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EU Tension Over Biofuels Cap Intensifies

April 11, 2013 by Robert Potts
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By capping the production of these fuels, the European Union is hoping to create a larger production capacity for "second generation" biofuels, which are hoped to provide a more environmental friendly long-term solution.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Safety: Lessons of Fukushima for Europe [VIDEO]

March 26, 2013 by Kasper Peters
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Two years on from the Fukushima nuclear disaster following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the European Commission is about to propose new legislation on nuclear safety.[read more]

Biofuel Production in EU & Indirect Land Use Change [VIDEO]

March 19, 2013 by Kasper Peters

In October 2012, the European Commission published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production.[read more]

The Case for EU Demonstration of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology

March 15, 2013 by David Hone

For Carbon Capture and Storage technology, a demonstration programme which comprises several projects would begin to establish infrastructure, which in turn lowers the cost for additional projects.[read more]

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EU Policy Push a Boon for Energy Service Companies?

March 14, 2013 by Clare Taylor

As public budgets are squeezed in the grip of a long and weary recession, European policymakers are pushing hard to promote energy performance contracting as the silver bullet which can deliver public sector energy efficiency.[read more]

EU Climate & Energy Package 2030, Internal Energy Market & Offshore Safety [VIDEO]

March 11, 2013 by Kasper Peters

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Hughes Belin provides an extensive update on the latest policy developments and what to expect for the near future in the field of energy policy in the European Union.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Green Jobs to Boost EU SMEs

February 28, 2013 by Dr. Paola Fiore
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The 27 EU Member States should focus on and develop more specific policies and strategies related to three core themes, such as “resource efficiency“, “green markets” and “environmental jobs.”[read more]

EU Wind Energy Capacity Up 12.3 Percent

February 27, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

2012 proved to be a good year for wind power in the 27-nation European Union (EU), as installed wind power generation capacity rose 12.3 percent to surpass the 100-gigawatt (GW) mark.[read more]

EU Industry and Biofuels for Sustainable Transport

February 27, 2013 by Dr. Paola Fiore
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A sustainability initiative, called “Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels”, has been created in order to support the development of second generation biofuels in the European Union.[read more]

New EU Offshore Drilling Rules Agreed

February 23, 2013 by Matthew Cook

Member states and MEPs struck a deal on new safety regulations for offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction in EU waters.[read more]

An Update on Climate Change Legislation

January 19, 2013 by David Hone
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This week the organisation known as GLOBE met in London and launched its biannual review of national climate legislation. The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study is up to its third edition and covers the ongoing efforts in 33 countries. Of these, GLOBE claims that 18 countries have made substantial progress, 14 have made limited progress and one country has been singled out for taking a backwards step.[read more]

Energy Priorities of the Irish EU Presidency [VIDEO]

January 7, 2013 by Kasper Peters

Hughes Belin, leading Energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, met Pat Rabbitte, Irish Energy Minister, to discuss the Irish Presidency’s key priorities in the field of energy policy. Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union begins on January 1st 2013 and runs for the first half...[read more]

Utilities need to offer innovative energy services or risk being sidelined

May 14, 2012 by Tom Raftery

The EU has mandated a rollout of smart meters to at least 80% of households by 2020. What are some of the transformative ways we will we use the extra energy consumption information these meters will bring?[read more]

More Long-Term Pressure on Oil Prices

January 18, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

A pair of items in today's Financial Times could signal a longer run of high oil prices, even if Europe were to slip into recession and economic growth elsewhere slow. Geoffrey Styles explains how the combination of Saudi Arabia's increase of its target oil price and Venezuela's volatile leader will affect long run oil prices.[read more]

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back on Carbon Pricing

January 17, 2012 by David Hone

2011 turned out to be a busy year for the development of carbon pricing. Long the cornerstone of EU climate policy, the approach continues to find favour with governments focused on the issue of managing emissions, rather than those trying to manage the shape of the entire energy mix.[read more]