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New EU State Aid Guidelines for Energy and Renewables "Needed to Reach Climate Objectives," Claims Commission [VIDEO]

April 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU State Aid Guidelines

Jennifer Baker, leading journalist at, is joined by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokeswoman of the European Commission, to discuss the new State Aid Guidelines on Energy & Environmental Aid that will provide new criteria for the support of energy and environmental projects.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Putin Says Russia Could 'Completely or Partially Cease Gas Deliveries'

April 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Russian and Gas Supplies

In a letter to leadership in European countries receiving Russian gas that first transits Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that unless immediate steps are taken to ensure Ukrainian national gas company Naftogaz pays in advance for supply, Gazprom could close the valves.[read more]

EU Climate Policy 'In Line' with 2050 Goal, but What Does that Mean?

April 3, 2014 by Oliver Geden

EU declarations on climate policy are usually carefully crafted to suggest political consensus. Thus, it came as a surprise that the European Council has been able to conclude in March that a final decision on the EU's energy and climate policy framework 2030 should be taken in October 2014.[read more]

How Can US Natural Gas Reduce Europe's Dependence on Russia?

March 31, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Russia's annexation of Crimea has drawn new attention to Europe's reliance on energy supplies from Russia. Lacking the means to force Russia's president to back down, US politicians and leading newspapers have latched onto the idea of exporting shale gas to reduce the EU's vulnerability.[read more]

EU Commission Expects Deal on 2030 Climate & Energy Package by Autumn, Says Director General for Energy [VIDEO]

March 21, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Climate & Energy Package

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist at, is joined by Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy at the European Commission for an exclusive interview on the further steps to reach a deal on the 2030 climate and energy package.[read more]

EU Climate & Environment Briefing: All You Need to Know for March 2014 [VIDEO]

March 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Climate and the EU

Sonja van Renssen, leading journalist at, provides an overview of the latest developments in the field of European Environment Policy. Topics discussed include the European Union summit, the start of the ETS backloading plan, and new reporting rules for companies.[read more]

16% of Natural Gas Consumed in Europe Flows Through Ukraine

March 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Ukraine and Natural Gas Flows

Europe, including all EU members plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, and the non-EU Balkan states, consumed 18.7 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in 2013. Russia supplied 30% (5.7 Tcf) of this volume, with a significant amount flowing through Ukraine.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: 2030 Climate & Energy Framework, Energy Efficiency & Energy Prices [VIDEO]

February 6, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU and Frameworks for the Future

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues, including the 2030 Climate & Energy Framework (emission reduction and renewables target) and postponed measures on energy efficiency.[read more]


Taking Stock of the EU's Proposed 2030 Climate Target

January 29, 2014 by Emil Dimantchev

EU Climate Targets

The 40% GHG target for 2030 featured in the EU Commission's white paper leads to an increase in the annual EU emission reductions, putting the EU on a linear track to an 80% emission reduction by 2050. However, it falls short of a "fair" contribution to the global 2°C target.[read more]

EU Climate & Energy Framework "Will Foster Innovation," Claims Climate Commissioner Hedegaard [VIDEO]

January 27, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Climate Framework and Innovation

Leading environment and climate journalist Sonja van Renssen is joined by Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard for an exclusive interview on the interaction between competitiveness and the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework.[read more]


Commission Proposes a Market Stability Reserve for Europe's Carbon Market

January 23, 2014 by Emil Dimantchev

EU Commission Propositions

The European Commission has proposed to implement a market stability reserve in the European Carbon Market, triggering a much needed debate in Europe about the stability of the bloc’s carbon market. A stability reserve will enhance the predictability and credibility of EU's emissions trading system.[read more]

For the EU, the Type of Target Really Matters

January 21, 2014 by David Hone

EU Emissions Targets

As the EU Commission gears up to release its 2030 Energy and Climate White Paper in Davos week, there is considerable discussion regarding the emissions reduction target that will be recommended. Historically the EU has been keen on multiple targets, but in recent years this has backfired.[read more]

Will Europe Scrap its Renewables Target? That Would Be Good News for the Economy and for the Environment

January 20, 2014 by Robert Stavins

The European Union is considering scrapping the use of binding renewable energy targets as part of its global climate change policy mix that will extend action from 2020 to 2030. The Financial Times reported that this move will “please big utility companies but infuriate environmental groups.”[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy Priorities: All You Need to Know for 2014 [VIDEO]

January 16, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Priorities

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, takes a pick at the top five energy issues that will be discussed by the European Union institutions under the Greek EU Presidency during the first half of 2014.[read more]

EU Climate & Energy Policy: Europe "Must Get Ready for Paris," Argues Commissioner [VIDEO]

January 9, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU and Getting Ready for Paris

Sonja van Renssen, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, is joined by Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard for an exclusive interview on the outcomes of the COP19 talks, which took place in Warsaw late November 2013.[read more]