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25/05/2016

Taking the Paris Agreement home to Europe

Topic: Renewable Energy


Energy 19-05-2016

Poland needs capacity market to avoid power shortages, says minister

Poland needs a power capacity market to help coal-fired power plants compete with producers of renewable energy and to avoid power shortages, the energy minister said on Wednesday (18 May).
Energy 12-05-2016

Italy cleaning up its act

Thirty-nine of Italy’s municipalities are now running on 100% renewable energy and utility bills are falling as a result. The rest of the country is also experiencing a green revolution of sorts. EurActiv’s partner Italia Oggi reports.
Energy 09-05-2016

Energy interconnection brings big emissions cuts for Malta as the EU loses ground

CO2 emissions in the EU rose by 0.7% in 2015, but Malta's interconnection with Sicily helped the island cuts its carbon footprint by more than a quarter. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 29-04-2016

Mimica: Emergency Trust Fund for Africa 'might not be a game-changer'

In a wide-ranging interview, Commissioner Neven Mimica tells EurActiv.com's Matthew Tempest about the executive's master plan for legal migration, as well as the limits of development aid to African states in the rough.
Energy 27-04-2016

EU curtailment rules could increase onshore wind costs by 17% by 2020

Economic curtailment is an issue not yet fully appreciated by most investors in renewable energy, but it has the potential to reduce the availability and increase the cost of investment, writes Brian O’Connell.

The EU needs to raise its climate ambition to secure investment in the future

The European Union must wake up to a new post-Paris Agreement reality. It needs an ambitious climate action plan to regain its credibility as a “climate leader” and send the right signals to investors, argues Hans-Josef Fell.
Energy 22-04-2016

An Energy Union for consumers: Better information and more choice

European energy companies must provide better information to consumers, helping them to understand what they are paying for and whether they getting value for money, writes Věra Jourová.
Energy 15-04-2016

Customers deserve to know why their energy costs are rising

Energy is a major EU economic policy. It fuels growth in living standards and is the backbone of a healthy economy. If Europe does not get its energy policy right, ultimately the economy as a whole suffers, writes Hans ten Berge.

Ségolène Royal backs Laurence Tubiana for top UN climate job

In a public U-turn, the French environment minister has backed Laurence Tubiana to be the next executive secretary of the UN’s climate change organisation. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

EU pushed towards ‘climate disclosure’ regime for investors

Pressure is building on global regulators and the European Commission to “stress-test” portfolios of large institutional investors against long-term objectives to reduce climate change, in a move that could shift billions in investment away from fossil fuels.
Energy 05-04-2016

Brussels weighs the cost of another century of nuclear power

The European Commission is supposed to make regular assessments of the member states' nuclear installations, a task that has not been carried out since 2008. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Brexit could create renewable energy ‘paradox’

The renewable energy industry faces a "huge paradox" in the event of Brexit, according to legal experts from a UK-based international law firm. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
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Energy 21-03-2016

Silicones in the energy landscape

“Energy Landscape” is the first of an exciting four-part mini-documentary series that profiles silicones as key technology enablers that will help to meet the world’s energy needs.
Energy 17-03-2016

Surge in renewable energy stalls world greenhouse gas emissions

Falling coal use in China and the US and a worldwide shift towards renewable energy have kept greenhouse gas emissions level for a second year running, one of the world’s leading energy analysts has said.
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Energy 25-02-2016

State of the Energy Union: Policy influencers debate the 1st year’s progress

A ranking of the top 40 policy experts with influence in EU Energy Union policy was unveiled at a debate on the “State of the Energy Union one year after its launch”.

Lost in the gas bubble

The Commission’s new gas strategy is an affront to the Paris agreement, at a time when we should be leading the global energy transition and leaving fossil fuels behind us, writes Claude Turmes.
Energy 15-02-2016

Bioenergy is the weakest link in EU renewable energy policy

As the Commission closes it public consultation on the future of the EU’s renewable energy policies, their success greatly depends on the questionable sustainability of bioenergy, writes Sini Eräjää.
Development Policy 12-02-2016

France attempts to overthrow Germany as top exporter of aid expertise

France's young international technical expertise agency has big ambitions, but in this sector dominated by Germany, European cooperation is a dirty word. EurActiv France reports
Development Policy 08-02-2016

Morocco launches solar power plant dubbed as 'largest in the world'

King Mohammed VI on Thursday (4 February) inaugurated Morocco's first solar power plant, a massive project that the country sees as part of its goal of boosting its clean energy output.
Energy 18-01-2016

2020 targets look out of reach as France cuts investment in renewables

French investment in renewable energies fell by half in 2015, placing the country's targets ever further out of reach. EurActiv France reports

Denmark breaks its own world record in wind energy

Danish wind turbines set a new world record in 2015. Wind power is now counted for 42.1% of the total electricity consumption in Denmark, according to data published on Friday (15 January).
Energy 15-01-2016

The North Sea: The untapped powerhouse of Europe

If the EU is to reap the benefits that the northern seas have to offer, a concerted effort is required both by the European institutions and the member states, write Claude Turmes, Theresa Griffin and Jeppe Kofod.
Energy 07-01-2016

Record-breaking year for UK wind energy

New data from the National Grid reveals that 2015 was a record-breaking year for wind energy generation, with onshore and offshore wind farms setting new weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual records. EurActiv's partner edie.net reports.

Taking the Paris Agreement home to Europe

The EU played a key role in making the unexpectedly strong Paris agreement on climate change happen.  It must now walk the walk and deliver increased climate ambition through its own energy union, argue Nick Mabey and Sandrine Dixson-Declève.