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Electricity 12-07-2017

Energy and climate scenarios 2050

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The EU has set a long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. But getting there will be a huge challenge that will require a transformation of our energy system.
Jerzy Buzek
Climate change 07-12-2015

Jerzy Buzek: ‘Let’s not be hypocrites’ about coal

Poland should continue relying on coal but only at the condition that it uses the newest technologies, says Jerzy Buzek, as COP21 enters its second week.
The Troll A platform
Energy 30-11-2015

Role of gas in EU energy policy must be recognised

Norway has the resources needed to remain a major, reliable and long-term supplier of gas to Europe for many decades to come. But the industry needs clear signals from the market to choose a pipeline connection to Europe, writes Tord Lien.
Zones of shale gas in Poland [Polish institute of Geology]
Energy 12-09-2014

Shale gas in Poland – from exploration to exploitation

SPECIAL REPORT: There are 65 shale gas wells and drills in Poland, more than any other European country. The UK, the other EU member state with plans to develop the resource, has only a couple of wells.
Energy 19-12-2012

Coal to challenge oil’s dominance by 2017, says IEA

Coal is likely to rival oil as the world's biggest source of energy in the next five years, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate, according to the world's leading authority on energy economics.
Brexit 08-06-2010

Shale gas not yet game-changer for Europe

Shale gas cannot be seen yet as a game changer in Europe as it is in the United States, where roughly 50% of the country's needs are met by developing unconventional gas. The conclusion was reached by international experts at a public event held in Brussels yesterday (7 June).
Energy 23-03-2010

Sweden eyes nuclear revival after 30-year ban

The centre-right Swedish government unveiled legislation on 22 March to allow the construction of new nuclear reactors, in a bid to replace the ten ageing ones that still produce about 40% of the country's electricity.
Energy 25-11-2009

EU industry reports strong growth in renewable electricity

Renewable energy generation capacity in Europe grew by 13% in 2007, indicating a strong move towards low-carbon technologies, according to statistics published by electricity industry association Eurelectric on Monday (23 November).
Energy 12-11-2009

IEA urges low-carbon energy investments

The world will need to spend an additional $10.5 trillion in the next two decades on energy efficiency and low-carbon energy to avoid runaway climate change, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Energy 16-10-2009

Fossil fuel production soars despite recession

Fossil fuel producers are dodging the global downturn as production of oil, coal and natural gas reached record levels last year, the Worldwatch Institute said yesterday (15 October).
Elections 29-09-2009

Centre-right victory rewrites Germany’s anti-nuclear agenda

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's majority for a new centre-right government means she can rewrite a national nuclear phaseout deal by allowing reactors to run longer than laid down by her predecessors.
Energy 03-02-2009

Czechs push for greater EU focus on electricity

The EU should focus its attention on building new power production and transmission capacity, because energy security is not only about diversifying supplies away from oil and gas, said speakers at a conference organised by the Czech EU Presidency. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports from Ostrava.
Energy 20-11-2008

European energy sector ‘continuous environmental threat’, warns EEA

Despite improved efficiency in electricity and heat production and a cleaner energy mix, the power sector still produces 80% of European greenhouse gases, putting significant strain on the climate, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) study shows.
Energy 25-07-2008

Microgeneration: Power to the people?

Households and neighbourhoods feeding small-scale electricity and heat into a decentralised European energy grid: this is the vision developed by proponents of microgeneration. Yet at present, the EU's energy system remains centralised and dominated by large power plants. 
Energy 06-06-2008

IEA calls for energy technology ‘revolution’

As current levels of carbon emissions approach "unsustainable levels", the International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report urging governments to implement a "global energy technology revolution" to reverse existing trends.
Energy 12-03-2008

Energy Technology Research

Speeding up research in low-carbon technologies is considered key to facing the twin challenges of climate change and energy-supply security but the EU is still lagging behind when it comes to big R&D budgets. In November 2007, the Commission tabled a Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) in an attempt to improve collaboration between the EU and member states on the issue.
Development Policy 04-03-2008

Interview: EU climate change objectives ‘insufficient’

Aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 will not be enough to allow the EU to assume a leadership role during upcoming global climate negotiations, argues Yannick Jadot of Greenpeace in an interview with EURACTIV France.
Energy 11-01-2008

Britain gives green light to new nuclear power plants

The British government on Thursday approved plans to set up new nuclear power plants "well before 2020", setting no limits and giving a further push to the worldwide renaissance of nuclear energy.
Energy 30-11-2007

Towards a ‘European energy community’

EU plans to build an 'energy community' to deal with the challenge of climate change, security of supply and competitiveness are "as full of risks as […] hopes" given the "violent conflicts of interest and prejudices" involved, according to Philippe Herzog, president of French think tank Confrontations Europe.
Energy 08-10-2007

Nuclear and CO2 storage ‘key’ to future EU energy mix

Renewable energies alone will not be sufficient to deliver the ambitious CO2 reduction targets agreed by EU leaders for 2020, warned a top Commission official speaking to EURACTIV. Nuclear power and 'clean' fossil fuels using carbon sequestration and storage will be needed if Europe is to make up for the shortfall, said Matthias Ruete, Director General of the Commission's Transport and Energy directorate.
Energy 19-09-2007

Natural gas: ‘The slow, sure rise of a winner’

Despite the obvious advantages of natural gas, it has had to overcome many obstacles before playing its major role on the international energy scene, writes Alain Beltran in an article for Energies magazine, a publication by French oil company Total.
Development Policy 11-09-2007

Energy poverty and political vision in the developing world

Political leadership is vital in addressing energy poverty issues in Africa and other developing regions, writes Alejandro Litovsky for Open Democracy – calling on leaders to adopt a "stronger and more coherent vision".
Energy 03-09-2007

Gas: an energy with a bright future

While oil resources are declining and countries are seeking to diversify their energy supply, there are large reserves of natural gas and an increasing number of uses to which it can be put. The future for gas therefore looks bright, argues Yves Mathieu in an article for 'Energies' magazine, a publication of the major French oil company Total.

The EU’s energy mix: Aiming for diversity

Securing a diverse energy mix has been identified as a key policy objective in order to shield Europe from potential external energy crises and achieve supply-security and environmental sustainability in the long term.

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