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Energy 28-01-2019

What’s in the German coal commission’s final report?

With negotiations having lasted eight months and the outcome already postponed once, the German Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment (the so-called “coal commission”), has presented its final report. What's in it? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 27-10-2015

German ‘dirty deal’ on brown coal criticised

Germany is set to create an emergency pool of reserve power using its brown coal power stations. Reaction has been mixed to the proposal. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 13-10-2015

Auditors find that German nuclear providers can afford phase-out

A German government-initiated "stress test" of nuclear power providers' capacity to pay for the country's nuclear phase-out has been released. The verdict is positive, but not entirely certain. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Fossil fuel divestment on the agenda at Greens conference

Environmental protestors have met in Paris to discuss how they can undermine the energy industry's investment plans in fossil fuels. Their goal: the drastic reduction of CO2 emissions. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Energy 01-04-2015

Germany’s CO2 emissions decrease for the first time in 3 years

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks spoke of a trend reversal, as overall greenhouse gas emissions were observed decreasing again for the first time in 3 years. But in the agriculture and transport sectors, the trend is quite the opposite. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 24-03-2015

Berlin fracking bill criticised ahead of UN climate talks

For months, the German government has been working on a bill that would legalise fracking. But environment and health advocates warn that it sends the wrong message ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Workers in Map Ta Phut, a petrochemical industrial hub in Thailand [©Solvay photolibrary]

Chemical industry guarded about its European future

The European chemical sector has issued a “very serious” warning about its slumping competitiveness, but refuses to be alarmist just yet, saying shareholders should not worry, that big industrial groups are now global, and less exposed to Europe.
Development Policy 30-10-2014

IEA: Sub-Saharan Africa will produce more gas than Russia

Sub-Saharan Africa will outstrip Russia as a global gas supplier by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), spurring European Union efforts to wean itself off its Russian gas addiction by investing in the region’s development.
Economy & Jobs 09-09-2014

Analysts: Weimar Triangle key for Poland’s new role in EU

SPECIAL REPORT: Warsaw needs to articulate more clearly its expectations and policy interests in the context of the Weimar Triangle, a format grouping three large members of the EU, France, Poland and Germany, in order to maximise its political leverage in the Union and beyond, analysts told the EURACTIV network.
EU Priorities 2020 03-05-2013

Businesses tell Barroso to reshape EU energy policy

The powerful employers’ group BusinessEurope has called on European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to radically shift the EU's energy policy away from climate change mitigation towards cost-competitiveness and security of supply.
EU Priorities 2020 15-01-2010

Oettinger defends European vision on energy

Germany's Günther Oettinger, who has been nominated for the European Commission's energy portfolio, sought to prove his European credentials at his confirmation hearing by outlining plans to enforce energy solidarity and spelling an end to bilateral energy deals with suppliers such as Russia.
Energy 07-12-2009

EU energy regulators’ seat goes to Ljubljana

The EU's new Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) will be located in Ljubljana, Slovenia, ministers decided yesterday evening (6 December).
Development Policy 05-11-2009

EU-US summit yields energy cooperation

The EU and US have held the first meeting of a new transatlantic Energy Council, after the US President Barack Obama and EU leaders had agreed to establish the new energy forum for cooperation during a summit on Tuesday.
Energy 25-06-2009

Sweden seeks to steer EU onto energy-efficient path

Sweden plans to step up Europe's energy-efficiency legislation as it takes over the rotating six-month EU presidency at the beginning of July.
Climate change 28-05-2009

Power sector points to high cost of low-carbon economy

Power industry representatives debating options to finance clean energy policy on Tuesday (26 May) banked on carbon capture and storage and wind energy in the long run and gas in the short term, as the economic crisis increases the cost of investment in greener energy to reach the EU's climate goals.
Energy 27-05-2009

Oil prices take centre stage at G8 meeting

G8 energy ministers meeting in Rome on 24-25 May called for continued investment in oil and discussed energy policies that will help weather the financial storm.
EU Priorities 2020 13-03-2009

MEP: Parliament will stop Barroso’s stimulus plan

The European Parliament will mobilise a majority against Commission President José Manuel Barroso's five billion euro stimulus plan, Claude Turmes, vice-president of the Green / European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 10-03-2009

Barroso’s stimulus plan revamped at Nabucco’s expense

A Commission plan to spend five billion euro on clean energy and broadband Internet infrastructure projects has been redrafted. According to the new version, seen by EURACTIV, a number of countries will obtain more funding, at the expense of the EU's flagship Nabucco pipeline project.
EU Priorities 2020 24-02-2009

Commission’s ‘smart projects’ plan divides the Union

A recent plan by the European Commission to allocate five billion euro of so-called "unspent EU money" to clean energy and broadband projects antagonised the bloc's foreign ministers yesterday (23 February) and embarrassed its initiators too, EURACTIV has learned.
Energy 04-02-2009

Parliament backs bold plans for EU’s energy future

The European Parliament yesterday (3 February) endorsed a comprehensive blueprint for the bloc's future energy policy, including more ambitious targets on climate change and renewable energies in proposals due to be submitted to EU leaders next month.
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 14-11-2008

Commission unveils new energy-saving measures

The European Commission has proposed reinforcing existing efficiency standards on buildings and energy-using products as part of the Second Strategic Energy Review package announced yesterday (13 November).
Energy 13-11-2008

Commission makes energy ‘top priority’ of EU budget reform

Energy policy should rank among the "top priorities of the EU budget," claimed Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner Dalia Grybauskaite at a conference yesterday (12 November 2008) on reform of the EU budget.
Med & South 08-10-2008

‘Business as usual’ as EU and Russia resume energy talks

An EU-Russia ministerial meeting on energy to be held in Paris today (8 October) proves that relations between the EU and Moscow are back to "business as usual" despite the Georgia crisis, Commission officials said.

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