Global investment in renewable energy declined by 7% in 2017, its largest fall in over 15 years, as reported in the IEA’s World Energy Investment report. Although part of the drop-off was due to falling costs that made renewable sources like solar PV more affordable than ever, the investment decline still represents a warning.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has written to Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, to express his condolences for the loss of lives following forest fires in the country.
EU-funded scientists took the global warming battle literally to the streets of the cities that generate disproportionate heat fluxes, especially during increasingly prevalent heat waves. The URBANFLUXES team combined local readings and satellite-based data to map hot spots, which can help planners tackle the problem.
The European Commission’s plans to reduce EU funding for countries which show a lack of respect for the rule of law need better criteria and clearer safeguards for beneficiaries of EU programmes, according to an Opinion published today by the European Court of Auditors.
On 11 July 2018, EU ambassadors agreed the Council’s position on the 2019 EU draft budget in advance of negotiations with the European Parliament
Next year’s EU budget should focus on young people, say MEPs, in a resolution voted on Thursday. Other priorities are growth, security, fighting climate change and migration.
The SDGs framework has the potential to provide a useful overarching framework to further the debate on Europe’s political priorities, with a view to pursuing social, economic and environmental sustainability both within the Union and globally. However, this requires increasing the political buy-in across sectors.