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Green laws are good for EU economies

On February 3rd, the European Commission published its environmental law review, highlighting the importance of full implementation for healthy and sustainable economic development. According to the report: “The EU's environmental policy and legislation bring undeniable benefits: they protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations, and preserve the quality of life of EU citizens. Weak implementation generate...
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Portugal aims for 100% clean energy by 2030

Portugal’s Environment Ministry announced its strategy for 100% divestment from fossil fuels in the energy generation sector by 2030. The effort will start next year. During the presentation of Portugal's Climate KIC Initiative in Lisbon, João Pedro Matos Fernandes said that "the idea is that these plants will stop using coal, once Portugal is able to do so, while honoring contracts in force". The focus on a low-carbon economy to be develope...
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Less debt more Earth

WWF opens dialogue on green debt relief for a living economy in Greece Seven years of crisis and austerity in Europe are placing great strain on the European project. In Europe’s nature, life goes on: Greece hosts a unique ecological treasury, which is threatened by increasing pressures for rapid but unsustainable growth and environmental deregulation. Greece’s debt can hardly be deemed sustainable and is crippling for the prospects of the c...
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Crisis deters industry from investing in waste management

In its recent judgment on the C-584/14 case “European Commission v Hellenic Republic”, the European Court of Justice ruled that Greece has violated key EU laws on hazardous waste management. The Court imposed heavy financial sanctions on the Hellenic Republic: a lump sum of 10 million euros, plus a penalty payment of 30,000 for every day of delay in complying with the decision. In the arguments put forward by the parties, the Commission not...
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Lights off for solar in Greece

By Michalis Prodromou* The sector of renewables in Greece has been dramatically hit by a relentless offensive targeting environmental and green energy policies. All recent governments have offered strong support to the lignite-based electricity model (Greece is the 3rd largest lignite producer in the EU), both by planning the construction of two new lignite plants (Ptolemaida V and Meliti II, 660MW and 440MW capacity), and by seeking to extend t...
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Crisis turns businesses away from green certification

Research focusing on Italian and Spanish companies EMAS-certified has revealed that the economic downturn deters them from renewing their certificate. This trend appears particularly within the subgroup of companies basing their certification on government grants.   According to the researchers from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and the Laval University (Canada),  43.1% of the firms that took part in the study, confirmed that...
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Brexit and its impact on climate & energy policy

by Michalis Prodromou* The outcome of the British referendum on the country’s membership in the EU will certainly have an impact on British, European and international low carbon policies; the question is how severe this will be. Will the Brexit affect the ratification process of the Paris climate agreement, achieved only a few months ago? The agreement “would require recalibration” in case of an EU-exit outcome of the referendum said Chr...
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Brexit brings risks for UK environment and leaves EU weaker

Responding to the result of the British referendum on EU membership, Geneviève Pons, Director of WWF European Policy Office said: “We much regret this decision by the British public to leave the European Union, as this brings risks and uncertainties for the UK’s environment, and also risks weakening the EU’s position in tackling international environmental and climate challenges. All evidence shows that EU membership has brought many env...
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WWF responds to EU referendum result

On the 23rd June, the British People decided their future. WWF-UK campaigned for the environment to be integral to the debate and asked voters to consider the implications their choice would have for nature.  WWF-UK is concerned about the risks and uncertainties for the environment of the UK moving outside the EU.  There will now be many years of transition, so we need to do all we can to ensure that regulations and actions are in place for th...
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