european commission

Energy Efficiency: The 'First Fuel' and a Source of Energy in its Own Right

April 13, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Energy Efficiency and Fuel Resources

In the final EU Energy Union document “A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy”, the European Commission recognized the massive importance of improving overall energy efficiency.[read more]

Europe's Love Affair with the Investor Confidence Project Gets Serious

March 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Europe and Investment

The European Commission is supporting an initiative to increase private investment in energy efficiency, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP). ICP is accelerating the development of a global energy efficiency market by standardizing how projects are developed and energy savings are calculated.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: Special on the Energy Union [VIDEO]

February 13, 2015 by David Thual

Energy Union Special

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview ofprogress made on the EU’s Energy Union project, ahead of the formal launch of the Energy Union by the European Commission on 25 February.[read more]

EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

January 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

EU Energy Planning Problems

Ahead of the new European Commission’s publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels.[read more]

'2030 Climate and Energy Package Vital to EU's Energy Security' Stresses European Commission [VIDEO]

October 28, 2014 by David Thual

EU Energy and Climate Planning


Marie Donnelly - Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission - speaks with energy journalist Hughes Belin about the EU climate and energy goals for 2030 and discusses the implications of the 2030 package for the European Union’s energy security.[read more]

5 Toughest Questions for Maroš Šefčovič - European Commissioner for Energy Union [VIDEO]

October 27, 2014 by David Thual

Energy Union Hearings

Maroš Šefčovič had to answer a number of very difficult questions during his recent hearing by the European Parliament’s Committees on Industry, Research & Energy (ITRE) and Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (ENVI) on October 20th.[read more]

European Commission Enhances Energy Security Through its Covenant of Mayors [VIDEO]

October 8, 2014 by David Thual

European Energy and the Covenant of Mayors

Hughes Belin is joined by Marie Donnelly, Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission, to discuss how communities can secure a sustainable energy future, and explain how the Covenant of Mayors is a great example of subsidiarity and the action of local people when it comes to sustainable energy.[read more]

5 Toughest Questions for Miguel Arias Cañete on Energy and Climate Action - Hearings of New European Commission

October 6, 2014 by David Thual

Questions and the New European Commission

Miguel Arias Cañete - European Commissioner-designate for Climate Action and Energy - had to answer a number of difficult questions during his hearing by the European Parliament’s Committees on Industry, Research & Energy (ITRE) and Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (ENVI) on 1 October.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: European Commission Introduces Ambitious 2030 Target [VIDEO]

July 29, 2014 by David Thual

2030 Efficiency Targets

On July 23, the European Commission adopted the Energy Efficiency Communication which introduced a new energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030. Energy efficiency is one of the key pillars of the European Union’s energy and climate strategy for 2030, on which European leaders aim to agree in October.[read more]


Energy Efficiency Investment: Is Europe Open for Business?

March 26, 2014 by Clare Taylor

So far the European Commission recent climate and energy proposals lack a 2030 target for energy efficiency. But investing in energy-efficient buildings makes sense for carbon abatement and Europe's fuel import bill. According to Dr Steve Fawkes, investor confidence is what is needed most.[read more]

Europe's New Emissions Goals

January 23, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

European Emissions Goals

The European Commission has recently recommended a set of new goals for its climate and energy policies. The actual centerpiece of this proposed policy is a forty percent reduction target for all of the member nations from 1990 levels.[read more]

EU May Make German Industry Pay for Renewables

June 1, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Making households pay a disproportionate amount of the bill for renewable energy is quite obviously unfair and will lead to an inevitable political backlash against subsidizing renewables.[read more]

EU Position on Shale Gas [VIDEO]

March 2, 2013 by David Thual

EU on Shale Gas

Sonja Van Renssen, leading Energy & Environment journalist for viEUws met with the Joe Hennon, Environment Spokesman for the European Commission, to discuss Shale Gas.[read more]

European Commission Holds Firm, Rejects Daimler's Push to Block New Climate-Friendly Refrigerant

December 21, 2012 by David Doniger

Good news today from Brussels, as the European Community holds firm and rejects last-minute pressure from by Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz, to block the introduction of a climate-friendly refrigerant in car air conditioners. As I’ve written here and here, the world auto industry is on the verge of a transition from HFC-134a, a powerful heat-trapping gas with 1,430 times the climate-changing power of carbon dioxide, to HFO-1234yf, a chemical with just 1/360th the punch.[read more]

The Times and the EU ETS

September 2, 2011 by David Hone

Last Saturday (August 27, 2011) The Times featured the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) on its front page. Carbon markets are becomingly increasingly important and should appear in the mainstream media, but it’s also important that the media provide accurate context to fully explain often complex issues to the public. This particular story suggested that the EU ETS was being manipulated by power companies, enabling them to pass on to their consumers the full cost of carbon on the allowances that they are granted for free.[read more]