Climate change is a threat to all life, and it is clear that work is needed to combat the negative effects. Thankfully, the development of environmental legislation and international accords like the Paris Agreement are evidence that policymakers are starting to take notice of our warming planet. To understand climate change is to understand the environment around us, and how we as humans affect it through our daily activities. In support of the global fight against climate change, IDRN explores the changing nature of pollution, where environmental responsibility should lie, and how governments and international actors can coordinate to find solutions.
In the current landscape of emerging green claims, consumer trust in environmental claims is eroded due to the unreliability of such assertions. However, the PEF methodology could serve as an excellent means of conveying information about the environmental performance of products.
Negative emissions technologies (NETs) could be a key player in the EU reaching climate neutrality by 2050. However, they also face substantial challenges, such as cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and regulatory frameworks.
Germany, for decades, has been opposed to using nuclear energy. As energy prices soar, the Germans need to revisit their energy taboo.
The European Commission’s introduction of the CSRD is a major step towards promoting sustainable finance and responsible corporate behaviour in the global challenges of climate change and other sustainability issues.
As of 01 January 2023, both France and Germany ushered in new policies impacting fashion and textile firms aimed at curbing misleading labelling practices, bolstering environmental standards, and encouraging transparency along an opaque globalised supply chain.
The transportation sector accounts for a third of Europe’s energy use. With an energy crisis looming ahead, a re-evaluation of the systems that flow through our urban environments is central to transforming energy efficiency.
While higher-level governments may have more extensive resources, it is cities that are best positioned to ensure that the mobility ecosystem maximises value for its citizens – emphasising principles like sustainability, equity, and accessibility.
The European Union has emerged and asserted itself as a global leader within the climate discourse. It is essential that its current plans for actions at the transnational level avoid retracing history and instead provide a model of stewardship that will set a precedent for other nations to follow.
Since the OECD formally launched its Green Growth initiative in 2011, policy makers and business leaders alike have demonstrated significant interest in what has been presented as a new growth paradigm. Rather than placing emphasis on economic growth for its own sake, the Green Growth model prioritises purposeful, sustainable, and inclusive growth.
For the EU to succeed in an increasingly resource-scarce world, greater self-sufficiency and defence of robust supply chains will be of paramount importance.
The European Parliament must prioritise the restriction of SUP waste by limiting its use and informing the consumers of its effects on the environment in order to prevent it from entering and polluting the ecosystem and to protect our environment.
The European Commission will present a mammoth policy package to reach its emissions reduction targets. The proposal of a carbon border adjustment mechanism has been given particular attention given its ambition and complexity.
With increasing mainstream financial appeal and other international trading systems being developed, the EU’s ETS will be a useful tool in the fight against climate change. Policymakers will need to remain vigilant to keep it working effectively.
The uncertainty of Brexit provided an excuse for EU policymakers to delay reaching their sustainability targets, but it also shone a light on the outdated inadequacies of the current EU fisheries policy.