All articles by Lukas Scheid

Charging infrastructure: How much of a penalty is necessary?
One part of the EU Parliament is relying on the threat of sanctions to be able to implement the expansion targets for the EU-wide charging infrastructure. The other part is strictly opposed and fears opaque bureaucracy and little legal certainty. continue reading →
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ETS trilogue in the energy crisis
How can EU emissions trading be reformed so that climate protection is implemented, but the burden due to rising carbon prices is not to heavy? The political task amid the energy crisis could hardly be greater, which is why there is a need for discussion among stakeholders. continue reading →
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AFIR: amendment request submitted for sanction mechanism
Following the vote on the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive (AFIR), rapporteur Ismail Ertug (S&D) has again submitted an amendment for the introduction of a sanction mechanism. An identical proposal to enforce the targets for the expansion of charging infrastructure using the threat of penalties for member states or operators of charging points already failed in […] continue reading →
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Effort sharing: How binding should climate protection be?
Effort sharing is about emission reduction targets for those sectors not covered by the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). After all, nearly 60 percent of EU-wide greenhouse gas emissions. But what do these targets attain if they are not enforceable? In the ongoing trialogue this question must be clarified. continue reading →
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ETS trilogue makes minimal progress
Only minimal progress could be made at the second ETS trilogue, according to parliamentary rapporteurs Michael Bloss (Greens/EFA) and Peter Liese (EPP). After four hours of negotiations on Monday morning, they had not been able to “agree on anything,” said Bloss, criticizing, in particular, the Czech Council Presidency. He was very disappointed because the member […] continue reading →
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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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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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