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Energy 22-05-2017

EU energy ministers warned over dilution of energy savings ambition

The EU’s 28 energy ministers have underlined the “flexibility” necessary to achieve the bloc’s energy savings objectives for 2030, calling into question the European Commission's ambition to put "energy efficiency first", insiders have warned.

Energy 17-05-2017

Stronger together: The EU’s energy and climate governance

Governance is not about imposing new obligations to member states. It is about mobilising and coordinating all relevant actors, including cities and regions. Europe is changing. Europe is greening. Let’s embrace this change rather than falter, write Michèle Rivasi and Claude Turmes.

Energy 16-05-2017

Cooling and refrigeration sector: the Cinderella of the EU’s energy system

One of the main reasons the cooling and refrigeration sector is under-represented in the EU energy debate is the poor self-organisation of interested stakeholders, given they're spread out among multiple industrial branches, writes Kostadin Fikiin.

Energy 08-05-2017

Trillions of euros of energy efficiency investment up for grabs

European Union policymakers have made energy efficiency, particularly in buildings, central to their plans to create an Energy Union. But they must convince private investors to unlock trillions of euros of capital.

Climate change 05-05-2017

Half-time for the Juncker Commission

The European Commission has just reached the midpoint of its mandate, providing a good opportunity to look back at the first two and a half years in office, and think about the remaining time ahead, writes Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič.

Energy 16-03-2017

Bendtsen: We need pension fund investment to kickstart renovation revolution

Pension funds are looking to invest money and interest rates are low, the lead MEP on the EU’s building energy performance bill has said. Unlocking that capital will boost Europe’s low renovation rates, increase energy efficiency and cut household bills, Bendt Bendtsen told EURACTIV.com.

Energy 09-03-2017

Green future can’t happen without consumers

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, a top European Commission official, declared that Europe’s transition to a green future will be impossible without the support of consumers, but admitted that the executive had been terrible at communicating its work, during a panel discussion held today (9 March).

Energy 28-02-2017

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to connect to EU energy market

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to diversify its energy supplies, which are dominated by UK imports, and connect its energy market to continental Europe, Ireland’s energy minister said yesterday (27 February).

Energy 27-02-2017

EU’s clean energy package gets national support

Negotiations for the third version of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package have officially begun.

Energy 17-02-2017

The Brief: Beware of white elephants

White elephants are not an endangered species. They are positively thriving and the EU needs to be careful its Energy Union plans aren't trampled by them.

Climate change 14-02-2017

Distrust of construction industry could put EU building renovations ‘at risk’

European Union plans to spur building renovation risk being hindered by distrust in the construction industry, a conference on the bloc’s flagship energy strategy heard last Wednesday (8 February) in Brussels.

Energy 07-02-2017

Energy Union is about re-inventing our economy

The European Commission's Winter Package of Energy Union laws will be a turning point for clean energy, writes Maroš Šefčovič. But the spirit of the package goes further than clean energy or tackling climate change – it’s also about economic transformation, he argues.

Energy 02-02-2017

UN climate deal will stop EU ignoring energy efficiency, says Commission

New EU energy efficiency laws will not be dogged by the problems of the past because civil leaders and businesses have bought into the need to fight climate change, the European Commission’s Energy Union chief said yesterday (1 February).

Climate change 01-02-2017

Sluggish renewables investment poses challenge to EU energy plans

European investment in renewables has dropped by half since 2011 but the EU remains “well on track” to hit its 2020 target of boosting the sector by 20%, the European Commission said today (1 February) as it launched its second report on its Energy Union strategy.

Energy 27-01-2017

Sefcovic: ‘Everybody wants to be on good terms with us’

Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič told EURACTIV.com that the Trump administration may be more protectionist than its predecessor. But he is not worried about the impact on the energy market, despite Europe’s immense import needs.

Digital 23-01-2017

Europe’s cities are key to empowering ‘energy citizens’

Cities need to be at the centre of Europe's energy policies because they create sustainable supplies and boost job growth, writes Anna Lisa Boni.

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.

Energy 22-12-2016

Commission and member states clash over capacity mechanisms

The European Commission fears that capacity mechanisms would just translate into subsidies for coal power plants. Therefore, installations exceeding emission limits should not take part in support schemes, according to a proposal under the Energy Union's Winter Package. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

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 23-11-2016

A successful Energy Union can sell benefits of EU to the masses

Policymakers from the member states have praised the European Commission's Energy Union initiative. But this unanimous assent has raised eyebrows at a time when the idea of the EU itself is under attack, writes Dr Nikolas Wölfing.

Energy 23-11-2016

Analyst: ‘Member states can strong-arm Brussels on energy policy’

From nuclear plants in the UK and Hungary to coal-fired power stations in Germany, member states always manage to forge ahead with their energy projects, according to Georg Zachmann, who calls on EU leaders to sit down and seriously discuss the Energy Union’s governance.

Energy 17-11-2016

Renewables energy expert: “They are gambling away a huge opportunity”

The EU has some big plans in climate protection, as well as the targets of the Paris Agreement to meet. The road ahead seems bumpy, especially since leaked Commission documents revealed renewable energy will be bumped down the list of priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Climate change 10-11-2016

Time for an EU climate policy 2.0?

The European Commission will soon release its second annual report on the State of the European Energy Union. This is a pivotal moment in the EU's political calendar, write Teresa Ribera and Thomas Spencer.