Energy

Competition 28-04-2017

Bulgaria sees risks in Commission’s ‘entente’ with Gazprom

Sofia will hold a conference call with the European Commission today (28 April) to make known its positions concerning a proposal to end a five-year antitrust case with Gazprom. The Bulgarian press has unveiled some of the country’s concerns.

28-04-2017

Will the EU move at the pace of its slowest members?

Bulgaria is trying desperately to save its coal industry from tighter pollution standards at the last minute, explains Genady Kondarev.

27-04-2017

Poland to receive its first LNG supplies from US in June

Poland will receive its first liquefied natural gas supplies (LNG) from the United States in mid-June as a result of a deal Polish gas firm PGNiG signed with Cheniere Energy, state-run PGNiG said today (27 April).

27-04-2017

Assisting neighbours becomes obligatory during gas crises

Council and Parliament negotiators reached an agreement Wednesday night (26 April) on the new security of gas supply regulation that aims at preventing gas supply crises.

Electricity 20-04-2017

Vattenfall CEO: Decarbonising electricity can boost its use for transport, heating and cooling

Europe should accelerate the decarbonisation of electricity in order to encourage its use for transportation and other sectors. The end game is a fossil free system where we could use a lot more green electricity, Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall told EURACTIV.com.

Electric cars 20-04-2017

Electricity sector eyes boom with cars set to lead switch from fossil fuel to green power

Europe will have to dramatically increase its electricity use if it is to stand any chance of achieving UN climate change mitigation goals agreed in Paris in 2015, the trade association Eurelectric argues in a report published on Wednesday (19 April).

Climate change 19-04-2017

French presidential candidates’ environmentalism often misses the point

Never before have so many presidential candidates taken such trouble to trumpet their environmental credentials. But this does not necessarily mean they know what environmentalism is all about. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

19-04-2017

EU should pave the way for G20 fossil fuel subsidy phase-out

The EU must step up and lead the push for the world’s big economies to end fossil fuel subsidies, writes Maeve McLynn.

Electricity 14-04-2017

Power to the people: Electrification is a winning strategy for Europe

As Europe gets ready for the next stage in the battle against climate change, electricity holds a vast potential that still lies untapped today, writes Kristian Ruby.

Biofuels 11-04-2017

Indonesia and Malaysia look to ‘kill’ Parliament’s palm oil ban

Indonesia and Malaysia said today (11 April) that they would send a joint mission to the EU aiming to prevent the implementation of a European Parliament call to phase out the use of biofuels based on vegetable oils by 2020.

10-04-2017

Algeria to discuss energy investment, long-term gas deals in EU talks

Algeria's energy minister will seek more investment from European Union states and discuss the renewal of long-term gas supply contracts with EU members during talks this week in Brussels, the ministry and an Algerian source said today (10 April).

10-04-2017

Iceland magma drilling project may revive giant UK power cable link

Scientists will study the possibility of producing geothermal energy from magma for the first time, in a $100 million project in Iceland, which if successful could produce up to 10 times more energy than from a conventional well.

10-04-2017

Denmark seeks to change law on pipelines amid Nord Stream 2 divisions

Denmark's government is proposing amending legislation to allow it to ban pipeline projects on the grounds of foreign and security policy, due to concerns raised by Russian efforts to build a disputed gas pipeline through Danish waters.

Electricity 06-04-2017

The end of coal: EU energy companies pledge no new plants from 2020

Companies from every EU nation except Poland and Greece sign up to initiative in bid to meet Paris pledges and limit effects of climate change. A report from EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian.

06-04-2017

Energy poverty: A blight on the EU

For something that blights the lives of between 50 and 125 million European citizens it is strange to discover that there is no EU-wide definition of 'energy poverty', writes Adrian Joyce.

Biofuels 05-04-2017

MEPs: Industry ‘self-regulation’ failed to prevent deforestation

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Tuesday (4 April) calling the Commission to phase-out the use of biofuels based on vegetable oils by 2020, and establish a single certification scheme to guarantee only sustainably produced palm oil enters the EU market.

04-04-2017

Poland to lead battle against Commission-Gazprom entente

Poland is spearheading criticism of the Commission's proposed “entente” that would end a five-year antitrust case against Gazprom for abusing its dominant position in eight countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

03-04-2017

Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Israel eye longest offshore gas pipeline

Italy, Israel, Greece and Cyprus pledged today (3 April) to move ahead with the world's longest undersea gas pipeline from the eastern Mediterranean to southern Europe, with support from the European Union.

Climate change 03-04-2017

Paris Agreement architect: Spain needs to contribute to decarbonisation strategies

Director of the European Climate Foundation Laurence Tubiana insists there needs to be a joint debate about which carbon emissions scenario Europe wants to be in by the mid-century. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Reformed carbon market must no longer fund coal

As the Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform enters its crucial trialogue phase, it is up to the European Parliament to fight its corner and ensure that future funding only goes towards projects that contribute to the clean energy transition, writes Joanna Flisowska.

EU shift towards a low carbon economy should be socially just

The revision of the directive governing the operation of the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been one of the most eventful lawmaking processes in recent years, writes Nikos Mantzaris.

Electricity 31-03-2017

EU energy forum feels winds of change in power sector

Although formal negotiations over a market design proposal are just beginning, a conference involving industry leaders and senior policymakers this week showed which way the winds of change are blowing in the electricity sector as the need to integrate intermittent wind and solar power increases.

30-03-2017

EU offers to negotiate Nord Stream 2 on behalf of members

The European Union has offered to negotiate with Russia on behalf of its member states about the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which aims to bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, Danish newspaper Politiken reported yesterday (29 March).

30-03-2017

Digitalisation takes centre stage at Brussels energy forum

Policymakers and industry leaders on Tuesday (28 March) called for an increase in digitalisation in keeping with the EU's energy efficiency directives.