Ana-Maria Tolbaru

Metal, steel industries warn EU efficiency laws could force them out of Europe

SPECIAL REPORT / Steelmakers and other metals industries fear that limits the EU is considering imposing on the amount of natural resources they use will push them out of Europe, where environmental regulations are less stringent.

Circular economy 13-11-2012

Debate rages over how to measure resource efficiency

SPECIAL REPORT / Industrial and environmental groups are lining up to pressure the European Commission on how best to measure resource efficiency. Businesses have warned that a one-size-fits-all approach will hamper economic growth at a time when Europe strives to emerge from its sovereign debt crisis.

Brussels strives to keep resource-efficiency ‘on the radar’

SPECIAL REPORT / Faced with strong political headwinds against new environmental legislation in the current economic crisis, the European Commission is multiplying initiatives to keep resource-efficiency on the political radar.

Brexit 24-10-2012

‘Lowest energy tariffs’ do not necessarily mean lower bills, experts warn

UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced that he would pass a law forcing energy companies to offer their customers the lowest tariffs available, but this will not necessarily translate into cheaper energy bills, EU energy experts warn.

Energy 23-10-2012

Energy savings hampered worldwide by regulatory laissez-faire: Economist study

Failure to enforce existing regulation is the main obstacle preventing the energy-efficiency services market from picking up across the globe - including in the European Union, India, China and the United States - says a recent study by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Regional Policy 17-10-2012

MEPs question EU’s energy strategy in the Balkans

MEPs and local NGOs worry that that the European Commission is bypassing civil society and environmental rules as it devises an energy strategy for the Western Balkan region.

Regional Policy 11-10-2012

Cohesion policy makes baby steps towards simplification

While EU officials in Brussels boast about the proposed simplification of the bloc's cohesion policy, regional representatives contend that managing EU funds is still very complicated in practice.

Energy 05-10-2012

EU takes final step in adopting Energy Efficiency Directive

EU ministers yesterday (4 October) placed the last piece of the 20-20-20 climate puzzle, agreed in 2007, by throwing their weight behind the EU's Energy Efficiency Directive.

Energy 03-10-2012

Ireland will miss EU energy efficiency targets, study says

Ireland will have to double its efforts in making dwellings more energy-efficient or it will have to pay fines to the European Commission for not complying with the EU's newly adopted Energy Efficiency Directive, a new study shows.

Energy 02-10-2012

Replacing laptops harms the environment, study shows

Upgrading old laptops is more energy-efficient than purchasing newer, 'greener' models, German scientists said on Monday (1 October).

Transport 20-09-2012

IEA: Transport fuel use could be halved by 2030

Fuel consumption could be halved in 20 years' time if the right policies are put in place, despite an expected doubling in the number of cars in circulation worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency.

Energy 19-09-2012

Oettinger feels the heat on boiler labelling rules

The meaningful energy labelling of household heating boilers is being gutted behind the scenes, green campaigners have warned, saying this could undermine the EU's 2020 target to cut energy consumption by 20%.