The unfolding crisis in the coal sector is leaving Poland with a looming power generation gap which is forcing decision-makers to reconsider the country’s energy mix. But politicians have until now delayed hard decisions and a transparent debate about it, says Joanna Maćkowiak Pandera.
EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission is preparing an update of its low-carbon economy roadmap for 2050, acknowledging that the bloc’s current target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least 80% by mid-century are insufficient, EURACTIV.com has learned.
The energy transition requires deep CO2 emissions cuts of 80-95% across the economy by 2050, says Kristian Ruby. “And the current proposal won’t get us there,” he told EURACTIV.com as three-way talks to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme get underway.
The head of one of Germany’s main natural gas associations told EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel that the German government should back the fuel source as part of its energy transition, as well as advocating the use of power-to-gas technology.
A lack of demand for housing renovation – not a funding shortage – is the biggest obstacle to reaping the benefits of energy savings, seen as an unexploited 'golden goose' to tackle climate change and improve energy security.
The renovation of the EU's building stock is seen as critical in achieving the bloc's climate change targets. Ahead of the revision of key EU legislation in the sector, EURACTIV takes a hard look at what's on the table, the challenges ahead and how they can be addressed.
22 countries and a number of private companies promised at COP22 to present climate plans for 2050. But in the short term, most are reluctant to increase their current objectives. EURACTIV France reports.
Environmentalists have praised Germany for its ambitious 2050 emissions targets, where it is aiming for a 95% reduction in comparison to 1990 levels. But things are less rosy when it comes to its 2020 targets. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
SPECIAL REPORT / Delegates meet again in Paris this week for the final five days of negotiations to reach an international deal to cap global warming, painfully aware that much work remains to be done.
Toni Hofreiter, the co-chair of the German Green Party, sees the COP21 summit as just a starting point, and has called upon Angela Merkel to come up with a strategy to phase out coal. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
As COP21 kicks off, there is discord in Germany between politicians and scientists who expect strong economic impetus from a robust agreement, and industry leaders who fear an imbalance with national objectives. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The EU's decarbonisation of its energy sector will only cut emissions by half the amount needed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius in 2050, according to a business-as-usual scenario quietly released by the European Commission over the Christmas period.
Cutting the European Union's greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 would reduce economic growth by a fraction of a percent, Britain's minister for energy and climate change said on Thursday.
EXCLUSIVE / Politicians look at costs in a "stupid" way and need more "adult understanding" of the tight links between climate, the economy and energy, including energy security, the UN's former climate chief told EURACTIV in an interview.
An annual European Investment Bank (EIB) conference in Brussels on 28 February was eclipsed by colourful protests against a controversial EIB-funded Slovenian coal plant, described by a senior bank source as “one of those projects that tends to haunt you”.
The further expansion of Renewable Energies is key to achieving the EU climate targets set for 2050. Following the 2009 Renewables directive and the National Renewables Action Plans determining the growth path up to 2020, discussion has now started on the post-2020 Renewables policy.
Building on the EU Energy Roadmap 2050, the EU Commission has initiated the discussion with the recent renewables consultation followed by the Communication on Renewable Energy.
Are 2030 renewables targets needed ?
In the midst of an existential crisis, the EU’s recently released Energy Roadmap 2050 represents a rare opportunity for the bloc to demonstrate unity, vision and leadership, writes Will Andrews, from FTI Consulting Brussels, an advisory firm.
Wind is already Europe's second most important source of renewable energy, but by 2050 it should be both economically and technically feasible for it to become the continent's primary source of overall energy, argues Eberhard Rhein.
Europe must invest heavily in efficiency to limit spiralling energy costs and beat its own target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the European Commission said yesterday (8 March), unveiling plans to move to a competitive low-carbon economy by 2050.
The head of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has blown cold air on gas lobby claims that Europe could save €900 billion and still hit its 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets if it built more gas plants fitted with controversial carbon capture and storage technology.