Renewable energies

Renewables overtook fossil fuels as EU’s main power source in 2020

Energy 25-01-2021

Renewables generated 38% of the EU’s electricity in 2020, overtaking coal and gas to become the main source of electricity for the first time ever in Europe, according to fresh data released on Monday (25 January).

MEPs back natural gas as a ‘bridge’ to 100% renewable hydrogen

Gas should be used as a bridging solution to produce hydrogen before green varieties made from renewable electricity become commercially available, according to a motion adopted in the European Parliament's environment committee.

EU green finance advisors asked to clarify ‘transition’ to net-zero climate goal

The European Commission has asked advisors to rework the EU’s green finance taxonomy rules after member states rejected draft implementing guidelines, unhappy about the exclusion of gas as a “transition” activity towards net-zero emissions.
Climate change 25-01-2021

EU foreign ministers to push for global fossil fuel phase-out

European Union foreign ministers will promote a global phase out of fossil fuels and reaffirm commitments to funding climate adaptation at a meeting on Monday (25 January).
Electricity 22-01-2021

EU electricity markets: Fit for the renewable future or not?

There is growing recognition in the industry that Europe’s wholesale electricity markets will need to be reformed once again to allow higher shares of renewables in the power system, writes Mike Parr.
Energy 18-01-2021

Shift to renewables ‘significantly decreased’ emissions, EU agency says

Europe's shift from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable sources has cut down on greenhouse gas emissions while tackling environmental problems, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Monday (18 January).

Malaysia takes WTO legal action against EU over palm biofuel curbs

Malaysia is taking legal action at the global trade watchdog against the European Union and member states France and Lithuania for restricting palm oil-based biofuels, the government said.

Airlines join NGO calls for tougher EU biofuel regulations

Major airlines, including Easyjet, KLM and Air France, have joined with environmental NGOs to call for stricter policies on biofuels and reduce the aviation sector's environmental impact.
Climate change 11-01-2021

Positive ‘tipping points’ provide fresh hope for climate, study says

Positive “tipping points” in the uptake of electric vehicles and the decarbonisation of electricity generation could spark a global transition to a climate neutral economy, scientists say, providing fresh hope in the fight against global warming.
Energy 06-01-2021

North of England homes to pilot hydrogen heating

More than 650 households and commercial properties in a village near Gateshead in the north of England will trial the use of blended green hydrogen to be used for heating, reports EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net.
Energy 22-12-2020

Mind the gap: how EU countries perform on climate

EU member states will need to step up their efforts on renewables and energy efficiency in order to meet the bloc's updated climate and energy targets for 2030.
Energy 21-12-2020

Energy utilities prepare to deliver new 2030 climate target

Now that the EU has raised its 2030 emissions reduction target from 40% to 55%, questions are being asked about how utility operators can make the changes necessary to transform the energy system.
Energy 21-12-2020

Electricity, heat and lithium: geothermal offers new hope for old mining county

A project in Cornwall, England, is building on the county’s history of tin mining, looking to restore jobs and boost the local economy by developing a new geothermal plant that will produce electricity, heat and, hopefully, lithium.
Energy 15-12-2020

LEAKED: EU’s trans-European energy infrastructure plan update

The European Commission will unveil plans on Tuesday (15 December) to finance cross-border energy infrastructure, as pressure builds on the EU executive to provide funding only to clean energy projects that will accelerate the transition to climate neutrality.
Energy 11-12-2020

EU capitals request framework for cross-border renewable energy

EU leaders have asked the European Commission to set up an “enabling framework” to promote renewable energy projects across borders in a move that could benefit offshore wind.
Energy 11-12-2020

Fossil fuels axed from EU’s just transition fund, but loophole remains for gas

The European Parliament reached a provisional agreement with EU member states on Wednesday (9 December), which sees fossil fuels axed from the EU's just transition fund but finding their way back into EU regional development funding until 2025.
Energy 11-12-2020

Offshore wind should be seen as a joint European resource

The European Commission's aim of 300 GW of offshore wind capacity exceeds the needs of coastal states, so countries need to work together to hit this target and achieve the full potential of offshore wind, writes Zsuzsanna Pató.
Energy 03-12-2020

‘Complete overhaul’ of buildings needed to meet EU’s 2030 climate goal

Europe needs a “complete overhaul” of its buildings to meet a higher 2030 emissions reduction target, according to new research published today (3 December).
EU-China 01-12-2020

Renewable energy opportunity for EU-China development cooperation

Cooperation in the renewable energy sector, such as hydropower, wind power and photovoltaic, between China and countries along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or third countries has significantly grown in recent years. A senior scientist suggests an EU-China partnership could benefit all involved.
Energy 01-12-2020

IRENA chief: EU geothermal capacity could grow eight-fold by 2050

Geothermal is competitive with wind and solar technologies and can work together with them to create a reliable supply of renewable energy, according to Francesco La Camera, who sees geothermal capacity as growing up to eight-fold in the EU by mid-century.
Energy 30-11-2020

Europe on track to smash its 2020 climate goal, EEA says

Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union dropped by 3.7% last year, bringing the bloc on track to smash its 2020 emission goals by 4 percentage points, according to the European Environment Agency.
Energy 27-11-2020

What is the real cost of green hydrogen?

What is the real cost of green hydrogen? Is there a reliable and straightforward way to obtain this cost? What information is needed? Is it valid to compare green hydrogen prices with grey or blue hydrogen prices? Mike Parr and Simon Minett attempt to answer these questions.

Renewable or ‘low-carbon’? EU countries face off over hydrogen

EU member states are fighting over which type of hydrogen to support, with two opposing camps facing off: those backing green hydrogen produced exclusively from renewable electricity, and those in favour of a broader “low-carbon” definition, which also includes nuclear power and decarbonised gases.

EU Commission backs global hydrogen market with euro as its key currency

Europe wants to install the euro as the reference currency for trading hydrogen, but a global market with harmonised standards needs to be put in place first in order to meet demand, the EU's energy commissioner said on Thursday (26 November).
Energy 24-11-2020

Trade bodies team up to grow Europe’s green hydrogen sector

Trade bodies including WindEurope and SolarPowerEurope have received backing from Bill-Gates-backed Breakthrough Energy to form a new coalition aimed at growing renewable hydrogen production and use across the continent.
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