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

October 8, 2014 by Kasper Peters

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 Kasper Peters

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 Kasper Peters

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]

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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
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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 Kasper Peters

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]

Japan & EU Betting on CSP

June 15, 2011 by Jim Arcadipane

Seeing the interest generated in response to my article on the potential CSP applications  promise in meeting some of our growing world energy demands, I'd like to cover more on this high profile energy technology. Gaining insights on the scope of current efforts being expended to push this solar concept forward, will also allow...[read more]

The price may not be right!

October 19, 2010 by David Hone
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Last year I argued in a post that the EU-ETS price was fine (at that time it had slipped to some €8 in the depths of the recession) in that it reflected the market circumstances of the day and needless to say the system would still deliver the targeted reduction by 2020. A year is a long time in a recession and although the price has recovered somewhat and in any case the 2020 target will be met, the current circumstances of the ETS may not be right at all. It is now pretty clear that by the start of Phase III there will be a considerable banked surplus of allowances in the system. The actual number varies depending on who calculates it, but it would seem to be somewhere between 800 million and 1.4 billion allowances. It means that not a great deal of effort will have to be expended to meet the Phase III targets and that it is unlikely any transformational change in power infrastructure will actually take place – save for meeting the renewables target. The Netherlands is even seeing 4 GW of unabated coal come into the mix.[read more]

EU considering increase greenhouse gas reduction target from 20% to 30% by 2020

May 26, 2010 by PaulB

Brussels, 26 May 2010.  The European Commission today presented an analysis of the costs, benefits and options for moving beyond the EU’s greenhouse gas reduction target for 2020 from 20% below 1990 levels to 30% once the conditions are met. At present these conditions have not been met. This communication follows the Commission’s...[read more]

A new EU target?

May 18, 2010 by David Hone

It is often the case that thought pieces on the future of climate change policy in the EU surface before formal publication. Such documents quickly do the rounds through various industry associations and the Commission then gets some early feedback on the reaction to the policy ideas. This has been the case in the last couple of weeks...[read more]

European Commission Projects 80% Renewable Energy by 2050

November 18, 2009 by Big Gav
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REW reports that confidence in rolling out renewable energy projects in Europe remains high - European Commission Projects 80% Renewable Energy by 2050.More than 550 high-level political decision makers at EU, national and regional level, representatives of the renewable energy industry, NGOs and scientists gathered in Brussels for the...[read more]

No decision from the European Council on financing for developing countries

November 1, 2009 by Climatico Analysis

 EU leaders failed to agree on a financing proposal for developing countries after their two-day summit this week, leaving the EU’s negotiating position on the issue open-ended. A Kenyan riverbed: developing countries are expected to bear the brunt of climate change because of their geography and their lack of capacity to adapt to...[read more]