Energy transition

Energy 08-07-2021

Top French firms commit to climate change fight

The French Association of Private Companies (AFEP) updated on Wednesday (7 July) the Ambition 4 Climate platform, which brings together the projects of 64 large companies with the aim of reaching carbon neutrality. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 01-07-2021

Spain joins campaign to phase out coal by 2030

Spain on Wednesday (30 June) joined an international campaign to set a date for closing all coal plants by 2030, signing up to a target it looks well-placed to beat by a wide margin.

Portugal’s Galp moves to green hydrogen at refinery, eyes €1bn investment

Portugal's Galp Energia plans to install a 100-megawatt electrolyser to power its refinery in Sines with green hydrogen by 2025, a project which could be expanded to up to 1,000 MW and be worth €1 billion, Chief Executive Andy Brown said on Monday (14 June).
Energy 10-06-2021

EU Commission joins Czechia in legal case over Polish coal mine

The European Commission has decided to join the Czech Republic in a bitter lawsuit against Poland over what plaintiffs say is an illegal extension of a license to operate the Turów coal mine near the Czech and German border.
Energy 08-06-2021

Study: Peak oil moves closer as energy majors shift to renewables

The world’s largest oil and gas companies increased investment in clean energy by 23% compared to 2018, despite a 6% fall in global energy demand last year caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research published on Tuesday (8 June).
Energy 27-05-2021

Shell ordered to slash emissions 45% by 2030 in historic court ruling

A Dutch court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its emissions 45% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels, in a landmark ruling. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Biomass 26-05-2021

We can’t burn our way out of the climate crisis

In its new Net Zero scenario, the International Energy Agency (IEA) maps a 60% increase in bioenergy by 2050. But Swapping burning wood for burning coal won’t save the climate, warns Peg Putt.
Energy 25-05-2021

Poland will not comply with EU top court ruling on Turow, PM says

Poland will not comply with the ruling of the European Union's top court, which ordered Warsaw to immediately stop mining in the Turów lignite mine on the border with the Czech Republic, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday (24 May).
Energy 25-05-2021

Spain positions itself to be Europe’s green hydrogen hub

Spain has the “best conditions” to become Europe’s green hydrogen hub, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Climate change 21-05-2021

Time for Paris-compatible coal phase-out plans in Central and Eastern Europe

Central and Eastern European countries need to set national coal phase-out dates by 2030 at the latest in order to fall in line with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, environmental campaigners write.
Energy 20-05-2021

Global hydrogen production from nuclear power would require 400 reactors, French report says

To produce low-carbon hydrogen on a global scale, 400 1GW nuclear reactors would be needed, according to a note published Tuesday (18 May) by the French parliamentary office for the evaluation of scientific and technological choices (OPECST). EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 17-05-2021

Merkel rejects bringing forward Germany’s exit from coal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday (15 May) rejected calls to bring forward the country's exit date for coal in power generation, currently set at 2038.
Climate change 17-05-2021

Spain to end fossil fuel production by 2042 under new climate law

Spain’s 2030 emission reduction target lags other EU countries but the government won praise for committing to end coal, oil and gas production. EURACTIV’s media partner, Climate Home News, reports. A decade after it was first called for, Spain has...
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.
Climate change 06-05-2021

Eleven EU countries call to ban fossil fuels from trans-European energy infrastructure

Eleven EU countries have signed a declaration calling on the European Union to stop funding fossil fuels under its trans-European energy infrastructure regulation (TEN-E), which is currently under revision.
Energy 06-05-2021

Spain’s green recovery plan among EU’s best, experts say

The contribution of Spain's recovery, transformation and resilience plan to the green transition is among the best in the EU, according to a report international climate experts highlighting the lack of European ambition to decarbonise the economy, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Energy 06-05-2021

France trailing behind EU renewable energy goals

The European Union is expected to soon raise its renewable energy target for 2030, and France, which has already largely missed its 2020 goal, could have difficulties in meeting the new objective. EURACTIV France reports.
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

A tale of three countries: how Czechia, Germany, and Poland plan to ditch coal

For decades, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have been at the heart of Europe's so-called "lignite triangle" which produces most of the continent's coal-based electricity. But with climate change now a top political priority, the priority is shifting to renewables.
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.

Carbon border levy should start with steel, cement and fertilisers, says Poland

Steel, cement and fertilisers should be among the first sectors protected by the upcoming carbon levy to safeguard European business from cheaper, CO2 intensive imports, according to Poland.
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.

Four key issues to watch in the EU’s carbon market reform

EU carbon market emissions experienced a record fall last year, but when it comes to heavy industry, the effect is likely to be short-lived, writes Agnese Ruggiero.
Energy 13-04-2021

Energy efficiency must apply across all renewables, EU Commission says

Europe needs a massive increase in renewable electricity to meet its 2030 decarbonisation targets, including a ramp up of clean hydrogen production from electrolysers, a senior EU official has said.