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Europe’s first marine turbine helps reduce Ouessant Island’s carbon footprint

A marine turbine submerged 55 metres deep in the Fromveur passage, a strait off Western French coast known for its strong current, has produced 15% of the electricity needed by Ouessant Island since mid-October. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 17-10-2018

Bill Gates launches EU clean energy ‘breakthrough’ fund in Brussels

The newly-established €100 million fund will help innovative European companies bring “radically new” clean energy technologies to the market, including the “holy grail” of batteries, the European Commission said.
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Climate change 29-03-2018

German economy and environment ministries clash over coal commission

The German ministries for economic affairs and energy (BMWi) and environment (BMU) are clashing over who should lead a highly strategic future commission that is tasked with preparing the country’s coal exit.
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 24-11-2017

‘We are the Energiewende’: German villages go 100% renewable

Local communities are at the forefront of the clean energy transition in Germany, with some villages relying 100% on renewables. EURACTIV Slovakia spoke to mayors there.
Health 05-04-2017

Only healthier diets can tackle climate change, experts claim

Governments are “trapped” by lobbyists, and it’s hard to fight climate change. But if young people are mobilised and turn to healthy lifestyles, there is hope, according to scientists. EURACTIV.com reports from Lyon.
Energy 09-03-2017

Green future can’t happen without consumers

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, a top European Commission official, declared that Europe’s transition to a green future will be impossible without the support of consumers, but admitted that the executive had been terrible at communicating its work, during a panel discussion held today (9 March).
Energy 27-02-2017

EU’s clean energy package gets national support

Negotiations for the third version of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package have officially begun.
Oil and Industry 28-11-2016

The Brief: Clean energy subsidies for all?

EU member states have a long, distinguished history of ignoring the European Commission when it comes to national energy subsidies.

Bill Gates announces the ‘Breakthrough Energy Coalition’

As COP21 opened in Paris today (30 November), Bill Gates announced the “Breakthrough energy coalition” uniting the efforts of two dozens of other billionaire philanthropists such as Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos to sponsor energy that doesn’t produce carbon.
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Global Europe 29-06-2015

EU ‘slipping down’ China’s clean tech agenda

As the EU-China summit opens in Brussels today (29 June), new research points to a “delivery gap” on clean energy, which is making the EU level less relevant to Beijing than individual member states, or the US.

Troubled ITER looks for new path

Bedevilled by technical delays, labyrinthine decision-making and cost estimates that have soared from five to around fifteen billion euros, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project is saddled with a reputation as a money pit.
Climate change 11-03-2015

Electric cars could cut oil imports 40% by 2030, says study

Electric cars could cut the UK’s oil imports by 40% and reduce drivers’ fuel bills by £13bn if deployed on a large scale, according to a new study.

Nuclear remains linchpin of French energy transition

Nuclear energy will gradually decrease but will remain at the centre of France’s energy transition for 2030 and 2050, which was presented on Wednesday (30 July). EURACTIV France reports.

Council rubber stamps private-public partnerships in biomass, air, energy, electronics, medicine

The European Council Tuesday (5 May), approved the roll out of a series of public private partnerships worth up to €22 billion over the next seven years.
Energy 07-02-2014

German energy prices 50% higher than EU average: McKinsey

One of the biggest challenges to the new German government will be to put the energy transition back on track, according to a recent study. Negative trends persist as Germany's domestic energy prices rose to 48% above the European average, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 10-10-2013

Efficiency lags behind in EU’s triple energy target

Only four EU countries are on course to meet their energy efficiency target for 2020, while the Union is broadly on track to meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, the European Environment Agency says in a new report.
Energy 17-04-2013

Clean energy progress too slow to limit global warming, warns IEA

The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday (17 April).
Public Affairs 06-11-2012

Polish energy firms intensify coal lobbying in Brussels

EXCLUSIVE: This year’s annual European coal industry conference in Brussels is being co-organised by the Central European Energy Partners (CEEP), which was founded by, and is mostly made up of, state-owned Polish energy firms.
Climate change 11-10-2012

Clean energy investment plummeting, says Bloomberg report

Global investment in clean energy fell to $56.6 billion (€43.9 billion) in the third quarter of 2012, down 20% year-on-year and signalling that 2012 will see the first annual decline in eight years, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Brexit 23-07-2012

London 2012 falls short of ‘greenest ever’ targets, report shows

The "greenest Olympics ever" could have been a great deal greener than they will be, says a critical new report that finds fault with the handling of the Games' environmental impact.
Development Policy 18-06-2012

Global clean-energy ‘revolution’ falters ahead of Rio

SPECIAL REPORT / A UN push to provide electricity to more than 1 billion people who live off the grid is threatened by indecision at an important global development conference this week, despite robust support from EU leaders.
Climate change 13-01-2012

Green energy investment soars to $260bn globally

Global investment in clean energy reached a new high of $260bn (€203bn) last year, despite the financial crisis and the anti-environment agenda of Republicans in the US Congress, a United Nations investors' summit was told on Thursday (12 January).  
Energy 23-06-2011

Brussels slaps opt-outs on efficiency plan

EU member states have been granted an opt-out from efficiency plans that would force energy companies to make savings among final customers of 1.5% a year.

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