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Eurelectric: EU carbon market reform ‘won’t get us to 2050’

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.

Energy 24-08-2017

Natural gas is key to German Energiewende, says association chief

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.

Electricity 12-07-2017

Energy and climate scenarios 2050

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The EU has set a long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. But getting there will be a huge challenge that will require a transformation of our energy system.

Energy 12-05-2017

Latent demand, not funding, is biggest obstacle for building renovation

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.

Energy 11-05-2017

Back to front: Struggle to renovate EU building stock persists

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.

Climate change 21-11-2016

2050 climate targets conceal a downturn in effort

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.

Climate change 16-11-2016

Germany positive about 2050 climate targets, 2020 looks less promising

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.

Climate change 07-12-2015

Five days left for Paris to save the planet

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.

Development Policy 02-12-2015

Development banks urged to learn from lessons of the past

A new study has shown that foreign investment has to be more targeted if the objective of limiting global warming to two degrees is to be achieved. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 30-11-2015

Green MP: Germany should phase out coal and combustion engines

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.

Energy 30-11-2015

COP21 could trigger a cleantech arms race

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.

Europeans test energy cooperatives to boost independence

EU officials look at Belgium as an example for cooperative energy projects, as the 28-country bloc looks to de-carbonise and gain more energy independence.

Energy 08-01-2014

EU study predicts clean energy, climate failure by 2050

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.

Climate change 22-11-2013

Halving EU emissions by 2030 is affordable, says Britain

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.

Climate change 15-11-2013

Yvo de Boer: It’s the climate, stupid!

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.

Climate change 04-03-2013

EIB ‘haunted’ by decision to fund Slovenian coal plant

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”.

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EU Renewables Strategy: How can policy and industry shape strategy for the decades ahead?

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 ?

Brexit 21-12-2011

Europe’s 2050 energy roadmap: The quiet revolution

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.

Development Policy 21-04-2011

Wind power in 2050

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.

Climate change 09-03-2011

‘2050 strategy’ builds on energy savings

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.

Brexit 18-02-2011

Wind and gas lobbyists scuffle over green claims

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.