Frédéric Simon

Energy 02-12-2021

EU’s upcoming gas reform to address storage, joint procurement

A planned revision of EU gas market legislation, expected on 14 December, will seek to improve access to gas storage facilities and include provisions enabling the joint purchasing of gas stocks, the European Commission has said.
Energy 02-12-2021

EU countries clash over reforms needed to tackle energy price spike

Energy ministers from European Union countries are meeting in Brussels on Thursday (2 December) to debate their response to high gas and electricity prices, with countries still divided over whether the recent price spike calls for an overhaul of the bloc’s energy market rules.
Energy 02-12-2021

EU’s Simson calls for ‘gearshift’ in nuclear power investments

The EU's energy commissioner, Kadri Simson, called for a "gearshift on investments" in nuclear power in order to extend the lifetime of existing power plants and maintain current production levels until 2050. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 01-12-2021

Energy efficiency law ‘too ambitious’ for some EU member states

Just four months after the European Commission tabled its revised Energy Efficiency Directive, campaigners said they were “extremely worried” about attempts by some EU countries to dilute the proposal.

The Green Brief: Hat-trick for the German Greens

After 16 years in opposition, the Germans Greens are back in government, taking the reins of three powerful ministries – an unprecedented feat, which also strengthens their hand in Brussels as they now have a direct link to the new government in Berlin.

EU ponders 20% hydrogen-ready standard for gas boilers

New gas boilers placed on the European market could soon be required to operate with “at least 20% hydrogen” under new standards being envisaged at EU level.

Europe’s energy price hike fuelled by speculators, Spain and Poland say

In the face of rising energy prices, Spain and Poland have called for trading limits to be placed on the world’s largest carbon market, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Market analysts, however, say speculative positions are currently too small to be statistically significant.

The Green Brief: The future of gas

Europe's love affair with gas started around the North Sea in the 1950s with discoveries in the UK and the Netherlands. This is also where the industry’s future lies.
Energy 23-11-2021

LEAK: EU gas market overhaul puts consumers, hydrogen at the centre

A draft European Commission proposal to overhaul the EU gas market introduces new rights for consumers to choose their supplier but stops short of setting the targets demanded by industry to ramp up the consumption of renewable and low-carbon gases.
Climate change 23-11-2021

LEAK: EU strategy seeks to remove carbon from atmosphere

The European Commission will reward green farming practices like afforestation and soil conservation while putting rules to identify activities that “unambiguously remove carbon from the atmosphere” under draft proposals seen by EURACTIV.
Energy 23-11-2021

Consumer group: ‘Middle class people are also very much affected by rising energy prices’

The energy crunch has highlighted the high share of taxes paid by consumers for their gas and electricity. With the energy transition expected to cause further volatility on fossil fuel markets, a shift in energy taxation is now becoming an urgent priority, according to rights group Euroconsumers.

Energy crisis could worsen poverty for millions of Europeans

Energy prices have skyrocketed in the past months, increasing the concern that millions of Europeans will have to choose between paying their bills and putting food on the table this winter.

Europe cracks down on illegal waste exports, eases intra-EU trade

The European Commission put forward new rules on Wednesday (17 November) to crack down on the illegal shipment of waste to foreign countries, while easing procedures to trade recycled materials within the EU's borders.

The Green Brief, powered by The Greens/EFA – Europe’s tightrope walk with gas

In policy making, the decarbonisation of gas has left EU officials and lawmakers wobbling on a tightrope between Europe’s fossil-reliant past and renewable-led future.

Fit for 55: How to deliver ambitious climate targets while protecting consumers?

The EU Commission “Fit for 55” places Europe as the global leader on climate ambition. The EC package has charted a path to reach further decarbonisation in 2030, with a special focus on decarbonising transport and buildings.

The role of electrolytic hydrogen in the clean energy transition

Today, 95% of the hydrogen produced in Europe is of fossil origin and a major emitter of CO2. For the EU to achieve carbon neutrality, hydrogen must be produced in a way that emits low amounts of CO2.
Climate change 15-11-2021

‘A step in the right direction’: EU reacts to COP26 deal

The United Nations target of containing global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius “remains within reach, but the work is far from done,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission.

Media Partnership – Cracking the decarbonization code: How to put buildings at the core of the Fit for 55 package?

Buildings are at the center of our daily lives, where we work, live and rest. On average, people spend 80% of their lives inside buildings – from office buildings, schools, hospitals, to homes. With the Covid 19 crisis, we have never spent so much time indoors since the last 18 months.

The Green Brief, powered by Habitat for Humanity – Germany’s shambolic Energiewende

As the world focuses on the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the German government coalition talks are offering a no less fascinating stage for climate policy drama.

Canfin MEP: ‘Here is my proposal to find the right compromise on gas and nuclear in the taxonomy’

With proper safeguards in place, both gas and nuclear power can be included in the "transition" category of the EU's green finance taxonomy, says Pascal Canfin, a leading lawmaker in the European Parliament.

‘No Green Deal without digital,’ EU official says

Digital technologies have the potential to unlock carbon emissions cuts in sectors that were previously considered hard-to-abate, such as buildings, industry and agriculture, a European Commission official said.

The Green Brief: COP26 – the EU survival guide

Europe is coming in strong to COP26 and supporting several global initiatives. We bring you all the information from the summit from the EU perspective.

LEAKED: Paper on gas and nuclear’s inclusion in EU green finance rules

A proposal to bring both nuclear power and natural gas into the bloc’s green finance taxonomy is circulating in Brussels. The paper has been branded as a “scientific disgrace” by campaigners who warned it would damage the EU's credibility on green finance.
Climate change 01-11-2021

G20 leaders wrangle over climate ahead of COP26 summit

Leaders of the G20 world's major economies approved a global minimum tax on the largest companies on Saturday (30 October), but were still haggling over the pressing issue of climate change.