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Environment

Wish you were green: Is the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy really sustainable?

In July, the European Commission presented the Hydrogen and Energy System Integration strategies, two roadmaps that contribute towards achieving climate and environmental goals under both the European Green Deal (EGD) and Paris Agreement. […]

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Support for Green Electricity in Serbia: A gap in harmonizing with EU energy laws

To access the European Union, EU-candidate countries are required to embrace the EU Community acquis within their legislation. This is deployed throughout accession negotiations as a framework of 35 chapters, with Energy as the fifteenth. […]

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Who really pays for all this CO2? Understanding the incidence of carbon taxation in the EU

On Earth Day, 22 April 2016, the UNFCCC Paris Agreement was opened for signatures, aiming to limit the average temperature increase well below 2°C, or even 1.5°C below pre-industrial levels. With both the European Union and its Member States as signatory parties, collective action became imperative in Brussels. […]

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Debt and Degrowth: Dynamics of Deficits under Zero Growth

In the words of ecological economist Giorgos Kallis, “if humanity is not to destroy the planet’s life support systems, the global economy should slow down.” This simple premise is the seed of a new school of ecological economics – “degrowth” which aims to disrupt many of the traditional assumptions around economic growth. […]

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To bee or not to bee? How the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies address pollinator decline

The 20th of May, 2020 was marked by several notable events: the global number of coronavirus cases hit 4,789, 205; the hashtag #hydroxychloroquine started trending after American President Donald Trump’s controversial admission that he was taking antimalarials as a prophylaxis for SARS-CoV-2; and Brazil became the pandemic’s third most affected country. […]

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The Human Cost of Climate Change: Climate migrants (Part 1)

The new decade emerged with biblical proportions: fires swept across Australia, record breaking storms blew through Europe, swarms of locusts decimated crops in Africa, and now, a pandemic has plunged the world into the worst global recession since WWII. Unequivocally, the severity of these events was further mitigated by effects of climate change and human destruction of habitat. […]

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The International Energy Agency’s Review of European Energy Policy

Since taking office in December 2019, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen set out an ambitious programme to decarbonize the European Union: the European Green Deal (EGD). Presented on the 11th of December 2019, the EGD envisions a climate-neutral European Union by 2050 […]

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Circular economy in the EU: Creating a sustainable and resilient future

On 11th March 2020, the European Commission presented the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP): a comprehensive roadmap building on the former Commission’s efforts to transition towards a new production and consumption model for Europe and its citizens. In essence, the main objective of the Action Plan is to address the bloc’s resource consumption and reduce its ecological footprint. […]

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Green Strings Attached? State aid and the Aviation Industry in the Wake of COVID-19

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the only emerging consensus when it came to climate change and airlines, was that airline greenhouse gas emissions needed to be reduced – however, no one could agree on how to achieve this. […]

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The Future of EU’s Economic Policy – Restarting the Economy while Maintaining Green Standards

The Coronavirus-crisis is hitting the world in an unprecedented manner, while two long-standing and equally alarming global predicaments are underway: climate change and biodiversity loss. In this context, a group of Environmental Ministers is calling for the EU and its Member States to mobilise efforts towards a joint environmental and economic recovery plan, arguing that EU laws, in this sense, might still be equipped with the right blueprints. […]

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