About: energy mix

Energy 28-06-2022

EU ministers back 40% renewable energy target for 2030

EU ministers provisionally agreed on Monday (27 June) to ensure the share of renewables in the bloc's energy mix reaches 40% by 2030 – despite the fact that the objective is now rendered outdated by new proposals tabled since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 
OpinionPromoted content

We need to develop the heating sector to ensure better air quality

The current geopolitical crisis is of key importance for EU’s plans and strategies Due to the current geopolitical situation, all energy-related themes should also be seen in the context of the war in Ukraine. The European Union, as a community...
Electricity 17-02-2022

EU taxonomy shows the need to reform Europe’s electricity system

The battle around the inclusion of nuclear and gas in the EU sustainable finance taxonomy shows the importance of EU countries defining their own energy mix, particularly as Europe aims to introduce more intermittent renewables, writes Marc Deffrennes.

Europe’s winter of discontent: The cost of sluggish energy transition

After a summer of heatwaves and wildfires in Europe, it’s strange to think this winter could be uncomfortably cold for many, writes Timur Tillyaev.
Special ReportOpinionPromoted content

Getting off the fence? The future of coal in the Western Balkans

Driven by ambitious targets and a set of sharp regulatory tools, the Green Deal is about to redefine the European economy and policy. As to be expected from a transformation of that magnitude, developments do not always follow a straight...
Energy 22-06-2021

French senators give mayors right to veto wind turbine projects

Senators adopted an amendment Friday (18 June) giving municipalities the right to veto a wind turbine project as part of the currently debated Climate and Resilience Law. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 25-05-2021

Bulgaria’s Radev hardens tone on EU climate policy

In what appears to have been a preview of his statement at the EU summit, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told journalists in Brussels on Tuesday (25 May) that the EU's climate policy comported “dangers” for low-income countries like his.
Electricity 12-07-2017

Energy and climate scenarios 2050

Download PDF  

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.