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23/01/2017

EU earmarks €4 million investment for Colombian energy projects

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Energy 23-01-2017

The real impact of palm oil and failed policies

The true negative impact of palm oil, the interests that the trade serves and the failure of policy to deal with deforestation and other consequences, write Jakub Kvapil, Stanislav Lhota and Zoltán Szabó
Energy 23-01-2017

Germany needs to start coal phase-out by 2019 to honour Paris targets

If Germany wants to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement then it must start phasing out coal as an energy source by the end of the decade, according to a major new study by WWF Germany. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 20-01-2017

Securing Europe’s energy future with efficiency and renewables

The European Commission's plans to deliver clean energy for all Europeans fail becuase they do not do enough to boost energy efficiency and renewables, writes Dr Yamina Saheb. Only a 40% EU-wide energy efficiency target makes sense.
Energy 20-01-2017

European power grid operators gear up for digital transformation

The next wave of digital innovation – and disruption – in the electricity sector will rely on artificial intelligence and Blockchain technology, according to the new boss of the European power grid operators association, ENTSO-E, who is drafting an IT roadmap for publication later this year.
Health & Consumers 20-01-2017

Polish pollution akin to smoking 4,000 cigarettes a year

Air pollution made headlines in Poland this week but the issue was not the only thing to worry Poles, as lack of transparency and corruption in government once again reared their heads. EurActiv Poland reports.
Energy 20-01-2017

Low-carbon economy expert: ‘We must not accommodate Trump’

Germany is a rich country that can afford to pay off coal workers and invest millions of euros in the affected regions, E3G’s Sabrina Schulz told EurActiv Slovakia.
Energy 19-01-2017

Croatia seeks to buy back its oil group from Hungarian investor

Croatia has stepped up plans to take full control of oil group INA by setting up a special group today (19 January) to prepare a proposal for a buyout of Hungarian energy company MOL's 49% stake.
Energy 19-01-2017

Commission insists Greece must privatise 66% of DESFA gas grid

Europe's top energy official said today (19 January) that Greek authorities should privatise a majority stake in Greek gas grid operator DESFA, after a deal collapsed last year.
Energy 18-01-2017

Greek power utility shareholders approve grid spin-off

Shareholders of Greece's power utility Public Power Corp. (PPC) approved yesterday (17 January) the transfer of a 51% stake in the power grid operator ADMIE, part of a spin-off scheme, which is a major term in Greece's bailout programme.
Energy 17-01-2017

Energising European recovery

Last year's Winter Energy Package contains the seeds of two fundamental economic and political requirements needed for the EU to prosper: returning some ‘power to the people’, alongside European investment and network integration, write a number of energy experts.
Energy 17-01-2017

Gazprom says exports to Germany hit record high in 2016

Russian gas producer Gazprom said yesterday (16 January) its gas exports to Germany hit a record high last year and have surged since the start of this year.

France's energy transition could create a million jobs

A group of French NGOs and trade unions has proposed an alternative route to translate Paris Agreement goals into social progress and jobs. The project would be financed using new resources and green monetary policy. EurActiv France reports.


Energy 13-01-2017

EU risks missing climate goals without ‘sustainable’ biofuels, experts warn

The European Commission’s proposal to gradually phase out "sustainable" first generation biofuels will prevent the EU from meeting its 2030 climate goals, experts claim.

From green bonds to solar roads: France's low-carbon revolution is taking shape

History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation. EurActiv's media partner edie.net reports.
Energy 11-01-2017

As Russia's gas market gets weaker, Europe gets stronger

The Southern Gas Corridor, pipeline interconnectors and LNG terminals, particularly in the northeast, have slowly but steadily been weakening Russia's pipeline hegemony, writes Agnia Grigas.
Energy 10-01-2017

Real-time energy data open to all

Electricity suppliers are increasingly using real-time data to visualise Europe’s energy grid in order to carry out their day-to-day work and it is information that is open to everyone. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel provides an overview.

Energy 10-01-2017

Romania turns down emergency energy request from Bulgaria

Bulgaria has made a request for the urgent supply of electricity from neighbouring Romania. But Bucharest refused, as consumption has peaked in both countries under unusually fierce winter conditions. EurActiv.com reports, in partnership with Dnevnik.
Energy 09-01-2017

Green MEP: Hungarian argument for Paks II nuclear project is invalid

There are players in the game who are ready to take the Pak II case to the European Court of Justice – and I am one of them, Benedek Jávor told EurActiv Czech Republic.
Energy 09-01-2017

Commission notes cast doubt over approval of Russian-backed nuclear project

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission was prepared to spoon-feed arguments to Hungary to close an investigation into the controversial €12 billion Paks II nuclear plant project, according to documents obtained by EurActiv.com
Energy 09-01-2017

How can Energy Union governance help put efficiency first?

Energy efficiency markets are driven by legislation. This is why a strong energy efficiency directive supported by a robust governance mechanism are key to delivering the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, argue Monica Frassoni and Harry Verhaar.
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Transport 09-01-2017

Measuring emission performance of Autogas cars

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Autogas vehicles bring significant reductions in NOx and particles emissions when compared to equivalent diesel and gasoline models respectively.
Energy 06-01-2017

Naftogaz official: The EU should not worry about another gas crisis

An official with Ukraine's Naftogaz told EurActiv.com today (6 January) that EU countries need not fear a disruption of gas supplies, despite Russian warnings that a harsh winter may trigger a crisis similar to those of 2006 and 2009.
Energy 04-01-2017

Commission proposal risks giving energy distributor foxes keys to henhouse

Energy distributors will play a crucial role in transforming Europe’s energy system. But as a self-interested industry group, empowering them to write and monitor the rules for it is a ludicrous way forward, warns Josh Roberts.
Energy 04-01-2017

EU earmarks €4 million investment for Colombian energy projects

The European Union is set to invest €4 million in Colombia to promote "unconventional" renewable energy projects after taking stock of a study carried out by the Development Bank of Central America (CAF). EurActiv Spain reports.