Frédéric Simon

Energy 14-06-2018

EU strikes deal on 32% renewable energy target and palm oil ban after all-night session

Talks on renewable energy policy in Europe reached un unexpected breakthrough early this morning after negotiators from the European Parliament and  EU member states were able to reach a compromise on a 32% headline objective and a complete phase out of palm oil use in transport by 2030.
Energy 12-06-2018

Sovereignty row holds back EU’s new energy regulator

The European Union inched forward on Monday (11 June) in redefining the role of ACER, the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. But more discussions still lie ahead, with some EU countries worried about “unlimited competences” granted to the agency.
Energy 12-06-2018

Businesses, NGOs make joint plea for higher EU ambition on climate change

A unique coalition of businesses and investors representing over €21 trillion in assets have joined forces with local authorities and civil society groups to urge EU leaders to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy in order to keep global warming below 2°C.
Energy 11-06-2018

Germany pours cold water on EU’s clean energy ambitions

Voters across Europe have lost faith in politics partly because of “unachievable targets” on renewable energy, said German Energy Minister Peter Altmaier, who rejected calls from a group of other EU countries to boost the share of renewables to 33-35% of the bloc’s energy mix by 2030.
Energy 08-06-2018

‘Primary’ energy efficiency in focus as EU talks near finishing line

Public debate on energy efficiency has tended to focus on savings made by the end-user – whether in buildings or in consumer products like TV sets, lightbulbs, and vacuum cleaners, which have all grabbed headlines.
Energy 08-06-2018

Shifting politics offer fresh hope of EU deal on clean energy laws

The Bulgarian Presidency of the EU has tabled fresh options for the bloc’s energy ministers who are meeting on Monday (11 June) to finalise their position on three laws that will shape Europe’s energy and climate policy until 2030.

G7 countries pour $100bn a year into oil, gas and coal: study

Each year, at least US$100 billion goes to support the production and consumption of oil, gas and coal, according to a major new study published on Monday (4 June). That is despite a promise from all G7 and G20 members to stop subsidising fossil fuels by 2025.
Global Europe 04-06-2018

Denmark, Russia lost in translation in the Baltic

Denmark and Russia had a diplomatic clash earlier this year over a report by the Russian public TV channel, NTV. EURACTIV.com looks into the issue as part of the “Fact or Fake” series, in partnership with France 24.
Energy 31-05-2018

EU outlines renewable energy policy options for 2030

European Union legislators have outlined a compromise deal on the bloc’s renewable energy policy for the coming decade, agreeing on a headline objective of 30-33% for 2030, sources said.
Energy 29-05-2018

Renewables in heating will tame oil market volatility, EU official says

Promoting renewable energies in the heating and cooling sector is “a productive investment” that will strengthen Europe’s resilience to the renewed volatility seen on oil markets since the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, a senior EU official told a EURACTIV event.
Energy 28-05-2018

Solar industry promises ‘jobs bonanza’ if EU lifts China duties

The European solar industry has urged the EU to end import duties on Chinese photovoltaic cells when anti-dumping measures expire in September, saying they are holding off a “jobs bonanza” in the sector.
Energy 24-05-2018

EU paves way for final showdown on energy ‘governance’ bill

European Union legislators made progress Wednesday (23 May) on a draft EU law that sets a “trajectory” for the deployment of renewable energies in Europe and puts in place a “gap-filler” mechanism to ensure the bloc meets its 2030 energy and climate objectives.
Energy 18-05-2018

Future of gas: Decarbonise or go bust

Widely accepted as a “transition fuel” until 2030 to help wean Europe from coal, gas is also positioning itself as a clean fuel in its own right beyond that date. But meeting the EU’s 2050 climate goals will require a deep transformation of the sector, amid growing competition from solar and wind power.

Under Pressure, with Nord Stream 2: ‘How often do you receive calls from Mr Putin?’

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project has come under intense scrutiny from the European Commission, which drafted a special directive last year to try and stop it. EURACTIV’s Frédéric Simon asked the awkward question to Nord Stream 2’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul Corcoran.
Transport 17-05-2018

Dutch call for ‘high’ emissions standards on trucks, cars

The Netherlands have called on Europe to aim high on emissions standards for trucks and cars, ahead of a much-anticipated proposal from the European Commission today (17 May), which will impose CO2 targets on trucks for the first time.
Energy 16-05-2018

Europe grapples with Dutch gas production ‘collapse’

For the first time, the Netherlands became a net importer of gas last year, reflecting the inexorable decline in production from Europe’s North Sea fields – an issue EU policymakers are only starting to come to terms with.
Brexit 16-05-2018

The UK’s self-inflicted Brexit ‘punishment’ over Netflix

An article by the Daily Express wrongly accused “Brussels” of seeking to restrict UK citizen’s access to online content after Brexit when they travel abroad. EURACTIV.com looks into the story as part of the “Fact or Fake” series, in partnership with France 24.
Energy 15-05-2018

Academic: ‘Huge progress’ in EU gas markets but supply still an issue

The integration of European gas markets has made strides over the last fifteen years, bolstering energy security in Eastern EU countries as a result, says Jonathan Stern. But the collapse of Dutch production means Russia will probably remain at the centre of the game for years to come, he cautions.
Energy 14-05-2018

Gas market liberalisation: An unsung EU success story?

The liberalisation of European gas markets is widely recognised as a major success by industry analysts. But EU politicians are reluctant to celebrate it because liberalisation on its own has failed to deliver on another key objective – supply diversification. Ironically, Europe is now more dependent on Russian gas than ever.
Energy 11-05-2018

Swedish steel boss: ‘Our pilot plant will only emit water vapour’

A new pilot facility under construction in northern Sweden will produce steel using hydrogen from renewable electricity. The only emissions will be water vapour, explains the CEO of Hybrit, the company behind the process, which seeks to revolutionise steelmaking.
Energy 09-05-2018

Deal nears on EU energy savings law – talks focus on transport and targets

The European Parliament insists on including ships, cars and planes in the EU’s energy saving goals for 2030. But those very objectives remain a hot issue, with the latest EU presidency compromise proposal opting for a weaker, indicative 31-33% target range.
Energy 08-05-2018

EU warms up to plastic waste ‘recycling’ as transport fuel

A proposal to use non-recyclable plastic waste in the production of transport fuels is picking momentum among EU member states and legislators in the European Parliament, despite warnings from environmentalists.
Energy 04-05-2018

Worries mount over waste incineration as ‘renewable energy’

A coalition of green NGOs and industries in the business of recycling, chemicals, forestry and the bio-based economy wrote to policymakers on Thursday (3 May), urging them to prevent incineration of unrecyclable waste from being counted as renewable energy.
Health 04-05-2018

EU Parliament calls for global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

The European Parliament on Thursday (3 May) called on the European Union to launch a high-level diplomatic campaign to impose a worldwide ban on animal testing in the cosmetics industry.