About: Claude Turmes

Energy 08-12-2017

Energy Union vote opens EU Parliament rift

A partisan divide has emerged in the European Parliament over proposals to beef up the governance of the Energy Union, with conservative and centre-right lawmakers rejecting what they described as an “outdated”, “inflexible” approach supported by the Greens and left-wing parties.

Energy 06-12-2017

Can energy governance replace binding targets?

Lawmakers will vote on Thursday (7 December) on a new energy regime that is meant to ensure the European Union meets its Paris Agreement goals. But much disagreement remains.

Energy 01-12-2017

Member states’ answer to low renewables ambition: Interim targets

The European Parliament says the EU’s proposed 2030 target for renewable energy needs to be raised in order to speed up deployment early in the next decade. But EU member states have a different idea.

Energy 10-10-2017

Energy transition in France: What to expect from the new government?

The ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ package of legislation is the EU’s response to the Paris Agreement on climate change, setting out the bloc’s energy and climate policies for 2030.

Electricity 05-10-2017

Sefcovic: France and EU ‘on the same wavelength’ on the energy transition

Europe’s energy transition is irreversible and France is poised to become its leader, European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said at an event in Paris on Thursday (5 October).

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.

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.

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.

Agrifood 07-09-2017

MEPs fear exposure to radioactive ‘Fukusushi’ if EU relaxes Japan import controls

The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) adopted on Thursday (7 September) a resolution condemning the Commission’s plans to relax controls on the radioactivity of Japanese food and feed imports following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Energy 05-09-2017

MEPs agree to bolster EU’s draft renewable energy target for 2030

The European Parliament’s energy committee confirmed on Monday (4 August) that MEPs want renewable energy targets to be more ambitious than the proposal put forward by the Commission.

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New plan for Africa called ‘best EU initiative ever’

MEPs are expected to pass on Thursday (6 July) the new European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD), a key element to a plan to raise as much as €88 billion, blending EU funds with national and private financing, bringing African development to a new level.

Energy 27-06-2017

Commission laments member states’ lack of ambition on energy saving laws

The EU's 28 energy ministers on Monday (26 June) agreed on a general approach to the revisions of two key energy efficiency directives. But the European Commission lamented a “significant reduction” in ambition compared with its original proposals.

Energy 17-05-2017

Stronger together: The EU’s energy and climate governance

Governance is not about imposing new obligations to member states. It is about mobilising and coordinating all relevant actors, including cities and regions. Europe is changing. Europe is greening. Let’s embrace this change rather than falter, write Michèle Rivasi and Claude Turmes.

Energy 15-11-2016

Leaked EU energy package subsidises fossil fuels, undermines renewables

EXCLUSIVE / The EU claims to be promoting an ambitious agenda at the Marrakesh climate conference, but its latest piece of energy legislation could subsidise new coal capacity and undermine market access for renewables. EURACTIV France reports.

Energy 03-10-2016

EU rules out ‘harmonisation’ of renewable energy support

The “active participation” of citizens and local communities in the supply and demand of electricity will be “the leitmotiv” of new energy proposals the European Commission is preparing for the end of the year, according to a senior EU official who ruled out harmonisation of national support schemes for renewables at this stage.

Energy 03-06-2016

Commission rapped for ‘cheating’ on energy efficiency finance

MEP Claude Turmes (Greens, Luxembourg), sharply criticised the European Commission for disregarding social aspects in energy efficiency and for not providing technical assistance for such projects.

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Energy efficiency 2016: The year of delivery?
Energy 02-06-2016

Energy efficiency 2016: The year of delivery?

The European Commission is preparing a make-or- break “year of delivery” on its flagship Energy Union strategy, with a steady stream of proposals expected in 2016.

Morten Helveg Petersen MEP, shadow rapporteur on the Energy Union.
Energy 25-02-2016

Parliament braced for Energy Union ‘tsunami of legislation’

Members of the European Parliament fear they will be swamped by a sudden flood of energy-related legislative proposals this year, with some urging their colleagues to take a step back and avoid the temptation to “optimise” laws in endless negotiating rounds.

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State of the Energy Union, one year on
Energy 25-02-2016

State of the Energy Union: Policy influencers debate the 1st year’s progress

A ranking of the top 40 policy experts with influence in EU Energy Union policy was unveiled at a debate on the “State of the Energy Union one year after its launch”.

Cañete confirms Commission climbdown over ‘Modelgate’

The European Commission has climbed down over the ‘Modelgate’ controversy about preliminary research for new energy efficiency laws, with Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete promising EU officials will analyse higher efficiency goals for 2030 than originally planned.

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Energy 15-01-2016

The North Sea: The untapped powerhouse of Europe

If the EU is to reap the benefits that the northern seas have to offer, a concerted effort is required both by the European institutions and the member states, write Claude Turmes, Theresa Griffin and Jeppe Kofod.

Gérard Mestrallet
Energy 09-12-2015

Energy utilities push carbon pricing, lobby against renewable targets at COP21

The association of power companies working under the 'Magritte Group' umbrella, called on Tuesday (8 December) for carbon pricing, rather than renewable energy targets, to be the main tool for fighting climate change.

MEPs go on warpath over energy efficiency days before COP21

EXCLUSIVE/ MEPs have stepped up pressure on the European Commission over its decision to effectively cap any increase to the EU’s 2030 energy efficiency targets, just days before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) begins.

Commission ‘pre-emptive strike’ puts cap on EU energy efficiency targets

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission’s decision to effectively cap any increase to the EU’s energy efficiency targets was branded a “pre-emptive strike” today (18 November) against the European Parliament, which would curb any effort by MEPs to boost the 2030 goals.