Energy

The journey from a coal union to the energy transition
The European Union in its present-day form is the result of various associations of individual states such as the ECSC and the EEC. These organisations were founded in the 1950s, in part to enable the production and trading of energy under common sets of rules. However, a truly coherent energy policy did not emerge until 2007 when the European Energy Strategy was first adopted. Current challenges include issues such as climate change and energy efficiency, the dependence on fossil fuel imports, the energy transition or the return of the US to fossil fuels.
Direct air capture uses chemical processes to strip CO2 out of the air, then recycles it for industrial use or locks it away. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP
Direct air capture uses chemical process... […]

Climate: Removing CO2 from the air no longer optional

The big question as COP26 nears is can major economies, by 2050, reduce emissions enough to deliver a carbon neutral world? Rising up the agenda are the tools to pull CO2 straight from the air
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it is aiming for "net zero carbon emissions" by 2050, a bold but necessary goal according to its CEO Willie Walsh. Photo: Daniel Slim / AFP
The International Air Transport Associat... […]

Zero net emissions by 2050: a huge challenge for the airline industry

How can passengers take 10 billion flights a year without contributing to global warming? The question of "greening" the international aviation sector by 2050 constitutes a huge task whose stakes can make the head spin, according to the airlines themselves
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