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03/12/2016

MEPs back pollution rules in bid to save 200,000 lives a year

Energy


Energy 02-12-2016

Pipelines and LNG in Europe: Competitors or complementary projects?

The presence of alternative supplies – in the form of liquefied or pipeline gas fixing a price ceiling - and a well-functioning, competitive EU gas market, will hedge European consumers against high energy prices, writes Danila Bochkarev.

Report: EU on track to meet 2020 target for renewable energy

EU countries are on track to meet their 2020 targets for renewable energy and emissions cuts but could fall short of ambitious longer-term goals, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Thursday (1 December).
Energy 01-12-2016

Winter Package leaves citizens out in the cold

The European Commission’s raft of energy policy proposals not only threatens to derail efforts to fight climate change, it squanders a chance to make the EU more relevant for its citizens, writes Jorgo Riss.
Energy 01-12-2016

Commission under fire over post-2020 biofuels targets

The European Commission came under heavy criticism yesterday (30 November) after proposing to phase-out conventional biofuels by 2030.
Development Policy 01-12-2016

Post-Cotonou Agreement will to tackle migration crisis

The EU will renew the framework for relations with the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) by 2020. The bloc could demand closer cooperation in the return and readmission of illegal migrants. EurActiv France reports.
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

Privatisation of Greek gas grid operator DESFA fails

Greece said yesterday (30 November) that talks to sell a 66% stake in gas grid operator DESFA to Azerbaijan's state-owned oil company, SOCAR, were not successful.
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.
Promoted
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

Podcast: World Energy Outlook

Renewables and natural gas are expected to be the big winners in meeting energy demand growth until 2040.


Energy 30-11-2016

Nuclear referendum fails to mollify Swiss energy debate

Given the polarisation of the debate and high share of undecided respondents, it comes as no surprise that politicians went back into campaigning mode after the nuclear referendum in Switzerland on Sunday (27 November), write Rolf Wüstenhagen and Adrian Rinscheid.
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 29-11-2016

Gazprom gets greater access to Germany's Opal gas pipeline

Germany's energy regulator and Gazprom have agreed terms of a deal giving the subsidiaries of the Russian group greater access to the Opal gas pipeline, which the European Union approved a month ago.

EU stalls pledge to carry out independent checks on car emissions

Plans for independent checks of how much pollution new cars emit are being killed off by EU member states, according to leaked documents seen by EurActiv's partner The Guardian.
Security 28-11-2016

Solana: Brexit could boost European defence

The European Union has spent two years preparing to unify its energy market. Former EU High Representative Javier Solana told EurActiv Spain that the Energy Union has to be made a reality as quickly as possible, as well as increasing security cooperation.
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.
Energy 25-11-2016

Who is trying to kill EU ambition on renewables and energy savings?

In one week the European Commission is expected to present its big energy package for 2030. It remains uncertain if the optimistic promises to put energy efficiency first and make the EU a global leader in renewable energy will be fulfilled, writes Roland Joebstl.
Promoted
Energy 25-11-2016

The benefits of waste-to-energy

Prevent, reuse, recycle and recover the best from what is left.
Special Report
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.
Special Report
Energy 24-11-2016

European power grid on cusp of storage revolution

SPECIAL REPORT / An electricity market revamp could see battery storage go mainstream. But questions remain over who will put the infrastructure in place.
Health & Consumers 23-11-2016

MEPs back pollution rules in bid to save 200,000 lives a year

The European Parliament today (23 November) voted in favour of new EU rules to cap air pollution, which will curb the single largest environmental cause of premature death in urban Europe.