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Energy 12-04-2022

Securing its supply of raw materials: the wind industry’s next challenge

Europe’s wind power industry faces a new challenge as while the EU wants to build up its renewable energy capacity and break free from Russian fossil fuels, problems in the industry's supply chain could hamper that.
Energy 11-04-2022

Permitting and supply chain issues must be tackled to boost wind sector, says industry

Wind energy will play a key role in helping Europe break away from Russian fossil fuels and increase its energy independence, but slow permitting and strains on the supply chain need to be tackled if Europe wants a fast rollout of wind power, according to Sven Utermöhlen.
Energy 24-02-2022

Permitting issues risk derailing EU’s renewable energy targets, warns wind industry

Complex and slow permitting procedures are stalling the rollout of wind power in Europe, meaning the EU will likely miss its climate goals and be dependent on unreliable gas supplies for longer, the wind industry has warned.
Energy 15-02-2022

Anne Hidalgo’s climate program still waiting for consultation

Caution on nuclear power, ambiguous renewable energy ambitions, ideas for consultations: as the countdown to France's presidential elections continues, Paris Mayor and presidential candidate Anne Hidalgo's climate program still seems rather vague.
Energy 11-02-2022

Macron presents France’s long-term ‘nuclear-heavy’ energy plan

Multiplying solar energy capacity tenfold, deploying around fifty offshore wind farms and building six EPR 2 nuclear reactors. These are all part of France's long-term energy plan President Emmanuel Macron detailed on Thursday (10 February)
Energy 27-01-2022

Le Pen’s climate programme: pro-nuclear and pro-hydrogen, but anti-wind

Three months before the French presidential election, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National presented its 'economically viable' climate policy project, which aims to be pro-nuclear and pro-hydrogen, but anti-wind. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 14-01-2022

Berlin’s new wind power goals seen clashing with EU bird protection laws

The new German government aims to regain the rapid pace of onshore wind expansion it once had. To do so, it may have to clash with entrenched interests from nature conservation groups.
Energy 08-12-2021

Greek official: ‘Investing in natural gas is both rational and unavoidable’

Greece is transitioning away from coal, but investments in natural gas are "rational and unavoidable" because they are needed to support renewable energy, Alexandra Sdoukou told EURACTIV.
Elections 14-10-2021

France’s Le Pen says she will take down wind turbines if she is elected

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said that if she is elected president next year she will end all subsidies for renewable energy and will take down France's wind turbines.
Climate change 15-07-2021

French lawmakers agree on final version of climate bill

French MPs and Senators reached an agreement on the final version of the country's Climate and Resilience Law - an emblematic text of the presidential term that aims to support the country’s ecological transition by helping it reach its 40% emission reduction target by 2030. A final vote is expected this summer. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 12-07-2021

Fisheries may hinder Europe’s offshore wind expansion

Europe’s offshore wind industry has reported high growth rates in 2020, but now that EU member states are putting the finishing touches on their maritime spatial plans, fisheries could put the brakes on the expansion. The offshore wind industry recorded...

BASF starts building its own offshore wind farms

The world’s largest chemicals company, Germany's BASF, has forged partnerships with energy groups Vattenfall and RWE to build its own offshore wind farms in a bid to secure sufficient amounts of renewable energy for its chemical plants in Northern Europe. 
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.
Energy 18-06-2021

LEAK: EU’s draft renewable energy law meets criticism from industry, NGOs

A leak of the European Commission’s planned revision of the renewable energy directive has given further indication to the direction that the legislation could take, but it has been criticised by the renewables industry and NGOs for lacking ambition.
Circular economy 14-06-2021

Rare earth metals at the heart of China’s rivalry with US, Europe

What if China were to cut off the United States and Europe from access to rare minerals that are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines and drones?
Energy 04-05-2021

LEAK: EU’s draft renewables law confirms 38-40% target for 2030

An early draft of the EU’s upcoming renewable energy directive confirms the bloc’s objective of sourcing 38-40% of its energy from renewables by 2030, roughly doubling the share of solar, wind and other renewables in Europe’s energy mix by the end of the decade.
Electric vehicles 29-04-2021

Newspeak can’t obscure that EVs remain the most efficient choice

An attempt to redefine the notion of efficiency to bolster the case for synthetic fuels is simply a smokescreen to hide the truth: that battery electric vehicles are the far more efficient solution, writes Günter Hörmandinger.

Renewable industry coalition launches ‘policy charter’ to scale up green hydrogen

The renewable hydrogen coalition has launched its policy charter, showing the steps needed to boost green hydrogen in Europe and give the continent an edge in the race for sustainable energy.
Energy 09-02-2021

Europe invested a record €26bn in offshore wind in 2020

Europe invested €26.3 billion in new offshore wind farms in 2020, financing 7.1 GW of new capacity, despite the COVID pandemic, according to industry association WindEurope.
Energy 09-02-2021

Lawmakers call for ‘nuclear renaissance’ to support EU’s energy transition

Renewables will not be enough for Europe to meet its 2050 climate neutrality goal, says a coalition of centrist and conservative MEPs. Instead, the EU will need a nuclear renaissance to achieve it, they argue, referring to a fresh study on the EU’s climate policy.

China says ‘more consultation’ needed on EU carbon border levy

The European Commission needs to have further discussions with Beijing and other trading partners about its upcoming carbon border levy, a senior Chinese diplomat said at a EURACTIV event on Thursday (28 January).
Energy 11-12-2020

EU capitals request framework for cross-border renewable energy

EU leaders have asked the European Commission to set up an “enabling framework” to promote renewable energy projects across borders in a move that could benefit offshore wind.

Steelmakers call for ‘Green Deal’ to counter Chinese dumping

European steelmakers were already reeling from dumped Chinese imports and US tariffs when the coronavirus pandemic hit this year. According to trade body Eurofer, it will take two years for the industry to recover, a process it says could be accelerated with a new “Green Deal for steel” and a carbon border levy.
Energy 29-09-2020

The changing fortunes of Romania’s ‘wind power academy’

A professional reconversion scheme for coal workers that was once billed as Romania’s most ambitious green jobs programme to date has fallen into disarray one year after its launch following the recent change of government.