Energy

23-03-2017

New energy labels on household appliances could save hundreds on energy bills

An agreement on draft legislation of energy labels for household appliances was reached by the European Parliament and the Council of the Ministers on Tuesday.

23-03-2017

Nord Stream 2 official: We see a lot of smokescreens thrown around

The Third Energy Package does not apply to Nord Stream 2, as it doesn’t apply to any of the existing or future import pipelines into the EU internal market, and the European Commission accepts that, Sebastian Sass told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Circular economy 23-03-2017

Recyclables must be collected separately for circular economy to succeed, says panel

Separate collection of recyclable materials is the key to a successful circular economy, but some member states struggle to put the necessary infrastructure in place, policymakers told a EURACTIV event held on Tuesday (21 March).

Electricity 22-03-2017

The true picture of the German Energiewende

Despite broad public acceptance, investments in renewable energy sources in Germany and the EU have been dramatically decreasing. The failing legislation and exclusion of citizen investments in renewables are jeopardising the Energiewende, writes Hans-Josef Fell.

Digital 21-03-2017

European cities want 10 million ‘smart’ streetlamps

Local governments around Europe paid €7.6 billion to light public streets in 2015, but their bills could be cut down by up to 70% if local governments are willing to shell out extra funds to install new lighting.

Climate change 21-03-2017

Study: Backing fossil fuels is economically and politically irresponsible

A shift away from fossil fuels to renewables is needed at international level if the targets of the Paris climate deal are to be met. The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue wants to set an example by bringing plenty new to the table. EURACTIV Germany reports.

21-03-2017

Bioenergy policy being driven by ‘alternative facts’

Today is the International Day of Forests: 1.6 billion people rely on them for their livelihoods; they are home to more than 80% of the terrestrial life; and they’re a crucial bulwark against climate change, writes Linde Zuidema.

Future EU 20-03-2017

The EU budget: Unlocking a new vision for Europe

The key to unlocking a more inspiring and politically winnable New Vision for a strong Europe may well be the next European budget, writes David Holyoake.

Circular economy 17-03-2017

Better resource efficiency could be worth trillions, UN says

Almost €2 trillion would be poured into the annual global economy if resource efficiency was boosted, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme released today (16 March).

Electricity 16-03-2017

V4 energy security: The land of nuclear and coal

Visegrád countries are seeking ways to ensure energy security while delivering on their climate commitments. Nuclear is seen as the ideal solution by some, with natural gas playing a limited role. EURACTIV's Central European partners report.

16-03-2017

Bendtsen: We need pension fund investment to kickstart renovation revolution

Pension funds are looking to invest money and interest rates are low, the lead MEP on the EU’s building energy performance bill has said. Unlocking that capital will boost Europe’s low renovation rates, increase energy efficiency and cut household bills, Bendt Bendtsen told EURACTIV.com.

Electricity 16-03-2017

German solar power association: Europe far from being energy pioneer

Solar energy will be critical to German and European efforts to decarbonise their economies. EURACTIV Germany reports on what contribution local schemes can make to European energy policy.

Biofuels 16-03-2017

Commission is not the only culprit in the biofuel shambles

The EU approach to biofuels over the last decade is a case study in how not to make public policy, writes Irish Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor.

Enlargement 16-03-2017

Bosnia could miss out on millions in EU energy project funding

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) risks losing tens of millions of euros for energy projects from the European Union unless it passes a gas law this month to comply with the bloc's energy regulations, the Balkan country's economy minister warned yesterday (15 March).

Global Europe 15-03-2017

Deciphering Gazprom’s pipeline agenda in Europe

The European Commission’s efforts to integrate the EU internal market and diversify the gas supply away from a single supplier along the Central European model have started to pay off. Yet, risks lie ahead, write Martin Vladimirov and Sijbren de Jong.

15-03-2017

Chizhov: Don’t ask me if Russia plans to have an ambassador in Edinburgh

In a wide-ranging interview, Vladimir Chizhov, the Russian ambassador to the EU, spoke to EURACTIV.com about energy relations, sanctions and eastern Ukraine, multi-speed Europe, elections, referendums, covert action, and Donald Trump.

14-03-2017

Sefcovic debriefs following landmark US visit

Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič told the Brussels press yesterday (13 March) about his visit to the US last week (6-9 March), which was also one of the first meetings of the EU executive with the new administration of Donald Trump.

14-03-2017

Commission leaning towards Nord Stream 2 approval

As the European Commission announced a settlement with Gazprom on Monday (13 March), officials told EURACTIV.com it was "highly likely" that the executive will approve the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

13-03-2017

Member states move to weaken EU energy efficiency targets

EU member states have moved to weaken the bloc’s 2030 energy efficiency goals, setting up tough negotiations with the European Parliament, which backs stronger legislation.

13-03-2017

EU-Gazprom deal clears Bulgaria of South Stream cancellation claims

The Commission published Gazprom's commitments on Monday (13 March) to end a five-year antitrust case and avoid fines heavy fines. As part of the package, Gazprom agreed not to seek any damages from its Bulgarian partners following the termination of South Stream.

Electricity 13-03-2017

Border dispute lays bare Germany’s fragile electricity infrastructure

An appeals board is expected to rule later this month on a dispute at the German-Austrian border. What is at stake is the future of Europe's largest area of uniform electricity prices – an issue that raises questions about the fundamental design of the EU's internal energy market.

13-03-2017

The keys to decarbonising Europe’s heating and cooling

Five factors are holding back the energy transition to a zero emissions Europe by 2050, writes Thomas Nowak.

Agrifood 10-03-2017

Parliament committee says palm oil biofuels usage should end by 2020

MEPs adopted a report on Thursday (9 March) urging the European Commission to phase out the use of palm oil as a component of biodiesel by 2020 “at the latest”.

09-03-2017

Green future can’t happen without consumers

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, a top European Commission official, declared that Europe’s transition to a green future will be impossible without the support of consumers, but admitted that the executive had been terrible at communicating its work, during a panel discussion held today (9 March).