Energy

Electricity 26-09-2017

EU plan to cap fossil fuel subsidies will stymie renewables, power utilities warn

A European Commission proposal aimed at capping fossil fuel subsidies across the EU could have perverse effects by promoting investment in new gas-fired fossil fuel power instead of renewable energies, according to a new study.

Air Pollution 21-09-2017

EU auditors to assess anti-pollution efforts by testing Brussels air

The European Court of Auditors is to embark on a comprehensive review of the European Union’s efforts to curb air pollution, the main environmental cause of premature deaths in the EU.

Climate change 21-09-2017

EU to aim for 100% emission cuts in new ‘mid-century roadmap’

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission is preparing an update of its low-carbon economy roadmap for 2050, acknowledging that the bloc’s current target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least 80% by mid-century are insufficient, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Electricity 21-09-2017

EU still divided over curbing power subsidies with CO2 cap

A European Commission proposal to put an emissions limit on what power plants can be subsidised continues to divide the member states but the EU executive and the European Parliament stand united in supporting the CO2 cap.

Air Pollution 20-09-2017

Scrapping old cars and boilers: Hulot’s first measures for decarbonising France

The French minister for ecological transition and solidarity fleshes out four measures of his climate plan. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Climate change 20-09-2017

Environmentalists find renewed hope in ‘industrial’ CCS

Considered almost dead and buried a few years ago, carbon capture and storage (CCS) is enjoying renewed support among environmentalists, providing fresh hopes that the much decried technology may finally be coming of age and play its part in the fight against climate change.

Emissions Trading System failures sour energy policy efforts

Doubts about the effectiveness of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) resurfaced on Tuesday (19 September) at an energy conference in Estonia, as a low carbon price continues to stymie energy market efforts.

Electricity 20-09-2017

Estonian presidency champions energy market digitalisation

Ahead of an informal meeting of EU energy and transport ministers in Estonia on Wednesday (20 September), politicians and industry representatives signed the Tallinn e-energy declaration, with the aim of digitising the market even further.

Climate change 19-09-2017

EU must cut emissions and adapt to climate change now, auditors urge

A wide-reaching report on the European Union’s climate action has urged Brussels to step up emissions cuts and adapt more quickly to climate change because its current efforts were not sufficient.

Climate change 18-09-2017

Trump told that Paris Agreement is ‘irreversible and non-negotiable’

The terms of the Paris Agreement are set in stone, the EU, China and Canada agreed at a summit in Montreal this weekend, while Washington was forced to deny that the US is planning to stay in the accord.

15-09-2017

Green groups say Greece granting illegal permits to polluting plants

Environmental activists have accused Greece of violating an international convention by directly granting permits to its national energy company and making it impossible for anyone to launch a legal challenge against them.

14-09-2017

Report: Nuclear power on the decline

Nuclear power seems on its way out, as construction of only one new nuclear reactor was undertaken in 2017, according to the World Nuclear Industry Report 2017. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 14-09-2017

Parliament adds forest ‘sinks’ to EU’s 2030 carbon budget

MEPs approved new rules on Wednesday (13 September) accounting for the "negative emissions" from forestry as part of the EU’s 2030 climate change policy, a move welcomed by conservationists but which scientists warn risks creating incentives to burn cheap biomass.

Climate change 14-09-2017

Juncker’s pledge to ‘make the planet great again’ fails to satisfy

Environmental groups and MEPs were left disappointed by Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address on Wednesday (13 September), after the Commission president only mentioned climate change anecdotally.

Jail terms for French carbon trading scammers

A top fraudster behind a tax scam in France using EU carbon emission rights was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday (13 September) as authorities press ahead with prosecutions over the €1.6 billion scandal.

Aviation 13-09-2017

MEPs give international flights respite from EU carbon fees until 2021

The European Parliament approved on Wednesday (11 September) a plan to keep commercial flights in and out of Europe exempt from the EU's carbon emission controls until 2021, in a move likely to be welcomed by the aviation industry.

Biofuels 13-09-2017

Palm oil for fighter jets: Under EU attack, producers seek alternatives

Facing a backlash in Europe over palm oil's environmental toll, the world's top producers are scrambling to find new markets and even striking unusual barter deals, such as exchanging Sukhoi fighter-bombers for the edible oil.

12-09-2017

EU closer to ‘genuine Energy Union’ as MEPs support gas supply solidarity

European lawmakers approved on Tuesday (12 September) a new security of gas regulation, which includes a solidarity principle in case of supply disruptions and will make it more difficult for other countries to 'blackmail' the EU's members.

12-09-2017

EU warned against renewables law ‘subverting’ the circular economy

Lawmakers in the European Parliament will next month examine a draft renewable energy bill that recycling industries warn would allow EU countries to count the burning of biowaste towards their green energy obligations, undermining separate efforts to boost recycling.

11-09-2017

UK renewables boosted as costs fall below price of nuclear power

Offshore windfarms are to be built for a record low price in the UK early next decade, after developers bid far more aggressively than expected for a multimillion-pound pot of government subsidies. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

Electricity 11-09-2017

Poland to treat coal addiction by embracing nuclear power

Poland's ongoing large-scale investment in three new coal-fired power plants may be the country's last fossil fuel venture, its energy minister said on Wednesday (6 September), indicating a possible energy shift in the EU's largest eastern member amid revived plans to embrace nuclear power.

11-09-2017

Solar industry says EU tariffs on Chinese imports will raise panel prices

Europe’s solar industry has condemned an EU vote to impose another round of duties on Chinese imports, just weeks before a US trade panel is due to rule on similar tariffs. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

08-09-2017

EU lawmakers back 40% energy efficiency target for 2030

MEPs agreed on Thursday (7 September) to raise the bloc's proposed energy efficiency targets post-2020 in order to improve chances of meeting EU obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Biofuels 07-09-2017

MEPs criticise Commission’s ‘flawed’ policy on post-2020 biofuels

The European Commission's “scientifically unfounded” U-turn on biofuels will have significant implications for the agriculture sector and risks increasing the imports of GM animal feed from third countries, lawmakers warn.