Sustainable economic growth in EU external action: the EU – New Zealand Trade Agreement

3 July 2023 Environment

5 min

Despite their geographical distance the EU and New Zealand have a very close relationship, coupled with shared values and interests. They share a deep commitment to democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights and sustainable development. In fact, the EU has three main objectives to pursue in the Pacific region, which align with New Zealand’s own development work in the region, namely: support climate action, promote sustainable economic development and encourage fundamental values and good governance.

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What if we could use CO2 as a resource?

23 March 2023 Environment

3 min

[SPONSORED CONTENT] In Jülich, Germany, Synhelion has successfully used solar heat to convert CO2 and water to synthetic fuels. The Canadian company Carbon Cure has developed a technology to inject carbon dioxide into cement. When the carbon dioxide reacts with the cement, it is permanently stored in the concrete. In the western Netherlands, around 600 greenhouses use the carbon dioxide from industrial plants to enhance their yields, saving 250 kilotons of CO2 emissions from natural gas annually. These are just a few examples of existing projects or proposals in which carbon dioxide is used as a resource to aid the climate transition.

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Can Nuclear Energy be considered green?

6 March 2023 Environment European Politics

10 min

The debate whether  nuclear energy can be considered a green energy has been ongoing for decades, and both sides – those who agree and those that don’t – seem to be entrenched in their positions. However, the topic of nuclear energy has re-surged once again. The reason for this is the current energy crisis taking place in the EU and the urgent need to find alternative energy sources and lower the European energy market’s dependency on Russian supplies.

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Green or pink? Another missed opportunity to strengthen the role of women in climate action

12 January 2023 Environment Gender/equality

7 min

When dealing with the COP27, the word “green” is often mentioned: green policies, greenwashing, European Green Deal, the Green Zone… One colour that seems to be missing, however, is pink. In a somewhat consciously stereotypical way, we are talking about gender representation. It is necessary to understand how effectively gendered policies designed to fight climate change have been implemented.

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