Sam Morgan

Electric cars 23-05-2018

Blossoming batteries boosted by EU plan

Batteries and storage are set to become even more important as electro-mobility and renewable energy go from strength to strength. That is why EU efforts are meant to help the burgeoning industry compete against the likes of China and electric carmaker Tesla.
Electric cars 22-05-2018

Europe’s attempts to spark an electric vehicle revolution

Transport is one of the EU’s few sectors where emissions are actually growing. Brussels believes that electric vehicle uptake is one of the main solutions to halt this trend but what steps are being taken to decarbonise our roads?

EU prepares to say adieu to single-use plastics

The European Commission is gearing up to reveal how it plans to tackle single-use plastics as part of the much vaunted Plastics Strategy. But an initial draft of the legislation has already received mix reviews.
Armenia 11-05-2018

The Brief: Smooth velvet

Away from the spotlight, while Europe was biting its nails over Trump and Iran, one of the continent’s most far-flung corners had itself a peaceful revolution this week. It may be too early to tell, but it’s worth asking: Could...
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2018

Croatia accelerates plans for joining the eurozone

Croatia's government began to think in earnest about joining the eurozone on Thursday (10 May) when it adopted a new strategy that targets switching to the single currency within five to seven years. But opposition forces claim that it is not in Croatia's best interests.
Armenia 09-05-2018

Armenia’s revolutionary PM: ‘Deepened relations with EU’ on agenda

New Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan used his first day in power on Wednesday (9 May) to call for deeper relations with both the European Union and Russia, as well as insisting that the public support that swept him to his new job will help build a majority government.
Armenia 08-05-2018

Armenia’s peaceful revolution yields new leader

Armenia’s parliament voted in favour of a new prime minister on Tuesday (8 May) as the romantically dubbed ‘love and solidarity revolution’ peacefully put the Caucasus republic’s opposition party in power.
Elections 27-04-2018

Romania’s president denounces PM as ‘unfit’ for office

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis called on Prime Minister Viorica Dancila to resign on Friday (27 April) after she endorsed a secret deal to move the country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and refused to attend a meeting to resolve other ongoing disputes.
Energy 27-04-2018

Renewable power could make hydrogen cheaper than gas, study finds

Hydrogen prices are set to fall dramatically if enough surplus solar and wind energy can be utilised in the gas’s production, according to a new study which says hydrogen could even become cheaper than natural gas.
Health 26-04-2018

‘Famous’ Messi triumphs in Europe court case

Football superstar Lionel Messi won the backing of European Court of Justice judges on Thursday (26 April), when they ruled that the Barcelona player’s request for a trademark is legitimate, citing his fame outside the world of football as a crucial element of the case.
Energy 26-04-2018

Mayor of Ghent: Climate targets ‘almost impossible’ to meet without cities and regions

As the European Commission gets ready to come up with a climate strategy for 2050 and ongoing energy talks approach the finish line, Mayor of Ghent Daniël Termont told EURACTIV that cities and regions should not be relegated to a mere consultation role in this crucial planning phase.
Energy 24-04-2018

Wind power to hit new highs in Northern Europe

In a fresh sign of new energy trends in Europe, Belgium plans to double the amount of its waters made available for offshore wind farms, while Denmark revealed the intention to build enough turbines to power its seven largest cities.
Energy 20-04-2018

Energy transition: EU unity’s missing jigsaw piece?

Decarbonising Europe’s economy and meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement are among the EU’s main priorities. Depending on the level of ambition and the course the EU energy policy ship takes, the result could be either a more united or divided continent.
Energy 20-04-2018

EU member states warm up to Parliament’s energy stance

An informal meeting of EU energy ministers on Thursday (19 April) revealed that member states are starting to come around to the idea of more ambitious energy targets for 2030, as MEPs raise pressure ahead of fresh talks starting next week.
Energy 19-04-2018

EU energy efficiency debate skewed by bad maths, says study

Ongoing talks about the EU’s energy efficiency target for 2030 are deadlocked and the debate could have been skewed by the way initial cost estimates were calculated, according to a new study.
Energy 18-04-2018

EU Parliament’s energetic day in Strasbourg

In the shadow of French President Emmanuel Macron’s speech in Strasbourg on Tuesday (17 April), MEPs signed off on a number of important energy laws, as the EU took a small step towards the finalisation of the Clean Energy Package.

Poland’s logging of protected forest is illegal, top EU court rules

European Court of Justice judges decided on Tuesday (17 April) that Poland’s logging activities in Białowieża Forest are against EU law and heavy fines are due to follow unless the government takes immediate action.
Energy 17-04-2018

‘No Europeans can be left behind’ by energy transition, says Polish power sector boss

Europe’s energy transition is well under way but every EU country differs in terms of energy mix, economic situation and natural resources. So how fair is the energy transition on countries like Poland, which have a somewhat negative image when it comes to fossil fuel use?  
Energy 17-04-2018

Croatia to unveil results of LNG tender in late May

Croatia will reveal on 28 May the results of a tender to use the capacity of a planned liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal, according to the company in charge of the project. The results may well determine the viability of the project, which has been in the making for over a decade.
Elections 13-04-2018

The Brief – Mattarella’s Hodgepodge conjecture

Cracking one of the unsolved Millennium Prize Problems entitles talented mathematicians to a $1 million reward. Venerable Italian President Sergio Mattarella has an even more difficult equation to solve as government-forming talks seem futile.

Plight of the bees hits unaware businesses

Declining numbers of bees, butterflies and midges could leave companies facing the prospect of reduced crop quality and a shortage of raw materials. A United Nations-backed study found that most businesses surveyed were unsure of what action to take.

Plastic packaging fails to reduce food waste, study warns

Plastic food packaging may be fuelling, rather than combating, Europe’s food waste problem, according to a new study that found both packaging and waste doubled in the EU between 2004 and 2014.
Energy 11-04-2018

Finland confirms coal exit ahead of schedule in 2029

Finland’s environment minister said on Tuesday (10 April) his country will ban the use of coal in energy generation in 2029. The Finnish government is also looking into a large-scale subsidy scheme that will reward energy firms for ditching the fossil fuel ahead of time.
Energy 04-04-2018

Portugal breaks 100% renewables mark but remains isolated

Portugal produced more power from clean energy sources in March than it actually needed, marking the first time in the 21st century that renewables have topped 100% of its production. But a dearth of energy connections with the rest of Europe remains problematic.