About: solar

Solar trade barriers: Who are they benefiting?

In December 2013, the European Union imposed trade defence measures on solar panels and cells from China, which are set to expire in September 2018.
Development Policy 21-12-2016

Huge solar plant beams power, hope to rural Uganda

When power goes out in the rural town of Soroti in eastern Uganda, store manager Hussein Samsudin can only hope it won't go on so long it spoils his fresh goods.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Commission calls for tougher EU trade defence measures

The European Commission is pushing for EU leaders to back stricter trade defence instruments against countries such as China at their summit in Brussels today (20 October).
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

Fjellner MEP: EU tariffs on Chinese solar imports are a Commission-backed cartel

EU trade defence measures on solar imports from China are, in effect, a European Commission-backed cartel, which benefits only German and Chinese panel producers and makes the fight against climate change more expensive, Christofer Fjellner MEP has said.
Trade & Society 18-10-2016

400 companies, NGOs demand immediate end of trade measures on Chinese solar

More than 400 companies from across the European Union, and leading environmental NGOS, have demanded the immediate end of punitive trade measures on solar panels and cells imported from China.
Energy 17-10-2016

Europe’s climate policy goals hinge on renewables, solar power

The Paris Agreement on climate change is an international commitment that can only be kept by the European Union if effective, consistent policy drives the shift to a low-carbon economy through action which boosts renewable energy such as solar power.
Energy 17-10-2016

Sunlight at the end of the tunnel?

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Europe is the most solarised region in the world, but deployment of technology needs to be stepped up if the bloc is to meet its climate commitments.
Oil and Industry 22-07-2016

New renewable energy directive should restore trust in sector, investors say

Member states should avoid frequent changes in renewable energy support regimes, investors and producers of clean energy contend. A number of stakeholders would prefer an EU-wide support scheme. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Energy 30-05-2016

Mediterranean nations’ ambitious renewable goals hurt by fearful investors

The countries of the southern Mediterranean have, in theory, excellent conditions in which to develop renewable energies. But regulations and risk-fearing investors are hampering progress. EURACTIV’s partner El País – Plan
Energy 12-04-2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Gas demand in Europe will most likely continue to decline. This is the reason why the competition for additional gas import infrastructure is so fierce and politicised - there is simply no need for more, Julian Popov told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Energy 07-01-2016

Record-breaking year for UK wind energy

New data from the National Grid reveals that 2015 was a record-breaking year for wind energy generation, with onshore and offshore wind farms setting new weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual records. EURACTIV's partner edie.net reports.
Climate change 16-12-2015

The early success of COP21

The Paris climate conference largely succeeded on its first day in global participation, low carbon innovation and carbon pricing, writes Professor Michael Grubb.
Energy 13-07-2015

Greek renewable power projects stalled by turmoil

Ambitious Greek renewable power projects aimed at reducing the country's dependence on energy imports from Russia will be on hold for some time, as the threat of exit from the euro prompts investors to delay initiatives.

Renewables jobs in EU drop, but rise worldwide

The number of renewable energy jobs worldwide increased last year by more than a million, an 18% rise to 7.7 million, but dropped in the European Union.
Global Europe 30-07-2013

Cooler heads prevail in EU, China trade row over wine and solar panels

China has agreed to discuss dropping its inquiry into whether Europe is dumping wine, the EU's trade chief said on Monday (29 July), after EU and Chinese officials made a deal to avoid tariffs on solar panels from China.
Trade & Society 03-12-2012

Debate begins over fate of renewable energy subsidies

EU energy ministers are poised to seek "non-binding" guidance from the European Commission on reform of green fuel subsidies as part of a debate on new post-2020 policy goals, according to a draft document.
Climate change 26-07-2012

China’s solar firms call for trade war over European challenge

China's solar firms warned of a trade war today (26 July) and urged the Chinese government to respond with all means to an anti-dumping complaint filed by European competitors.
Energy 22-04-2011

Bulgaria law aims to cool solar, wind energy surge

Bulgaria approved a new law on renewable energy yesterday (21 April) in a bid to cool a surge in solar and wind power projects that threatens to overwhelm its ageing power grid and boost electricity prices.
Energy 05-04-2011

Making nuclear safety a global public asset

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the question is not how to distance oneself from the nuclear sector but how to make it a safe industry, with joint safety standards, writes Claude Fischer, president of Confrontations Europe.
Climate change 16-12-2010

Scholar: ‘China is entering global renewables market’

A cocktail of climate damage, geopolitics and the quest for new markets is fueling a rapid Chinese move into renewable technologies such as wind, solar and wave power, Miranda Schreurs, director of the Environmental Policy Research Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin, told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Development Policy 16-12-2010

Chinese giant strides into renewable technologies

A perfect storm of environmental deterioration, economic opportunism and geopolitical jockeying for position is fuelling a rapid Chinese move into renewable technologies such as wind, solar and wave power, according to Miranda Schreurs, director of the Environmental Policy Research Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin.  
Energy 16-07-2010

Renewables dominate new power in Europe, US

More than half of all new electricity capacity added in the United States and Europe last year was from renewable power such as wind and solar, a body backed by the International Energy Agency and the UN reported.
EU Priorities 2020 16-06-2010

Rifkin: European dream not dead yet

Despite the economic crisis and the struggle to save the euro, the European dream is not dead yet: what Europe needs is an "economic vision and game plan that would create a seamless, distributive energy grid" to build a third industrial revolution, said Jeremy Rifkin, author of 'The European Dream', in an interview with EURACTIV.

Solar firms in ‘horse race’ for technology leadership

David Eaglesham, chief technology officer at First Solar, says all photovoltaic companies are scrambling to make efficiency and cost improvements. But if Europe is to retain its leadership, decisions on a regulatory framework are crucial, he told EURACTIV in an interview.

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