renewable energy eu law Articles

  • Book Reviews: Nuclear Law - The Law applying to nuclear installations and Radioactive substances in its Historical context

    This is an important and timely book. Not so very long ago the future of nuclear energy appeared to be a matter principally of decline, decommissioning and waste disposal. While these are all still features of considerable importance, the past few years have seen a remarkable transformation in the fortunes of nuclear energy. With zero emissions of greenhouse gases in operation, the attractions of ...


  • Parliament finalizes EU biofuels reform rule

    On April 28, 2015, the European Parliament approved a draft law restricting crop-based biofuels in order to encourage production of advanced biofuels with low-risk ILUC and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The law, that was discussed in the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EU restricts use of first generation biofuels to promote advanced biofuels

    On April 14, 2015, Members of the European Parliament and certain ministers agreed to limit how biofuels derived from agricultural crops would be accounted for in the European Union's (EU) goal to increase the use of renewable energy. The new law caps the use of ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • High wire act: electricity transmission infrastructure and its impact on the renewable energy market

    Renewable energy (RE)—electricity from wind, solar, and other naturally renewing energy sources— has drawn increasing attention in the quest to reduce greenhouse gases on a scale commensurate with the dictates of climate science. Renewables have the potential to substitute for a significant proportion of the conventional fossil fuels prevalent in today’s electricity generation. ...

  • Oceans of Energy

    Technologies that harness the energy of moving water or temperature differentials in the oceans promise to deliver abundant carbon-free electricity. Long before humans got hooked on fossil fuels, we learned how to harness the power of water to do work. Rivers ran mills that ground flour, sawed logs or spun looms that transformed fibers into textiles. Later generations realized that moving water ...


    By Ensia

  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • Safety and security of energy infrastructures in Europe: the EC–DG JRC's energy risks monitor project

    After mapping of current European Union (EU) regulations on the management of accidental risks related to natural hazards and different industrial activities, this paper discusses insights from past European Commission (EC) initiatives on harmonisation of assessment and management of safety risks. Next, for the specific case of the energy sector, the on-going development of a methodology and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Europe should embrace `clean revolution`

    Companies have to courageously embrace the clean revolution but political leaders have to be ambitious enough to allow the economic certainty to invest in the technologies of tomorrow in all of the EU member states, writes Steve Howard, chief sustainability officer at IKEA, in an exclusive op-ed for EurActiv. Steve Howard is chief sustainability officer at IKEA, one of the 70 companies calling ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Call for Action on Agro Commodity Governance

    The Ecosystem Alliance’s call for action Over the last decade, various commitments towards sustainability of agro-commodity value chains have been made by governments and private sector. Relevant in this context is the recent zerodeforestation pledges included in the New York declaration on Forests. Despite important progress, translating these commitments into effective implementation ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Wind power growth in the US

    Last year was a banner year for renewable energy in the United States, especially for the wind industry. As the recent REN21 Renewables 2007 Global Status Report highlights, the industry broke all past global records, installing 5,244 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy capacity in 2007, or 30 percent of all new U.S. capacity added. This brings the cumulative national total close to 17,000 ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Progress towards 2008–2012 Kyoto targets in Europe

    Latest data confirm that the EU is on track to over‑achieve its Kyoto Protocol target In October 2013, the EEA published its annual assessment of the progress of the European Union (EU) and European countries towards achieving their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol for the period 2008–2012, as Part A of the EEA report Trends and projections in Europe 2013 – Tracking ...

  • 3 Key initiatives from Australia’s Climate Change Policy

    Australia is a major nation to watch when it comes to curbing climate change. The country made an international commitment to reduce its GHG emissions by 5 to 25 percent from 2000 levels by 2020. How Australia achieves these reductions can provide lessons on how other countries around ...

  • Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Australia: An Overview of the Current Policy Landscape

    This report outlines Australia’s policy framework for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, identifies areas of potential change in the near term, and attempts to evaluate the impact of current policies on Australia’s emissions trajectory to 2020. It assesses Australia’s international commitments, and the major policies of federal and state institutions to reduce emissions. It ...

  • Case Study: Wood Pellet Plant Helps Biomass Boiler Business Booming in UK

    UK: the world largest wood pellets consumer This wood pellet plant is located in British, one of the largest wood pellets importer in the world. The wood pellet market of UK has been developed in a very short period, started in around the late 1990’s. Now, the UK government is putting efforts on the development of renewable energy. While the biomass energy is expected to ...

  • Buying green! a handbook on environmental public procurement

    Introduction What is the connection between public purchasing and the environment? Public authorities are major consumers in Europe, spending some 16 % of the EU’s gross domestic product (which is a sum equivalent to half the GDP of Germany). By using their purchasing power to opt for goods and services that also respect the environment, they can make ...

  • New Environment Action Programme to 2020 – questions and answers

    Why do we need a new EAP? Global trends and challenges such as population dynamics and rising consumption in other parts of the world are making some environmental issues more pressing than ever - from resource and land use, to climate change. This makes it ever more important to address environmental problems at EU and at global level. The European Environment Agency's 2010 report on the ...

  • Climate change & clean technology: from challenge to opportunity

    Over the past few years, climate change and sustainability have been catapulted to the forefront of headline news. As ongoing public pressure for improved environmental stewardship continues to mount, governments are actively pursuing legislation, including regulations, to accelerate positive change. We have already witnessed significant regulatory, policy and legal changes related to lower ...

  • Questions and Answers on the Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning

    Why do we need a Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning? The uncoordinated use of coastal and maritime areas creates competition for maritime space and is an inefficient use of marine resources. A lack of predictability regarding appropriate access to the maritime space has created an uncertain climate for investment. With rapidly increasing demand for maritime space for new ...

  • Buying Green! A Handbook on Environmental Public Procurement

    Untitled Document Green procurement: the essentials Green public procurement is a step-by-step process. Here are the steps. ...

  • Questions and answers on the Commission Communication `Towards a Circular Economy` and the Waste Targets Review

    What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they remain in productive use and create further value. It may involve: Increasing the time products deliver their service before ...

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