Energy & Environment

24-09-2021

Polish copper giant signs deal with US firm for small nuclear reactors

Polish copper giant KGHM on Thursday (23 September) signed a memorandum of understanding with NuScale Power of the United States for the development of at least four small nuclear reactors to power its plants.
Climate change 24-09-2021

EU countries struggle to agree approach to COP26 climate talks

European Union countries are struggling to agree their negotiating position for the COP26 climate change conference, with rifts emerging over timeframes for emissions-cutting pledges, according to officials and documents seen by Reuters.
24-09-2021

Italy’s Draghi announces €3 billion package to keep energy prices down

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday (23 September) announced measures worth three billion euros to keep gas and electricity bills down this winter as power prices soar across Europe.
Digital & Media 23-09-2021

Commission proposes common charger for electronic devices in two years

The European Commission presented on Thursday (23 September) a proposal to establish a single charger for smartphones, tablets and other devices in two years.
Energy 23-09-2021

US lures Eastern Europe with nuclear power, $23tln clean energy market

The climate crisis presents "a market opportunity for carbon-reducing technologies" such as nuclear power, said US energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, teasing a $23 trillion market to countries in Central and Eastern Europe by 2030.
23-09-2021

EU countries buy more time to scrutinise green investment rules

European Union countries on Wednesday (22 September) pushed back their deadline to object to the EU's proposed rule book for green investments, giving themselves another two months to scrutinise the politically sensitive policy.
Electricity 23-09-2021

Why Europe is facing an energy price surge

Prices for gas and electricity are soaring in Europe as winter approaches, forcing governments to react. Here is what's behind the price increase:
Circular materials 23-09-2021

Campaigners worry at delays in EU sustainable product policy

Ecodesign and energy labelling rules on everyday products could save consumers billions and help the EU meet its climate targets, but a lack of staff and resources means the European Commission is slow to put them forward, according to a report by environmental organisations.
Energy 23-09-2021

EU prepares ‘toolbox’ of measures to tackle energy price spike

The European Union executive will produce a “toolbox” of measures EU countries can take to tackle energy price spikes without breaching the bloc’s energy market rules, it said on Wednesday, as consumers faced a sharp rise in bills with winter...
23-09-2021

La Palma volcano eruption could last up to November, experts warn

The area affected by the lava flow on the Spanish island of La Palma has increased by 50% since the eruption of the volcano three days ago and experts predict it will continue for an average of 55 more days but could last up to 84, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Energy 22-09-2021

US blame Russia for manipulating Europe gas prices, Moscow retorts the EU messed it up

A US official warned against "manipulation" of gas prices in Europe, as a group of European MEPs accused Russia of being behind price rises. In return, Russia said the disbalance was a result of mistaken EU policy making.
Climate change 22-09-2021

Developing nations welcome US climate finance pledge but warn more is needed

Developing countries and campaigners welcomed the offer of increased climate finance from the US president, Joe Biden, at the UN on Tuesday (21 September), but warned that rich countries needed to do more to ensure the poorest received the assistance they need. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Energy 22-09-2021

EU energy ministers meet to discuss power price surge

Energy ministers from European Union countries will on Wednesday (22 September) discuss the soaring price of gas and electricity across Europe, as some governments draw up measures to protect their consumers.
22-09-2021

The Green Brief: Good morning Brussels! Can we have your points please?

In many ways life in the European Parliament is very similar to Eurovision. There are lots of languages, a fanfare of cultures and an obscure points system that no one understands, but just sort of accepts. Here's how those points will impact the FIt for 55 package.
Energy 21-09-2021

IEA says Russia could do more to supply Europe with gas

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday (21 September) Russia could do more to help alleviate gas supply issues in Europe which have driven prices up to record highs over the past month.
21-09-2021

Energy ministers to hold first exchange on EU’s 2030 climate laws

In their first meeting since the European Commission tabled an overhaul of climate legislation in July, EU energy ministers are due to discuss two major files that will drive Europe’s push towards clean energy, according to a room document seen by EURACTIV.
Electricity 21-09-2021

Spain wants EU ‘menu’ of measures to combat power price surges

Spain urged the European Commission on Monday (20 September) to devise guidance to help member states react consistently to power price spikes without testing the rules of the bloc, and suggested moves to limit carbon market speculators and build up gas reserves.
Energy 21-09-2021

Poland refuses to close disputed coal mine despite EU court penalty

Poland vowed to keep its disputed Turów coal mine running despite being hit with a €500,000 daily penalty for defying an earlier court ruling to halt operations on Monday (20 September).
Electricity 21-09-2021

As energy prices spike, EU points to long-term fixes

The European Commission is monitoring the evolution of electricity prices “very closely,” said the EU’s energy commissioner Kadri Simson, pointing to long-term fixes like investments in energy savings and renewables as the main answer at European level.
21-09-2021

Collecting more and better: the final push to reach 100% glass circularity

Glass packaging already has one of the highest recycling rates in Europe, but better collection of a greater amount of glass is needed to meet Europe’s goal of a 75% recycling rate and, eventually, reach complete circularity.
21-09-2021

Lava flow devours property on Spanish Canary Island La Palma

A volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma has led to “devastating” scenes as a six-metre-high lava flow devoured houses, infrastructure and farmland in its path to the ocean forcing the evacuation of some 5,000 people. There have been no human casualties, a regional official said Monday (20 September), EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Climate change 20-09-2021

EU, US urge others to join methane reduction pledge

The European Union and the United States on Saturday (18 September) called on more nations to join a pledge to slash methane gas emissions and cut warming by at least 0.2 degrees Celsius by 2050.
Climate change 20-09-2021

Forest policy splits Nordic lawmakers in the European Parliament

Leading lawmakers from the Socialist and the Greens group in the European Parliament held contrasting views on forest policy during a EURACTIV event earlier this month.
20-09-2021

EU aims to tackle waste packaging with new legislation

Europe aims to cut down on waste as quickly as possible in order to halt the overconsumption that is damaging the planet and adding to climate change. But despite previous attempts, waste packaging is still on the rise in Europe.