All articles by Dave Keating

Senior writer Dave Keating is a US journalist and conference moderator covering European affairs from Brussels, with a focus on environment and energy. He has worked for France24 and Forbes. Contact Dave at: dave.keating [at]

Dave Keating


With renewables deployment under way, now comes the hard part – storage

Construction of Europe’s largest clean energy hub is about to commence in Germany, and the importance it is placing on storage reflects the next big focus for the energy transition.

Opinion: despite von der Leyen’s reassuring words, the EU Green Deal is in trouble

The Commission president has tried to reassure the European Parliament that she is resisting pressure from her conservative EPP group to rein in the deal’s ambition, but Ursula von der Leyen’s political incentives are not in the Green Deal’s favour.

European Parliament mulls rejecting EU climate commissioner nominee

Many MEPs from the Left, Liberals and Greens are not happy about the conservative Dutch politician Wopke Hoekstra being in put in charge of climate. But with less than a year left in the EU term, is this a battle worth fighting?

As EU carbon border levy looms, businesses scramble to get ready

Some businesses and governments are pushing back against a new charge on imports of climate-unfriendly goods ahead of its start date on 1 October.

Can Poland dismantle the EU Green Deal with legal challenges?

Warsaw has challenged key pillars of President von der Leyen’s climate policy with the EU’s high court, and looks set to challenge more. If successful, it could upend EU energy policy.

Can a new EU law move people from planes to trains?

Passengers are usually unaware of train options because they don’t show up on search engines. An EU proposal coming in September aims to change that, but some worry it is already being watered down.

Opinion: as Europe burns, the centre-right is backing away from climate action. Why?

Rishi Sunak’s embrace of fossil fuels and internal combustion engines this summer follows a pattern among conservatives across Europe. Are they right to think that even with the current extreme weather, voters are tired of policies that fight climate change?

EU-Mercosur trade deal stalls on climate concerns

President Lula’s election has not unblocked progress on a free trade agreement that stalled under Bolsonaro’s climate policies. Now Brazil’s sovereignty concerns stand in the way of the EU getting the environment and energy guarantees it wants.

EU’s next climate push: decarbonising truck deliveries

The European Commission this month proposed a package of laws to cut emissions from the freight sector and shift EU cargo from road to rail.

New EU law aims to give Europe the ‘greenest batteries in the world’

A new EU battery regulation has become law following final agreement by MEPs and national governments. Can it reduce Europe’s dependence on foreign battery makers for electric vehicles and consumer goods?