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06/05/2016

EU leaders must show greater ambition on climate action

Energy


Transport 04-05-2016

Courier giant ushers in ‘future of aviation’ with biofuels drive

The world's largest express transportation company, FedEx, is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
Development Policy 04-05-2016

Oxfam: German companies complicit in human rights violations

Forced relocation, violence and death: German companies Siemens and Voith are complicit in human rights violations through hydroelectric projects in countries such as Brazil and Honduras, according to a report by Oxfam. EurActiv Germany reports.

The ultimate disruptor is Mother Nature

The Paris Agreement to tackle global warming is bigger than most realise and may be the signal that the marketplace was waiting for to unleash investment in clean technologies, writes Alice Garton.
Energy 02-05-2016

EPP takes strong position against Nord Stream 2

The centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the largest group in the European Parliament, has taken a strong position against Nord Stream 2, a Gazprom-favoured project to bring additional Russian gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Energy 02-05-2016

UK energy links to Europe at risk from Brexit, analysts warn

Efforts to link the UK's electricity grid with other European power networks would be set back if the UK decides to leave the EU, with some key projects likely to be put on hold, experts have told EurActiv.com.
Energy 02-05-2016

Germany's nuclear providers set to be hit with massive atomic phase out bill

German energy companies should pay €23.34 billion into a state fund to finance the country's phase out of nuclear power. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

EU court overturns carbon market free quotas in blow for big polluters

Europe's highest court on Thursday (28 April) ruled that the European Commission's calculation for handing out free carbon permits to industries was flawed, raising the prospect of higher costs for big energy users.
Transport 28-04-2016

VW and Shell accused of trying to block EU push for electric cars

VW and Shell have been accused of trying to block Europe’s push for electric cars and more efficient cars, by saying biofuels should be at heart of efforts to green the industry instead.
Energy 28-04-2016

Cañete: EU needs €200 billion more in energy investment

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete today (28 April) said  that the Juncker Plan had mitigated a slump in energy and environment funding. EurActiv Spain reports.
Energy 28-04-2016

Cities want to deliver on energy efficiency, but fear obstacles

Local and regional governments are crucial to a more energy efficient Europe. Accounting rules should help deliver not hinder the creation of climate and security-friendly jobs and growth from this sector, write Tine Heyse, Eva Schobesberger and Valentí Junyent i Torras.

Lucas: ‘Worrying’ link between Leave camp and climate change denial

Energy policies would be rolled back, demand for environmental experts would drop and Britain's voice in global climate change talks would be lost if it votes to leave the EU, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas told EurActiv’s partner edie.net in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 27-04-2016

EU wants to boost Arctic ties with Russia despite Ukraine tensions

The EU is ready to step up cooperation with Russia on the future of the Arctic despite tensions between Brussels and Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday (27 April).


Energy 27-04-2016

EU curtailment rules could increase onshore wind costs by 17% by 2020

Economic curtailment is an issue not yet fully appreciated by most investors in renewable energy, but it has the potential to reduce the availability and increase the cost of investment, writes Brian O’Connell.
Energy 26-04-2016

Digitalisation: Where are the German digital utilities?

In Germany, a lot has been written about two energy megatrends of our time, liberalisation of energy markets and decentralisation of the energy landscape. What we think has been neglected is a third megatrend: digitalisation.
Sustainable Dev. 26-04-2016

MEPs push for 2025 carbon market review to boost climate action

EXCLUSIVE/ The EU’s Emissions Trading System – currently being reviewed – could be revised again in 2025 to bring it in line with stronger international climate targets called for by the Paris Agreement on global warming, under proposals being scrutinised by leading MEPs today.
Energy 26-04-2016

Ukraine commemorates 30th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident

Ukraine today (26 April) marks 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl killed thousands and forced a global rethink about the wisdom of relying on atomic fuel.

Biodiesel worse for the environment than fossil fuels, warn green campaigners

Instead of reducing emissions, using biodiesel in transport will increase polluting emissions by 4%, the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020, green campaigners have said.

Germany urged to rethink climate goals

German environmental groups have called upon the government to up national climate protection targets and have called a recent amendment to the country's Renewable Energy Act (EEG) "counterproductive". EurActiv Germany reports.
Central Europe 25-04-2016

Poland’s Duda slams EU's lack of 'solidarity' with Eastern Europe

Polish President Andrzej Duda defied European Union criticism of his country's government yesterday (24 April), accusing the bloc of showing "too little solidarity" with its eastern members.

UK diesel car emissions ‘five times over EU limit’

Claims by Westminster that it is "leading the push" for greater emissions testing in diesel cars have been branded as "misleading", after a government investigation revealed that some vehicles are still producing up to 12 times the EU maximum limit for road-tested emissions. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
Energy 22-04-2016

American LNG declares price war on pipeline gas in Europe

A tanker loaded with US natural gas is en route to Portugal. It may not appear to be newsworthy, but it is considered a game changer, as this is the first shipment in a trade relationship that could shake up the EU market, which relies heavily on Russian pipeline gas.
Energy 22-04-2016

An Energy Union for consumers: Better information and more choice

European energy companies must provide better information to consumers, helping them to understand what they are paying for and whether they getting value for money, writes Věra Jourová.
NewsSpecial Report

Energy Union boss wants wave of public finance to spur building renovations

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission's Energy Union chief Maroš Šefčovič is pushing for new public financing instruments to kick-start a wave of building renovation in Europe.

EU leaders must show greater ambition on climate action

To show leadership abroad, the EU must show its credentials through commitment to action. 2016 offers the perfect moment to do this, by pushing through a significant package of climate and energy legislation, write Montserrat Mir, Wendel Trio and Eliot Whittington.