Energy

Europe will hike climate finance spending, insists Cañete

The EU’s climate chief Miguel Arias Cañete has vowed to increase the bloc’s funding for climate change adaption, pledging that 20% of the EU’s foreign spending would be allocated to climate-related projects.

18-01-2018

EU Parliament wins plaudits for backing 35% renewables target

European lawmakers approved draft measures on Wednesday (17 January) to raise the share of renewable energy to 35% of the EU’s energy mix by 2030, setting the stage for tough talks with reluctant EU member states in the coming weeks.

Climate change 18-01-2018

Parliament backs ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions by 2050

Green lawmakers have hailed a “great victory for the climate” as a proposal to bring down to zero the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted in the atmosphere by 2050 received unexpected backing from the European Parliament yesterday (17 January).

Agrifood 17-01-2018

EU Parliament ends palm oil and caps crop-based biofuels at 2017 levels

The European Parliament decided today (17 January) to phase-out palm oil by 2021 and cap the crop-based biofuels at the 2017 member states’ consumption levels and no more than 7% of all transport fuels until 2030.

17-01-2018

Backtrack in Strasbourg as MEPs compromise on energy efficiency

The European Parliament has abandoned its long-held 40% energy efficiency target at the final hurdle, after political groups backed a binding 35% goal in 2030 instead.

Agrifood 17-01-2018

Division reigns as Parliament gears up for critical biofuels vote

The European Parliament is due to adopt the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive at its plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday (17 January). France is trying to undermine the agreement to eliminate palm oil from EU biofuels - the only compromise MEPs managed to reach.

17-01-2018

EU lawmakers agree ‘flexible’ renewable energy targets for 2030

Political groups in the European Parliament have sealed an agreement Tuesday evening (16 January) on a proposed Energy Union governance bill, assigning a strict yet flexible timeline for EU countries to meet the bloc’s 2030 objectives on renewable energy, EURACTIV has learnt.

17-01-2018

MEPs set for final crack at clean energy’s ‘problem child’

Negotiations on the Clean Energy package’s energy efficiency file have been far from smooth sailing and MEPs will meet later on Wednesday (17 January) to hammer out the European Parliament’s final position. The vote is set to be a tight one.

Electric cars 16-01-2018

Daimler struggling with EU CO2 emissions standards

The chief executive of Daimler said Monday (15 January) at the Detroit auto show that his company cannot currently guarantee it can meet tougher European CO2 emissions standards taking effect in several years.

16-01-2018

Azerbaijan ready to invest in Bulgaria’s gasification

Azerbaijan, via its state energy company SOCAR, is ready to engage in Bulgaria’s gasification at its own expense. The statement was made by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of a visit by the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov to the central Asian country.

15-01-2018

EU more dependent on Russian gas than ever, despite bid to diversify

Despite repeatedly vowing to reduce its energy dependency on Moscow, Europe is more reliant on Russian gas than ever before - and there are few signs of this trend reversing.

13-01-2018

EU warned about ‘lost decade’ for renewables as costs continue to fall

The cost of generating electricity from renewable energies is set to reach new lows worldwide, according to projections by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), published on Saturday (13 January).