Energy

Climate change 23-08-2019

‘Green Deal’ supporters resist idea of splitting energy and climate portfolio

The incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is preparing a ‘Green Deal’ team that may be led by Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Whether the climate and energy briefs will be split or kept together remains to be seen, however. 
23-08-2019

Erdogan says Turkey to press ahead with gas search off Cyprus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday (22 August) hit out at EU measures to punish Ankara for drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean and vowed to press ahead with gas search in the region.
Electricity 20-08-2019

Lightning strike to blame for massive UK power loss

A huge electricity blackout that left more than one million Brits in the dark earlier this month was caused by a lightning strike, according to preliminary findings presented by the country’s grid owner on Tuesday (20 August).
20-08-2019

No-deal Brexit set to cause disruption for UK oil refineries

Though UK fuel export tariffs are set to rise to 4.7%, import tariffs will be set at 0%. Oil refineries are warning this would put them at a competitive disadvantage.

How do Power-to-X technologies work?

P2X, P2Y, PtG, PtL, power-to-gas... These somewhat cryptic terms stand for energy conversion processes that can be used to store surplus power from renewable sources and help meet climate targets. But whether they will actually reduce emissions depends on many  different factors, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 14-08-2019

EU slaps anti-subsidy duties on Indonesian biodiesel

The European Commission on Tuesday (13 August) imposed countervailing duties of 8% to 18% on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia, saying the move aimed to restore a level playing field for European Union producers.
Agrifood 08-08-2019

EU opens antitrust investigation into PKN’s bid for rival Lotos

Polish oil refiner PKN Orlen's bid for rival Lotos may reduce competition in Poland and neighbouring countries and push up prices, EU antitrust regulators said on Wednesday (7 August) as they opened a full-scale investigation.
31-07-2019

Portugal’s solar energy auction breaks world record

Portugal's huge auction of solar energy broke a world record, with one of the 24 licences on offer selling for 14.76 euros per megawatt hour (Mwh), the secretary of state for energy Joao Galamba said on Tuesday (30 July).
30-07-2019

German environmental groups: PtX-tech not ‘necessarily’ climate-friendly

So-called Power-to-X (PtX) technologies are seen as a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions because their potential for storing energy could stabilise the electricity grid. However, German environmental groups BUND and the Öko-Institut have criticised the technology. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Electricity 29-07-2019

EU court warns Belgium over nuclear reactors

Belgium should have carried out environmental impact studies before prolonging the operational life of two nuclear reactors, Europe’s top court ruled Monday (29 July). The European Court of Justice, responding to a case brought by two environmental pressure groups, found...
26-07-2019

Russia says second leg of Turkish Stream will go via Bulgaria, not Greece

The second leg of the Turkish Stream pipeline will go through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday (26 July).
26-07-2019

Nord Stream 2 takes unusual legal step against the Commission

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline company has taken an unusual legal step in its dispute with the European Commission by asking the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to annul the amendments to the Gas Directive which the Gazprom-led...
26-07-2019

EU continues to fund coal and steel research

A relatively unknown EU fund supports coal and steel research projects. Among other things, the money is used to purchase highly toxic gases and optimise processes in the coal industry. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 25-07-2019

How Trump’s climate U-turn exposed the limits of European power

America's decision to pull out from the Paris Agreement has put European diplomats in an awkward position, EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.

Germany eager to become global leader in developing hydrogen technologies

Germany intends to invest €100 million annually into the research of hydrogen technologies. This could be the business of the future, as well as the country's next top export. However, the future of green gas is still extremely shaky. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Von der Leyen’s French inspiration on climate protection

Ursula von der Leyen has great plans for environmental protection. Some of her ideas have long been propagated by France, but have been ignored by Germany so far. Can the new European Commission President change that? EURACTIV Germany reports.

Dutch urge swift EU hydrogen push to cut industry, transport emissions

The European Commission should create an EU-wide market for hydrogen “as soon as possible” rather than wait for renewable energy-based varieties to be commercially available, a top Dutch ministerial envoy has said.
19-07-2019

Nord Stream 2, EU drifting towards legal arbitration

The European Commission and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline company are heading toward legal arbitration in their dispute, with a risk of huge fines for EU taxpayers and uncertainties for the Gazprom-led company that are even more difficult to evaluate.
Shipping 18-07-2019

Oil tanker investments at risk from climate action, report says

Strong action on climate change would shrink demand for vessels by a third, impacting investment decisions being made now, analysts say. EURACTIV’s partner Climate Home News reports.
Electricity 17-07-2019

100% renewable power requires radical EU market fix, Poles argue

Polish energy officials have called for a major overhaul of EU power markets, saying the deployment of up to 100% renewables will require a decentralised way of trading electricity, based on local “nodes” rather than regional bidding zones defined at European level.

Von der Leyen pressed to deliver on climate after winning EU vote

The European Parliament confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as the first women president of the European Commission in a nail-biting vote on Tuesday (16 July) that put climate change centre stage. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
17-07-2019

How vulnerable is Europe to conflict in the Strait of Hormuz?

NEWS ANALYSIS / The involvement of a British tanker in the latest military incident with Iran in the crucial oil shipment choke point has pulled Europe into the fray.
16-07-2019

EU asserts ‘right to regulate’ as part of energy charter treaty reform

EU member states gave the European Commission a mandate yesterday (15 July) to revise the Energy Charter Treaty, saying the legally-binding charter must reinstate Europe’s “right to regulate” in areas like climate change and workers’ rights.
15-07-2019

EU co-finances new arch for Chernobyl

Reactor 4 of the Ukrainian Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been covered with a new arch and is the largest mobile structure ever built by humans. This time, it has been co-financed by the EU. EURACTIV's media partner Euroefe reports.

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