly criticized the commission’s initiative, and Habeck – who … Read more

Germany will ‘probably miss’ climate targets for 2022, 2023 – POLITICO

Economy Minister Robert Habeck has said Germany will likely lose its climate targets in the next two years, while defending the country’s decision to quit nuclear power. In an interview with German weekly newspaper Zeit published on Wednesday, the co-leader of Germany’s Green Party also said he expects “disappointment and perhaps anger” in parts of … Read more

Poland digs in over mine spat with EU – POLITICO

Poland and the European Union are on another collision course after the Polish government this week doubled down on its refusal to close a controversial mine – or pay a fine imposed by the EU’s Supreme Court. The battle is centered at the Turów mine near Poland’s border with the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic … Read more