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Energy 24-02-2022

Germany braces for ‘more turbulent days’ on gas markets amid rising Russia tensions

With geopolitical tensions at their highest, German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck said he expects "more turbulent days" ahead on gas markets, and echoed calls from other politicians to establish a “national gas reserve” ahead of the next winter season.
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Power is still an important resource

The European power system is facing a serious adequacy challenge. This issue cannot be marginalised if constant access to electricity is to remain guaranteed.  Member States are closing power plants… The European power sector is changing very fast. The energy...
Energy 08-12-2021

The Polish government must wake up to the ‘third way’ out of the Turów crisis

It’s not too late for Poland's government to do the right thing by Polish workers and its neighbours and end the dispute over the Turów coal mine by committing to a planned closure of the mine this decade, argues Zala Primc, campaigner at Europe Beyond Coal.
Climate change 07-12-2021

Western Balkan coal power plants are the EU’s blind spot

The EU must step up action to insist that the Western Balkan countries bring down their pollution and comply with the emission requirements, write MEPs Petros Kokkalis and Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, who also propose instruments to achieve this goal.
Electricity 02-12-2021

Saxonian minister-president tells miners to protest against 2030 coal exit

The German coal states are victims of political whiplash: the country’s planned coal exit date went from 2038 to “ideally” 2030 within months. But their economic transition away from the coal industry is far from complete, say some.
Energy 18-11-2021

Down in a hole: Bosnia miners fear green revolution

For years, life in Bosnia's Breza revolved around its coal mine, but the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables threatens the industry that was once the pride of communist Yugoslavia.
Climate change 17-11-2021

Green MEP: ‘Climate adaptation and loss & damage will be the key fight at COP27’

Although the recent COP26 conference in Glasgow made progress on climate ambition, there is still a lot of work left to do to limit global warming to 1.5°C and prevent runaway climate change, according to Green MEP Bas Eickhout.
Climate change 15-11-2021

‘A step in the right direction’: EU reacts to COP26 deal

The United Nations target of containing global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius “remains within reach, but the work is far from done,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission.
Climate change 14-11-2021

UN climate agreement clinched after late drama over coal

UN climate talks ended Saturday (13 November) with a deal that for the first time targeted fossil fuels as the key driver of global warming, even as coal-reliant countries lobbed last-minute objections.
08-11-2021

Kiril Petkov offers preview of new Bulgarian politics in the making

'Change continues’, a new centrist political party in Bulgaria, is seen as the king-maker in a future coalition after the 14 November parliamentary elections. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV,  its co-leader Kiril Petkov gave a preview of his party policies.

Large coal users’ absence casts shadow over COP26 deal

Indonesia, Poland, Vietnam and other nations pledged on Thursday (4 November) to phase out use of coal-fired power and stop building plants, in a deal at the COP26 climate summit that failed to win support from the United States and large coal consumers such as China.
Energy 04-11-2021

COP26: 190 nations, regions and organisations commit to major coal power and financing phase-outs

A coalition of the world's major economies, financial institutions and organisations have come together to accelerate efforts to phase-out coal generating capacity and financing for new fossil fuel projects at COP26.
Energy 04-11-2021

Investing in fossil fuels amidst an energy price shock: the case of Greece

Tax reductions and subsidies to natural gas generate a wrong signal to the energy market, write Vlasios Oikonomou and Haris Doukas. A change of policy is needed before the phenomenon of energy poverty spreads throughout Greece and Europe this winter, they argue.
Energy 15-10-2021

Timmermans encourages Bulgaria to restart nuclear plant project

Commission's First Vice President Frans Timmermans advised Bulgaria to phase out coal production and said the EU would help if it reactivates a previous nuclear power plant project. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.

Bulgaria’s recovery plan aims at 2040 coal exit: PM

Bulgaria will try to negotiate 2040 as its target deadline to phase out coal for electricity production when it submits its coronavirus recovery plan to the European Commission, interim PM Stefan Yanev said Thursday (14 October).
Energy 30-09-2021

Czech-Polish talks on lignite mine dispute make progress, minister says

Talks between the Czech Republic and Poland have made progress in finding an agreement to end a dispute over a Polish lignite mine on their border, Czech Environment Richard Brabec was quoted as saying on Thursday (30 Septmeber).
Energy 21-09-2021

Poland refuses to close disputed coal mine despite EU court penalty

Poland vowed to keep its disputed Turów coal mine running despite being hit with a €500,000 daily penalty for defying an earlier court ruling to halt operations on Monday (20 September).

Europe needs to speed up on climate action

Europe's recent push to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions is desperately needed, but it is happening too slowly, with many key measures laid out in the Fit for 55 climate package not coming into force until the 2030s, writes Michael Bloss.
Elections 03-09-2021

Greens leader Baerbock: Extremist or progressive force for Europe?

Annalena Baerbock is the first Green lead candidate in German history. But who is Baerbock, and what are her plans for Germany and Europe?
Energy 30-08-2021

Coal exit debate haunts German parties ahead of election

With the German elections less than a month away, the country’s agreed 2038 coal exit looks increasingly untenable. Yet, with voters increasingly concerned about the climate, leaders' past policy choices are coming back to haunt them.
Energy 27-08-2021

Permit for Germany’s newest coal-fired power plant was invalid, court rules

Germany’s youngest coal-fired power plant, Datteln 4, was constructed based on an invalid development plan, a German court ruled on Thursday (26 August), following a case brought against the plant in the north-west of the country.
Energy 27-07-2021

G20 climate and energy ministers split over coal exit

China, Russia and India are among countries resisting a timeline to phase out coal power generation, leaving it to leaders to resolve the impasse later this year. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Energy 06-07-2021

Leaked diplomatic cables show ‘limited progress’ in Energy Charter Treaty reform talks

Little progress has been made to modernise a controversial agreement on energy investments that activists warn could derail decarbonisation efforts in Europe and across the globe, according to leaked documents.
Energy 01-07-2021

Spain joins campaign to phase out coal by 2030

Spain on Wednesday (30 June) joined an international campaign to set a date for closing all coal plants by 2030, signing up to a target it looks well-placed to beat by a wide margin.