Anna Gumbau

Export subsidies are a ‘red line’ in EU carbon tariff negotiations, EU official says

The European Commission insists that exports from EU sectors covered by the bloc’s proposed EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) should not be subsidised, despite calls from energy-intensive industries and some lawmakers to include export rebates.

Meddling with EU carbon market could have ‘unintended consequences’, MEP says

A leading European Parliament lawmaker has warned against the potential “unintended consequences” of intervening in the EU carbon market, amid growing calls from some governments and industries to curb the activity of financial actors taking speculative positions in the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS).
Circular economy 11-02-2022

Brussels to address hazardous chemicals in EU green products initiative

The European Commission will seek to address “the presence of hazardous substances” in a wide range of products as part of its upcoming Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI), despite warnings from industry that it could conflict with the EU’s existing chemicals safety legislation.
Circular economy 02-02-2022

EU to tackle ‘green claims’ with unified product lifecycle methodology

The European Commission is preparing to table a proposal on 30 March that will force companies to substantiate their environmental claims, using an EU-wide methodology that has been in the making for nearly ten years.
Circular economy 01-02-2022

EU’s green products initiative to emulate eco-design, battery rules

The EU Sustainable Products Initiative, set to be adopted on 30 March, will draw inspiration from the successful Eco-design Directive and lessons learnt from the Batteries Regulation presented one year ago.
Energy 09-12-2021

Energy saving schemes need better targeting at poorest households, experts say

The ongoing energy price crisis has exposed the vulnerability of low-income households, many of whom struggle to access financial support, experts said in a roundtable organised last week (2 December) by the Brussels-based Coalition for Energy Savings.
Energy 09-12-2021

Niels Fuglsang MEP: Revised EU energy efficiency rules must trigger immediate action

The revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) must ensure that EU member states take action in the short term and do not delay their efforts until the end of the decade, says the EU lawmaker responsible for drafting the European Parliament’s position on the draft legislation.
Energy 27-10-2021

‘Always on’: The promise of new geothermal technologies

The ability of geothermal energy to provide baseload electricity and flexibility to heating and power systems will be invaluable in order to move towards a 100% renewables-based system, experts say.
Energy 25-10-2021

‘Closed-loop’ technology brings promise of geothermal anywhere

Geothermal energy has until now been constrained to areas with special geological conditions where the earth’s heat is close to the surface. Today, closed-loop technologies make geothermal accessible almost anywhere in the world, opening up new prospects for mass-scale deployment.
Energy 25-10-2021

‘Sun beneath our feet’: The European cities turning to geothermal

A growing number of cities in Europe are betting on geothermal to provide households with clean heating, but the little-known renewable energy source will need more attention from Brussels in order to scale up.