Wind accounted for more than 85% of green electricity used in 12 months to end of June

Northern Ireland is beating its green energy target as more than 40 per cent of the electricity consumed there comes from renewable sources. The news(...)

Targets can be met through strong development of renewable and nuclear energy to drive large-scale electrification of the EU’s energy systems, the European Commission said. Photograph: iStock

Europe will be climate neutral by 2050, the European Commission has pledged. Although largely an aspirational target, which will not affect current n(...)

The EU Parliament’s environment committee has approved a proposal to enforce targets that would see, by 2025, car makers compelled to have 20 per cent of sales made up of full-electric vehicles

The EU could be on the verge of introducing tough new targets for the sales of electric cars, in the wake of findings that car makers are already chea(...)

Activists hold a sit-in at  COP23 in Bonn. Photograph: Epa/Philipp Guelland

Stronger Chinese economic growth and greater use of coal will push global greenhouse gas emissions to a record high in 2017, according to a report iss(...)

EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said the EU and China were “joining forces to forge ahead on the implementation of the Paris agreement and accelerate the global transition to clean energy”. Photograph: Chema Moya/EPA

China and the EU will forge an alliance to take a leading role in tackling climate change in response to Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of(...)

A former coal mine sits empty in Letcher County, Kentucky. A report by the US department of energy in January said 43 per cent of the workforce in electric power generation, or about 374,000 workers, were employed in the solar sector.  Photograph: George Etheredge/The New York Times

Nations led by China and the European Union rallied around a global plan to slow climate change on Wednesday after US president Donald Trump began und(...)

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme offers a market where heavy emitters are obliged to buy carbon credits, the price of which has fallen dramatically since 2008.  Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

The expert group which advises the Government on climate change has come out in favour of a minimum price for carbon under the EU Emissions Trading Sc(...)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten: “It is important to narrow the gap. That means we don’t throw the towel in.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The Minister with responsibility for climate change has said Ireland faces “real issues” in trying to meet the EU’s 2020 targets on climate. Minist(...)

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed: Called for the European Commission to allow the deferral of super-levy liability payments by farmers. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has called for measures to address the crisis in the dairy sector at meeting of European Union agriculture mini(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan who is due to attend an  EU foreign ministers’ to discuss the situation in the Middle East. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said his preference is for a Fine Gael-Labour coalition after the general election, but warned of a (...)

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