Energy & Environment

Electricity 16-08-2017

Hulot’s anti-nuclear credentials called into question as protest turns violent

Violence erupted on 15 August at a demonstration against French plans for a radioactive waste burial site in the north-eastern town of Bure. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, once a vocal opponent of the project, has refused to take sides. EURACTIV’s partner Oust-France reports.

Greece seeks EU help as wildfires rage

Firefighters battled wildfires raging northeast of Athens for a third day yesterday (15 August) as Greece asked for help from its European partners to prevent them from spreading.

Electricity 15-08-2017

France-Italy energy link secures hefty EU loan

The European Investment Bank has agreed to lend an Italy-France interconnector project €130 million to support investments.

Energy 15-08-2017

EU ready to roll out new vacuum cleaner rules

New EU rules on vacuum cleaners come into force next month, as Brussels looks to improve energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

Energy 14-08-2017

Coal expansion plans up in smoke as Europe realises mistake

Substantial coal power expansion in Europe has been significantly scaled back in recent years after utility companies realised they bet on the wrong horse, according to a new study by the University of Oxford.

Electric cars 14-08-2017

Rise of electric car solves little if driven by fossil fuels, warns windfarm boss

The rise of electric cars will be an empty victory for the environment if they are powered by fossil fuels instead of renewables, according to the UK boss of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm developer. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Transport 14-08-2017

Schulz uses dieselgate to invigorate his campaign

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief challenger in a September election, Martin Schulz, launched a stinging attack on the country's dieselgate-tainted car industry on Sunday (13 August) as he sought to turn around a flagging campaign.

Transport 08-08-2017

German financial watchdog probing carmakers’ ‘cartel’

Germany's financial regulator confirmed on Monday (7 August) it is investigating whether Volkswagen and Daimler failed to notify investors properly following reports that they informed cartel authorities of secret talks with other carmakers that could amount to collusion.

08-08-2017

US sanctions against Moscow change Europe’s energy dependency

The growth of shale gas extraction is positioning the United States to be a bigger natural gas exporter, potentially challenging Russia's hold on the European market.

Europe's East 08-08-2017

Astana Syria talks show Kazakhstan’s political independence from Moscow

In proposing Astana as the venue for the Syrian peace negotiations, Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev certainly wasn’t expecting Turkey, one of the main regional players and a NATO member, to block the adoption of documents aimed at establishing the so-called “de-escalation zones” plan in Syria. Nevertheless, the temporary failure to achieve a result is rather a setback for Moscow, not for Astana.

07-08-2017

EU asks top court to speed up case against Poland over logging

The European Commission has asked the European Court of Justice to speed up a case against Poland over logging in its ancient forest, which has continued despite an order by the bloc's top court to stop immediately, an official said.

Climate change 07-08-2017

Deadly heatwave ‘Lucifer’ hits Europe

Swathes of southern Europe sweltered on Saturday (5 August) in a heatwave that has claimed several lives, cost billions in crop damage and is, scientists warned, a foretaste of worse to follow in coming decades.

Air Pollution 07-08-2017

UK government adviser warns electric cars are not total air pollution solution

Cars must be driven out of cities to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, not just replaced with electric vehicles, according to the UK government’s top adviser. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Europe's East 04-08-2017

EU sanctions Russian deputy minister over Siemens turbines to Crimea

The European Union on Friday (4 August) imposed sanctions on three more Russians, including Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Cherezov, and three Russian companies over the delivery of Siemens' turbines to Moscow-annexed Crimea.

Energy 04-08-2017

Desert solar project could power 5 million EU homes

A consortium of clean energy developers has applied for permission to build a gigantic solar power plant on the edge of the Sahara desert, which will be linked to Europe by a number of undersea cables and could power over 5 million homes.

Brexit 04-08-2017

EU fishing boats can operate in UK waters after Brexit, says Gove

The UK's environment minister has told the Danish fishing industry that boats from EU countries will still be able to operate in British waters after Brexit, as the UK does not have enough capacity to catch and process all its fish alone. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

04-08-2017

Poland accused of ignoring EU ruling on protected forest logging

Environmental activists have accused Poland of ignoring an order from the EU's top court to stop large-scale logging in one of Europe's last ancient forests - an allegation dismissed by Warsaw.

Energy 03-08-2017

Kazakhstan’s geopolitical tightrope: Between Russia and the West

Recent remarks by Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, who called on oil producers to show greater discipline in adhering to agreed-upon output cuts designed to raise the price of oil, have caught the attention of Kazakhstan.

Transport 03-08-2017

Dieselgate: How and where it all started

German government officials and automakers met in Berlin on Wednesday (2 August) to discuss the future of diesel vehicles, after a nearly two-year saga of scandal spread from Volkswagen to others in the sector. Here's a reminder of how it all started.

Air Pollution 03-08-2017

UK roads could be covered with ‘tunnels’ to fight air pollution

Major roads in the United Kingdom could be turned into tunnels covered with pollution-absorbing material in an effort to cut emission fumes and improve air quality. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Energy 02-08-2017

Trump signs Russia sanctions bill into law

US President Donald Trump has signed into law new sanctions against Russia that were passed overwhelmingly by Congress last week and that run counter to his desire to improve relations with Moscow.

Global Europe 02-08-2017

Will Germany be drawn into a trade war?

Washington’s decision to impose more sanctions on Moscow has been criticised by EU member states, particularly Germany. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Circular economy 02-08-2017

Moscow reaches landfill tipping point

Moscow is surrounded by 18 landfill sites where 11 million tonnes of waste are dumped every year. As Vladimir Putin considers running for president in 2018, the issue is emerging as a defining aspect of the looming election. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

Electricity 01-08-2017

Undersea power cable soldiers on despite WWII bombs

A large-scale energy interconnector project linking the United Kingdom to mainland Europe is pressing on, despite the discovery of wartime bombs and mines in the cable’s path.