All articles by Lukas Scheid

CBAM trialogue: no agreements reached
As expected, only small progress was made in the second trialogue on the introduction of a carbon cap and trade mechanism (CBAM). The crucial political issues, such as the start and speed of the CBAM introduction or which industries will be affected, were left out on Tuesday. Progress was made on administrative issues, i.e. where […] continue reading →
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Environment Committee calls for higher EU climate targets
On Monday, MEPs from the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) adopted a resolution outlining their demands for the 2022 World Climate Change Conference in Sharm el Sheikh (COP27). They call for the EU and all G20 countries to show leadership and update their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to global emission reductions (GHGs) accordingly to close […] continue reading →
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AFIR adopted in Transportation Committee
Late Monday night, the EU Parliament’s Transport Committee (TRAN) adopted the report on the establishment and expansion of a charging infrastructure (AFIR) with a clear majority of 36 votes in favor and 2 against. As expected, the previously negotiated compromises of the rapporteur Ismail Ertug (S&D) all received broad approval. They stipulate charging stations every […] continue reading →
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ENVI votes for alternative REPowerEU funding
On Monday, the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) confirmed the agreement reached by the rapporteurs last week. According to the agreement, the EU Commission’s REPower-EU program should not be partly financed by certificates from the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) of the European Emissions Trading System (ETS). A cross-party alternative proposal envisages that €20 billion would […] continue reading →
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ENVI does not want to use MSR certificates for REPowerEU financing
Negotiators in the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee have reached an agreement on the use of CO2 allowances from the Market Stability Reserve to finance the REPowerEU program. Unlike the EU Commission, the Parliament could come out in favor of not using MSR allowances to finance the program intended to make Europe energy independent of Russia. […] continue reading →
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by Lukas Scheid
European climate policy on the brink?
In the face of rising energy and food prices across Germany and Europe, voices from politics and industry are growing louder calling for less disruptive climate and environmental policies. Stricter environmental regulations and high carbon prices are being met with more criticism than ever before. And criticism is also increasingly being heard in the crisis. continue reading →
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EASA demands 100 percent SAF approval in the aviation sector
To achieve the carbon reduction targets of the Green Deal and the Fit for 55 package, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is calling for more ambitious intra-sector targets for aviation. These include measures to expand the supply and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). In this year’s European Aviation Environmental Report, EASA recommends faster […] continue reading →
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Czech presidency: compromise draft on electricity market reform
After the Commission presented a proposal to reform the electricity market to reduce electricity and gas prices last week, the Czech Council Presidency handed in the first compromise proposals. Although the draft states that the electricity price cap should be €180 per MWh, member states have the option to introduce a higher cap if generation […] continue reading →
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Study: EU wastes more food than it imports
In 2021, the EU imported nearly 138 million tons of agricultural products. A study citing recent data from the UN Food Waste Index shows that at the same time, the EU wastes 153.5 million tons of food each year. “At a time of high food prices and a cost of living crisis, it is a […] continue reading →
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EU Parliament calls for climate adaptation framework
In a resolution adopted by the EU Parliament on Thursday, a large majority of MEPs called on the Commission to step up efforts to fight climate change. Therefore, the Commission should propose a “comprehensive, ambitious and legally binding European climate adaptation framework” aimed in particular at the EU’s most vulnerable regions, according to the resolution. […] continue reading →
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AFIR compromise found
Parliamentary rapporteurs reached a breakthrough in negotiations for the development of a European charging infrastructure (AFIR) on Wednesday. As Europe.Table has learned from parliamentary circles, most of the outstanding issues were clarified at the last shadow meeting. For example, prices must be charged per kilowatt hour (EVs) or kilogram (hydrogen) and be transparent and comprehensible […] continue reading →
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Council willing to adjust EU climate target
The Czech presidency is apparently ready to adjust the EU’s climate target. An internal draft of Council conclusions in preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm el Sheikh (COP27) states that it is ready to adjust the nationally determined contribution (NDC) to global emissions reductions. Participating countries at COP27 are urged to raise […] continue reading →
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Outlook: the fall agenda of EU climate policy
With the trilogues on ETS reform and the introduction of CBAM, two fundamental parts of the Fit for 55 package will enter the final negotiations this fall – and possibly be finalized. But until then, numerous conflict lines need to be sorted out. And then there's COP27. continue reading →
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ETS and CBAM trilogues not until October
The trilogue negotiations for the reform of the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) and for the introduction of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) were supposed to be concluded before COP 27 in November. But nothing is likely to come of this. The next trilogue round on ETS reform is not scheduled to take place […] continue reading →
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Electricity price compensation for industry: What does the 27.5 billion mean?
The German government has been granted permission to give energy-intensive companies a helping hand in the face of rising electricity costs. The industry has been eagerly awaiting approval from Brussels. But how exactly the €27.5 billion will be distributed and whether it will deliver what it promises remains to be seen. continue reading →
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Drought causes crop failures across Europe
This year’s drought in Europe is the worst in at least 500 years, according to a report by the EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Nearly two-thirds of Europe’s land area is still in a critical condition, it said. Forty-seven percent of the land has less precipitation than usual, resulting in deficient soil moisture. According […] continue reading →
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Study: 64 percent renewables by 2030 to meet Paris targets
The potential of renewable energies in the G20 countries exceeds the current energy demand. It is therefore possible to completely replace fossil energy sources with renewables in the 20 largest industrialized countries by 2050. This is the result of a study published today by the F20 Foundation Platform and the University of Technology Sydney. To […] continue reading →
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Energy prices: Brussels approves billions in aid for companies
Germany may support energy-intensive companies with around €27.5 billion. On Friday, the EU Commission gave the green light for a corresponding aid measure. Specifically, this involves indirect emission costs being reimbursed by the state for the years 2021 to 2030. This is the part of the higher electricity prices caused by the increased CO2 price […] continue reading →
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