Renewable energies

Energy 20-07-2021

Europe’s hydrogen split: blue vs green and north vs south

The only element keeping blue hydrogen projects alive are subsidies and as green hydrogen declines in cost more government subsidies will be needed. This might be good for Shell and Exxon but is unlikely to be popular with voters, writes Mike Parr.

EU unveils plan to increase renewables share in energy mix to 40% by 2030

The European Union must increase the amount of renewable energy it uses and cut energy consumption by 2030 under proposals the bloc's executive Commission published on Wednesday (14 July) to help meet a more ambitious goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Europe’s ‘Fit for 55’ climate package: What to expect

On Wednesday (14 July), the European Commission is due to table a package of energy and climate laws aimed at reaching the EU's new, more ambitious climate goals. EURACTIV gives you the lowdown on the plan.

Glass packaging industry goes electric, adding to growing demand for renewable power

Unlike the steel and cement industry, the glass sector has a clear path towards decarbonising its processes: electrification. Yet renewable electricity is scarcer than the industry would like, raising concerns about its ability to meet EU climate goals.
Energy 08-07-2021

Why the European Green Deal needs a 45% renewables target by 2030

Looking at EU member states’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2030, the European Union is far from harvesting its full solar potential, writes Aurélie Beauvais.

French gas storage mechanism seen paving way for 100% renewable gas

The European Commission's green light for a natural gas storage aid scheme in France was welcomed by infrastructure operator Storengy, which says it will allow the transition to 100% renewable gas. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 29-06-2021

Decarbonising natural gas requires regulatory reform

The EU’s upcoming hydrogen and gas market decarbonisation package needs to address an array of key questions, including redirecting subsidies away from fossil fuels towards cleaner and renewable gases, argue scholars from the Stockholm Environment Institute.
Energy 28-06-2021

Draft EU renewables law falls short on geothermal

A leaked version of the EU's revised renewable energy directive is falling short of the geothermal industry's expectations when it comes to boosting renewables in heating and cooling.
Electricity 24-06-2021

‘UK’s first’ grid-scale battery storage system comes online in Oxford

A 50MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system has come online in Cowley, on the outskirts of Oxford, in what is described as a UK first. EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net, reports.
Biomass 22-06-2021

How the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive risks destroying Europe’s forests

If the Europe Union doesn’t want an explosion in the amount of wood being harvested for “renewable heat”, it’s essential that the bugs in the Renewable Energy Directive are fixed, write Samuel Thomas, Dominic Scott and Dr Jan Rosenow.
Energy 22-06-2021

French senators give mayors right to veto wind turbine projects

Senators adopted an amendment Friday (18 June) giving municipalities the right to veto a wind turbine project as part of the currently debated Climate and Resilience Law. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 21-06-2021

Green hydrogen: robbing ‘electricity Peter’ to pay ‘transport Paul’?

An upcoming EU Delegated Act should stipulate that green hydrogen be produced from additional renewables, argues Geert De Cock.
Energy 18-06-2021

LEAK: EU’s draft renewable energy law meets criticism from industry, NGOs

A leak of the European Commission’s planned revision of the renewable energy directive has given further indication to the direction that the legislation could take, but it has been criticised by the renewables industry and NGOs for lacking ambition.
Circular economy 14-06-2021

Rare earth metals at the heart of China’s rivalry with US, Europe

What if China were to cut off the United States and Europe from access to rare minerals that are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines and drones?
Energy 09-06-2021

Solar power boom clouded by rising costs, global supply chain squeeze

Global solar power developers are slowing down project installations because of a surge in costs for components, labour, and freight as the world economy bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry executives and analysts. The situation suggests slower...
Energy 08-06-2021

Study: Peak oil moves closer as energy majors shift to renewables

The world’s largest oil and gas companies increased investment in clean energy by 23% compared to 2018, despite a 6% fall in global energy demand last year caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research published on Tuesday (8 June).
Energy 02-06-2021

IEA: Renewables set to attract 70% of global energy investment in 2021

Global energy investment is likely to rebound to pre-pandemic levels this year, with most finance going towards renewables - but, ultimately, the new generation capacity financed will not be compatible with long-term climate goals.
Energy 02-06-2021

Helsinki bets on electrification to decarbonise heating

Electricity from heat pumps, combined with a shift to renewables in district heat networks, emerged as the winning technologies to drive the Finnish capital’s transition to carbon neutrality by 2035.
Energy 31-05-2021

Planned revision of EU renewables law opens door to geothermal

A leak of the planned revision for Europe’s key renewable energy legislation bodes well for geothermal energy, but it still does not go far enough to support a full rollout of the technology, according to the industry.
Norwegian PM Erna Solberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the NordLink inaugural event
Energy 27-05-2021

Record-breaking cable links Norwegian, German power grids

Europe's longest ever underwater electricity cable was inaugurated on Thursday (27 May) by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, marking the completion of the landmark €1.8 billion NordLink project linking the two countries' grids.

EU to target industry, transport in renewable energy rules

An upcoming overhaul of European Union renewable energy regulations will include measures targeting transport and industry, where the use of emissions-free energy sources are lagging, the bloc's energy policy chief said on Wednesday (26 May).
Biomass 26-05-2021

We can’t burn our way out of the climate crisis

In its new Net Zero scenario, the International Energy Agency (IEA) maps a 60% increase in bioenergy by 2050. But Swapping burning wood for burning coal won’t save the climate, warns Peg Putt.
Energy 20-05-2021

Global hydrogen production from nuclear power would require 400 reactors, French report says

To produce low-carbon hydrogen on a global scale, 400 1GW nuclear reactors would be needed, according to a note published Tuesday (18 May) by the French parliamentary office for the evaluation of scientific and technological choices (OPECST). EURACTIV France reports.

EU urges coastal industries to ‘join forces’ on blue economy, climate change

The European Commission today (18 May) launched a new plan for sustainability in coastal and ocean industries – known as the blue economy –  calling for them to join forces in the fight against climate change.