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03/12/2016

Building industry demands stronger leadership on energy efficiency

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Energy 01-12-2016

Backdoor for coal subsidies remains half open under new EU rules

While it may seem like a gesture to coal-dependent countries such as Poland, the Winter Package of EU energy market rules, presented yesterday (30 November), will make using coal subsidies more difficult, writes Izabela Zygmunt.
Energy 01-12-2016

EU champions ‘people power’ but devil lies in the detail

The European Commission's Winter Package of energy proposals, unveiled yesterday (30 November), is set to boost household and local power generation, but obstacles remain.
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Energy 01-12-2016

Imagine a future...

The European Commission just launched (30 November 2016) a significant package of legislative and policy proposals on many aspects of the Energy Union. It includes proposals for changes to the energy efficiency legislation that affects buildings.
Energy 30-11-2016

Buildings: The forgotten dimension of energy efficiency

Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings is an area where EU action can make a big difference for citizens, while their digitalisation and integration into the energy system are indispensable for creating jobs and growth, and driving innovation, writes Lars Tveen.
Energy 30-11-2016

Commission defends new energy rules and climate ambition

The European Commission today (30 November) defended its 30% energy efficiency target, as opposed to the higher goal called for by MEPs and campaigners, as it unveiled "clean energy“ plans to boost renewable use, cut waste and reduce subsidies for coal power.
Energy 30-11-2016

European companies criticise EU's lack of vision on renewables

As the European Commission publishes its long-awaited "Winter Package" of energy laws, European companies are speaking out on the need for binding national targets for renewable energies. EurActiv France reports.
Energy 30-11-2016

EU unveils Winter Package of power market reforms

EU regulators will unveil reforms on Wednesday (30 November) to promote a greater share of renewables in Europe's grid by 2030, with plans to cut energy use by 30%, phase out subsidies for coal-fired plants and enforce greater cross-border trade.
Energy 28-11-2016

Commission sets up EU's next energy efficiency battle

The European Commission will announce increased EU energy efficiency targets on Wednesday (30 November). But it will face resistance from member states opposed to binding, more ambitious rules, and from the European Parliament, which has demanded much higher goals.
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Energy 25-11-2016

Lawmakers eye excluding coal from EU energy transition funds

SPECIAL REPORT / Provisions in the EU’s carbon market designed to help poorer countries move to low carbon energy are being abused to subsidise fossil fuels and need to be dropped, 31 organisations and networks campaigning to end coal have said.
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Energy 23-11-2016

EU throws in the towel over national energy support schemes

SPECIAL REPORT / EU member states have pressed ahead with a variety of schemes to remunerate energy generators for keeping power plants on stand-by, despite warnings from Brussels. It now seems certain that such "capacity mechanisms" will remain a fact of life, at least for the foreseeable future.
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Energy 23-11-2016

Analyst: ‘Member states can strong-arm Brussels on energy policy’

SPECIAL REPORT / From nuclear plants in the UK and Hungary to coal-fired power stations in Germany, member states always manage to forge ahead with their energy projects, according to Georg Zachmann, who calls on EU leaders to sit down and seriously discuss the Energy Union’s governance.
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Energy 22-11-2016

Eurelectric boss: ‘Orchestrated’ power markets must end

SPECIAL REPORT / If European Union leaders don’t believe markets can work, then there’s no point having a carbon price to encourage renewable energies. And the energy market will always be “orchestrated” by national governments keeping fossil fuels subsidised, says Hans Ten Berge.


Energy 21-11-2016

Electricity in transition

Europe’s electricity system is on the cusp of a deep revolution, driven by the imperative of decarbonisation and the move towards decentralised renewables energy production.
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Energy 16-11-2016

Respiratory illnesses and their cost to European governments

Inadequate housing is a major contributor to respiratory illnesses. That is why the VELUX Group is calling for increased political focus on renovation aimed at healthier homes.
Energy 10-11-2016

Beyond ‘toastergate’: Using small things to go big – the smart way

This European Commission famously promised to focus on the big policy picture and avoid petty regulations. But small things can grow into something big, for example on energy efficiency and eco-design rules for electric appliances, writes Ingrid Holmes.
Energy 26-10-2016

Is Appliance-gate on the horizon?

Ahead of the annual review of Ecodesign and Labelling measures by the college of Commissioners, the executive was asked by political leaders and NGOs to unfreeze the Ecodesign and Labelling process, stalled for over a year, and to expand the scope of regulated products, Dr Yamina Saheb analyses the issue.
Energy 13-10-2016

An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid

Data has been transmitted across a national electricity grid for the first time, in what could be a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations, where many thousands of homes and businesses combine to manage electricity use more smartly.
Energy 10-10-2016

Hungarian MEP: Nuclear energy's ‘hidden subsidies’ must end

Atomic energy is not competitive in the energy sector and must not be artificially preserved at the expense of renewable alternatives, Benedek Jávor, Green MEP and member of Nuclear Transparency Watch, told EurActiv Slovakia.
Sustainable Dev. 30-09-2016

NGOs criticise the Juncker Plan's green credentials

15% of Juncker Plan funding supports fossil fuel projects, according to a report by group of NGOs, which raises serious questions about the investment plan’s consistency with the EU's climate objectives. EurActiv France reports.
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Transport 30-09-2016

Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

SPECIAL REPORT / The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming.
Energy 29-09-2016

Time to get holistic on energy

The EU needs to stop treating all energy sources as if they were equally desirable when it comes to energy savings. This approach undermines the promotion of renewables, with negative effects for the EU’s energy independence, writes Anders Stouge.
Energy 28-09-2016

Co-op chief: People can produce most of their energy themselves

Half of Europeans could have solar panels on their roofs by 2050. And the trend won’t stop as small-scale energy cooperatives bring in eight times more revenue to local authorities than big utilities, argues Dirk Vansintjan.
Energy 27-09-2016

Study maps potential of ‘energy citizens’ in push for renewable power

Half of EU citizens – including local communities, schools and hospitals – could be producing their own renewable electricity by 2050, meeting 45% of the EU’s energy demand, according to new research published on Monday (26 September).
Energy 26-09-2016

Building industry demands stronger leadership on energy efficiency

Leading voices from Europe’s building industry have called on the Commission to do more to improve the energy efficiency of Europe’s building stock, saying this would benefit the economy and the climate.

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