Frédéric Simon

Climate change 11-05-2021

Brussels rebuked over ‘confusing’ draft EU bioenergy rules

The European Commission was sent back to the drawing board on the EU's renewable energy directive overhaul after an internal assessment of its draft proposal concluded that it failed to analyse the potential environmental risks of increased bioenergy use.
Energy 07-05-2021

Energy security: Poland’s chief priority in the coal transition

The Turów coal mine and power plant complex is “strategic for ensuring the energy security of Poland,” says PGE, the state-owned enterprise at the centre of a dispute with the Czech Republic over the extension of mining operations there.

The Green Brief: Beware the carbon price backlash

Concerns about the "just transition" to a green economy are likely to resurface after the price of carbon on the EU’s emissions trading scheme hit €50 per tonne for the first time this month.
Energy 05-05-2021

The role of gas in Europe’s future energy mix and the transition to zero carbon of Europe’s power sector

The transition towards a net zero greenhouse gas economy puts the power sector in the spotlight. The clean energy transition should result in an energy system where primary energy supply would largely come from carbon free sources.
Climate change 05-05-2021

Union leader: ‘With more social ambition, climate ambitions will also become higher’

European trade unions welcome ambitious EU climate policies, but warn that they need to be implemented alongside an equally ambitious social transition plan or risk sowing the seeds of a backlash, says Judith Kirton-Darling.
Energy 04-05-2021

LEAK: EU’s draft renewables law confirms 38-40% target for 2030

An early draft of the EU’s upcoming renewable energy directive confirms the bloc’s objective of sourcing 38-40% of its energy from renewables by 2030, roughly doubling the share of solar, wind and other renewables in Europe’s energy mix by the end of the decade.
Energy 29-04-2021

Michal Kurtyka: Solar rooftop in Poland grew ‘100 times more’ in five years

In a video interview, Poland's climate and environment minister speaks about the government's efforts to phase out coal and develop a more diversified energy mix in Poland, saying solar rooftop has brought "a real revolution" in the way Polish people perceive the climate crisis and the energy transition.

The Green Brief: The US is back. Should Europe rejoice?

After four year of Trumpism, the United States made its big comeback on the green diplomacy stage last week by organising a virtual climate summit in Washington.
Climate change 26-04-2021

Greece confirms last coal plant will be shut in 2025

“We are saying goodbye to the coal age,” Greece’s energy state secretary told EURACTIV following last week's announcement that the country’s last lignite plant will be shut down in 2025, three years earlier than planned.

NGOs walk out on EU green finance group over forestry, bioenergy rules

The WWF and several other NGOs have decided to suspend their participation in the European Commission’s Sustainable Finance Platform in protest against what they see as weak and “unscientific” criteria for bioenergy and forestry in the EU’s green finance taxonomy.

EU spells out criteria for green investment in new ‘taxonomy’ rules

The European Commission on Wednesday (21 April) unveiled a first batch of implementing rules under the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy, spelling out detailed technical criteria that companies need to comply with in order to win a green investment label in Europe.

The Green Brief: Europe’s green finance taxonomy wars, part 3

After a failed attempt last year, the European Commission is finally presenting today (21 April) its first batch of implementing rules under the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy, laying down detailed technical criteria for what can be labelled a “green” investment in the EU.
Climate change 21-04-2021

Breakthrough as EU negotiators clinch deal on European climate law

European Union negotiators reached a deal on the European Climate Law after fourteen hours of talks on Wednesday (21 April), allowing the EU to arrive at the US-hosted climate summit tomorrow with an agreement on the bloc’s 2030 target.

MEP Canfin: The French hard line on nuclear is a dead end

The hard line defended by France over the inclusion of nuclear power in the green finance taxonomy is a dead end because there is no majority in favour of it at the EU level, warns lawmaker Pascal Canfin. Instead, the French MEP argues for including nuclear energy in the 'transition' category.

LEAK: EU taxonomy draft leaves bioenergy and forestry off the hook

The European Commission has decided to leave out agriculture but kept controversial criteria for bioenergy and forestry in the first batch of proposed implementing rules due to be presented on Wednesday (21 April) as part of the EU’s green finance taxonomy, EURACTIV has learned.

LEAK: EU to table ‘climate taxonomy’, leaving gas and nuclear for later

The European Commission plans to delay a decision on whether to label nuclear and natural gas power plants as a sustainable investment under green finance rules due to be published next week, according to a leaked document seen by EURACTIV.

Gas overtakes lignite as Europe’s largest source of power emissions

Gas power plants overtook lignite in 2020 to become the EU's single largest source of power sector emissions, according to fresh analysis from energy think tank Ember.

Sector integration: How can the EU best create and leverage an integrated energy system?

To become climate-neutral by 2050, the EU plans to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of its greenhouse gas emissions.

The Green Brief: Europe’s anti-nuclear madness

Greetings and welcome to EURACTIV’s Green Brief. Below you’ll find the latest roundup of news covering energy & environment from across Europe. You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter here. The European Commission’s in-house scientific body, the Joint Research Centre,...
Energy 14-04-2021

Gas grid operators outline plans for expanded EU ‘hydrogen highway’

Gas network operators from 11 countries have joined the European hydrogen backbone initiative, presenting an updated vision for a pure hydrogen network of nearly 40,000 kilometres by 2040.
Energy 05-04-2021

What now? Policymakers mull options for greater energy system integration

Consumers will be at the centre of EU efforts to create a more integrated energy system, with local authorities playing an essential role to bring energy users closer to suppliers in a bid to maximise efficiency and cut greenhouse gas...
Energy 01-04-2021

EU urged to keep ‘low-carbon fuels’ out of renewable energy mix

A group of 88 lawmakers in the European Parliament have joined environmental NGOs and the renewable energy industry to demand the exclusion of low-carbon fossil fuels from the upcoming revision of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.
Climate change 31-03-2021

Greener farm reform ‘still possible’, EU’s Timmermans says after meeting climate activists

A group of climate campaigners led by Greta Thunberg have met with European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, urging him to withdraw current proposals to reform the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy.

Green Brief: Clarity on Gas

Greetings and welcome to EURACTIV’s Green Brief. Below you’ll find the latest roundup of news covering energy & environment from across Europe. You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter here. It’s been three years now at least since discussions on...