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Energy 20-06-2019

EU Commission documents reveal fund that pays coal lobby staff

Internal EU documents show that a European Commission fund invests €40 million per year into coal research projects. The money also goes towards personnel costs for Europe's main coal lobby organisation.
Energy 18-11-2015

OECD agrees deal to restrict financing for coal technology

Members of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) struck a deal on Tuesday (17 November) to restrict subsidies used to export technology for coal-fired power plants, ending months of wrangling.
Climate change 30-07-2015

World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty

The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday (29 July), rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries.
Energy 16-03-2015

Pressure on polluters increases as coal industry declines across EU

The coal industry is declining across the European Union according to research published today (16 March).
Development Policy 06-02-2015

France to axe coal subsidies while EU stalls

EXCLUSIVE / The French government intends to end to its support for coal in developing countries. EURACTIV has seen a Commission document that shows that the EU has more modest ambitions. EURACTIV France reports
Energy 15-12-2014

Europe’s coal renaissance ‘was only a dream’, says IEA

Coal demand in Europe has continued to decline after a temporary spike caused by low prices, high gas costs, and the partial shutdown of German nuclear plants, according to research published today (15 December).
Energy 20-08-2014

Watchdog rules Peabody ‘clean coal’ ad misleading

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that an advertisement for “clean coal” by the world’s largest private sector coal firm, Peabody Energy, was misleading and should not be published again in its current form.
Trade & Society 04-06-2014

EU eyes export help for coal-fired power plants

European makers of coal-fired power plants could get financial help to export the equipment, according to a Commission policy paper, flying in the face of environmental opposition to any form of subsidy for coal.
Development Policy 08-05-2014

UK advertising watchdog launches probe into Peabody ‘clean coal’ ad

EXCLUSIVE / The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched an investigation into an allegedly misleading advert by Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company, which ran under the strapline: ‘Lets brighten the many faces of global energy poverty’.
Energy 25-09-2013

Greens outraged over Polish ‘clean coal’ push at UN climate summit

Poland has been starkly criticised for organising an ‘International Coal and Climate Summit’ to run parallel with the COP19 UN climate change conference it is hosting in Warsaw this November. 
Climate change 07-11-2011

Report questions benefits of coal plant credits

Coal plants in developing countries get billions of euros in climate finance for new projects that do little to reduce CO2 emissions, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) says in a new report.
Climate change 27-07-2010

Europe leads race for China clean tech market

European companies still have a stronger foothold in China's growing clean technology market than their American counterparts, according to Xiaomei Tan, China expert at the World Resources Institute (WRI).
Energy 22-06-2009

Germany agrees scaled-down CO2 capture law

Germany's grand coalition government has reportedly agreed to a scaled-down draft law on carbon dioxide storage after conservatives objected to some of the measures.

Climate votes offer missing piece in Chinese coal puzzle

MEPs have voted in support of a multi-billion euro fund to drive the construction of CO2 capture and storage demonstration plants. Coal-dependent China is said to be waiting for Europe to move on the issue, but EU governments are yet to formally back the financing plan.

Uncertainty over CO2 capture in ‘fossil future’

With hundreds of new coal-fired power plants planned within and outside Europe in the coming decades, pressure is growing on the EU to commercialise and export carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies to prevent a massive rise in global CO2 emissions. But difficult financing issues remain unresolved.  

MEP calls for mandatory CO2 capture by 2025

UK Liberal MEP Chris Davies wants all existing fossil fuel power plants to be retrofitted with CO2 capture and storage technology by 2025, and is calling for a moratorium on new plant constructions after 2015 unless the facilities are able to prevent 90% of their CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere.
Energy 05-05-2008

Interview: No ‘huge’ CO2 cuts for coal until after 2020

The EU should adopt a strict timeline with mandatory requirements to ensure that all new coal-fired power plants are capturing and storing the CO2 they emit by 2030, says UK Liberal MEP Chris Davies. He spoke to EURACTIV in an interview.
Energy 18-04-2008

Interview: Shell wants public money for CO2 sequestration

Shell is pushing for the use of EU taxpayers' money to finance expensive carbon capture and storage technologies as part of efforts to avoid run-away CO2 emissions linked to sky-rocketing global energy demand. Jeremy Bentham, Shell Vice President, and Chief Economist Steven Fries spoke to EURACTIV following the presentation of the company's 2008 Energy Scenarios.
Energy 16-11-2007

EU plans inclusion of CO2 storage in carbon trading scheme

Industrial greenhouse gases prevented from entering the atmosphere through the use of so-called carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology are to be credited as not emitted under the EU emissions trading scheme, according to Commission plans to be put forward next year.
Energy 07-11-2007

IEA warns of ‘runaway’ energy thirst as oil prices soar

China and India's emergence in world energy markets and their massive projected energy needs are the focal points of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2007 World Energy Outlook, which calls for a 'radical shift' in investment towards cleaner, more efficient energy technologies. 
Energy 21-09-2007

EU citizens air doubts about ‘clean fossil fuels’

Over two-thirds of respondents to the Commission's public consultation on an EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan are sceptical about the likely contribution of so-called clean fossil fuels, notably carbon storage, to the fight against climate change.
Energy 22-05-2007

Coal subsidies maintained until 2010

A Commission report arguing for the preservation of state aid to the coal industry was criticised by environmentalists as a missed opportunity to end subsidies for what they consider the "dirtiest" of all fossil fuels.
Energy 20-02-2006

EU to sign clean coal deal with China

A bilateral agreement to "encourage and develop" the capture and storage of CO2 from coal-fired power stations will take centre stage at the 6th EU-China Energy conference in Shanghai.