EXCLUSIVE / Five weeks after voting down the ‘backloading’ (or withholding) of allowances to raise carbon prices, the European Parliament’s industry committee is proposing two far-more ambitious structural measures.
Billions of euros from the sale of EU carbon credits and free emissions allowances, given in exchange for commitments to diversify Poland’s energy mix, will instead be spent on coal and cutting the country’s budget deficit, climate campaigners have said.
Raising the European Union's 2020 emission reduction target from 20% to 30% would be much less costly than was assumed in 2008, and the effort could be shared fairly among governments, according to a draft EU document.
The European Union will cut its carbon emissions in 2020 by a bigger margin than it has pledged it would under United Nation climate change treaties, a meeting of the bloc's environment ministers was told on Wednesday (14 May).
European citizens are increasingly taking control of their energy supply, introducing secure, renewable sources, through community initiatives, writes Susann Scherbarth. At a time of precarious energy security, community energy needs to be explicitly recognised as part of the EU 2030 framework, which will be discussed by EU leaders next week.
Rebecca Harms, the president of The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has criticised the Energy Union project as outdated. In an interview with EurActiv Poland, she talks about alternatives for the project and their impact on Russia as well as climate change.
Despite deploying lobbyists and spending several hundred thousands of euros to derail Europe's energy and climate policy ahead of this week's Summit, BusinessEurope – the employers' umbrella organisation - did not succeed in integrating their campaign into the Summit's conclusions, writes Claude Turmes.