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  • EU call for regulation of wood ash fertilisers

    Wood ash may not be an ideal fertiliser for the forest after all, according to new research, which found high natural levels of toxic trace elements in wood ash. In addition, the study showed that adding wood ash could affect the forest soils in such a way that toxic elements are more rapidly released into the receiving waters. Wood ash is a by-product of wood burning which is classed as a form ...

  • Stronger powers for the EU Energy Agency

    The Industry Committee is insisting that the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators - proposed as part of the energy package - should have regulatory powers, contrary to the Commission's original plan. In Wednesday's vote on three related first-reading reports, overwhelming majorities on the committee backed a strong decision-making role for the Agency. The Commission, in its original ...


    By European Parliament

  • Empowering consumers in the EU energy market

    Today, Consumer Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, delivered a keynote speech at the Slovenian Presidency Competition and Consumer day which was devoted to energy. She highlighted the importance of reinforcing and implementing the rights of EU energy consumers. Only consumers who are informed and confident that their rights will be respected will be active on the market, switching to an offer which ...

  • U.S. vs. EU Chemical Regulation: Harmony and Conflict between TSCA and REACH

    The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' Young Lawyers Division presented a fascinating webinar on June 23, 2015, on the key areas of alignment and non-alignment between the European Union's (EU) and the United States' approach to chemical management by exploring the EU's ...


    By Acta Group

  • U.S. vs. EU Chemical Regulation: Harmony and Conflict between TSCA and REACH

    The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' Young Lawyers Division presented a fascinating webinar on June 23, 2015, on the key areas of alignment and non-alignment between the European Union's (EU) and the United States' approach to chemical management by exploring the EU's ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Pew Urges Reforms to EU Deep-Sea Fishing Regulations

    The Pew Environment Group today encouraged the European Commission to implement significant reforms to EU deep-sea fishing regulations. The Commission is preparing to release its deep-sea access regime proposal before the end of the first quarter of 2012. In a new policy analysis, " ...

  • EU-US Energy Star programme adopted in Europe

    The Council adopted today the new Regulation for implementing the EU-US Energy Star programme in the EU. This Regulation requires EU institutions and central Member State government authorities to use energy efficiency criteria no less demanding than those defined in the Energy Star programme when purchasing office equipment. Energy Star is part of the Community strategy to better manage energy ...

  • EU votes in energy efficiency for electric motors

    Minimum energy efficiency standards for industrial electric motors have been unanimously agreed by the European Commission. Electric motors are used widely in industry for processes such as pumping, ventilation, and in lifts and conveyor belts. They currently contribute significantly to non-domestic electricity consumption in the UK and account for around 70 per cent of the electricity used in ...


  • The future of Utilities - a single EU energy market?

    The Capacity Allocation Service Company for the Central West European Electricity market (CASC-CWE) has integrated the five electricity markets of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands into one. Corne Meeuwis, CEO, CASC-CWE believes the results – increased liquidity and competition in the five markets, and resolution to the problem of scarce capacity – will speak for ...


    By GDS International

  • How the EU can progress towards an ‘Energy Union’

    The European Union has made progress in liberalising energy markets, and its global leadership on climate change is to be commended, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today as it released its review of EU energy policies. However, the new IEA report said there remains much room for improvement. It noted that much of the integration of Europe’s energy market ...


    By International Energy Agency

  • EU Council reach deal on energy unbundling

    Meeting in Luxembourg on 6 June, the EU energy ministers struck a deal on how to separate gas and electricity supply and production activities from network operations. This 'unbundling' was called for in the Energy Policy for Europe Action Plan endorsed by the 2007 Spring European Council. This is clearly in the interest of European consumers trying to cope with rising energy prices, as it helps ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Statement from DECC on EU Energy Council

    2050 Roadmap The Energy Council today agreed Presidency Conclusions supported by 26 Member States on the 2050 Energy Roadmap. UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry, who attended the talks, welcomed the progress made on this important document and said: "Whilst I am disappointed that not all Member States could sign up to the Conclusions, I am encouraged that Commissioner Oettinger has ...

  • Keeping the EU eco-competitive

    A new EC-commissioned study makes ten key policy recommendations for improving Europe's competitive position within the eco-industries. As well as harmonising regulation and standards across Europe, the report recommends providing funding and skills development schemes specifically for the sector. The eco-industries, whose core sectors include air pollution control, waste treatment, renewable ...

  • EI publishes guide to new energy efficiency regulation

    The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the UK Government's response to implementing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, which mandates energy assessments for large organisations. ESOS will affect thousands of organisations and the Energy Institute (EI) has published a free guide to understanding and complying with this new regulation. Implementing energy efficiency is a ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Energy security: EP adopts blueprint for the EU`s future energy strategy

    The European Parliament set out wide-ranging recommendations for the EU's future energy policy. MEPs call for mandatory emergency action plans in case of gas supply shortages, more grid interconnections among Member States, a specific road map for investments in nuclear energy, and new climate targets to be achieved by 2050, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80%. The report ...


    By European Parliament

  • New ESOS Regulations are Energy SOS for British Business

    The Carbon Trust is calling on British businesses to save billions on their energy bills through implementing the most cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities identified through the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). The new scheme is expected to help reduce energy bills for large enterprises by £300 million in 2016, but the Carbon Trust believes savings could be two to ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • EC welcomes the recommendations presented in the first activity report of the EU Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)

    European Commissioner for Energy, Mr Piebalgs welcomed the first activity report of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG), presented today by the group's chairman, Mr Stritar. The broader objective of the Group's work is to contribute to maintaining and further improving the safety of nuclear installations and the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. The report ...

  • Written Ministerial Statement on EU Energy Council, Luxembourg 15 June 2012

    Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State for Energy In advance of the forthcoming Energy Council in Luxembourg on 15 June, I am writing to outline the agenda items to be discussed. The first substantive items on the agenda will be progress reports on the proposal for a Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and on the proposal for a Regulation on safety of ...

  • EU declares an end to inefficient bulbs

    The European Commission has adopted two ecodesign regulations to improve the energy efficiency of household lamps and of office, street and industrial lighting products. The two regulations lay down energy efficiency requirements which will save close to 80 TWh by 2020 (roughly the electricity consumption of Belgium, or of 23 million European households, or the equivalent of the yearly output of ...

  • The end of regulated electricity prices?

    The end of regulated power prices - a major obstacle to a liberalised power market - could be in sight after EU energy ministers meet tomorrow. Ministers are expected to call on governments to consider phasing out price regulation, which would be a step towards power generating technologies competing equally on the market, bringing prices down for consumers. "Ending regulated power prices is ...


    By WindEurope

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