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  • MEPs to consider new EC directive on renewable energy

    Spring brings renewal and this spring in parliament MEPs will be considering a new Commission directive on renewable energy. In March last year EU leaders set a target of 20% of energy from renewable sources like the wind and sea by 2020. Alongside greater energy efficiency and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions it is hoped these steps will mitigate climate change. In the first of our series ...


    By European Parliament

  • EU urged to green electricity and gas liberalisation directives

    INFORSE-Europe urges the countries and the European Parliament to amend the proposed 3rd electricity and gas liberalisation packet, to be in line with the new EU energy and climate policies. The directives must support more clearly renewable energy, energy efficiency, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP), the three main solutions that the EU countries have agreed upon to implement climate policy ...

  • Environment Committee steers EU biofuels in a sustainable direction

    Environment Committee steers EU biofuels in a sustainable direction There is light at the end of the tunnel after the Parliament’s Environment Committee voted today in favour of full accounting of indirect emissions (ILUC) [1] from biofuels that can count toward both the EU’s 6% carbon reduction target in transport fuels and the 10% renewable energy target in transport by 2020 [2]. ...

  • EU Energy Council

    I am writing to report discussions at the Energy Council in Luxembourg on 13 June, where I represented the UK. Under the first item on the agenda the Council reached political agreement on the Greek Presidency’s compromise text on the Proposal to amend the Renewable Energy Directive and the Directive relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels. The proposal is intended to address ...

  • EWEA welcomes Energy Union proposal for post-2020 renewables directive

    The Vice President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic plans to put forward a Renewable Energy Package as soon as next year to guarantee that the 2030 climate and energy targets are met cost-effectively. Thomas Becker, CEO of EWEA, welcomed this initiative and said a new directive for beyond 2020 shows that renewables will have a central role to play in Europe's future energy mix. He said: "These are ...


    By WindEurope

  • EU relaxes renewables target, reaps criticism

    The European Union on Wednesday shied away from more ambitious renewable energy goals as the bloc's sluggish economy appeared to dent its zeal in the global fight against climate change. To the dismay of Germany, environmentalists and others, the European Commission stepped back from proposing tougher binding renewable energy targets ...


    By Associated Press

  • MEPs and Council Presidency reach deal on renewables directive

    After several rounds of informal negotiations, EP negotiators have reached an agreement with the Council's Presidency on a proposed directive on renewable energies including biofuel targets. The compromise agreed on Tuesday 9th December still needs to be formally endorsed by the full Council and put to a first-reading vote at Parliament's December plenary session in Strasbourg. MEPs and the ...


    By European Parliament

  • Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels welcome Commission proposal on advanced biofuels specific target to decarbonise transport sector

    Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) welcome the European Commission proposal for a review of the Renewable Energy Directive, which sets the legislative framework for the implementation of the EU 2030 Climate and Energy policy objectives. We believe that by recognizing the role of advanced biofuels as a fast track option for the decarbonisation of the EU transport sector, the ...

  • EU Energy Council, 12 December

    I am writing to report discussions at the Energy Council on 12 December, where I represented the UK. The Council discussed the Proposal to amend the Renewable Energy Directive and the Directive relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels with the aim of reaching political agreement. The proposal is intended to address Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC), which occurs when production of ...

  • EU struggles with climate and energy goals

    Despite some evidence of progress, the European Union (EU) is still struggling to meet its challenging environmental goals according to the latest Environment-related Indicators Assessment Report. The 2008 report states that in most areas there has been little improvement, with only one indicator showing positive progress towards reaching EU targets. Goals showing lagging performance ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU Ocean Energy Association conference

    Introduction Good morning. It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to address you at the 2013 Ocean Energy Europe conference. I am delighted that the EU Ocean Energy Association chose the UK to host the conference for the first time ever outside of Brussels. This illustrates the strong role that the UK has been playing and continues to play in supporting the ...

  • Solar thermal sector expects growth push from EU Directive

    The solar thermal sector welcomes the renewables Directive proposal published by the European Commission, today. For the first time, renewable heating and cooling will be fully integrated into EU legislation. ESTIF welcomes particularly the obligation for new and refurbished buildings, from which solar thermal will benefit. Member States are called to improve the framework for solar thermal now, ...

  • Global Renewable Energy Report

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    By ReportLinker

  • Renewable Energy Awards

    Good evening. I’m delighted to see so many of you here for what promises to be a very interesting night. Before I start, I must mention the venue. It is an inspired choice! Luxury meets low carbon. In 2013 The Savoy won five awards for its commitment to reduce its environmental impacts – reducing energy consumption by an impressive 30% and greenhouse gas ...

  • EU Energy Directives to Invigorate Chemicals and Materials Market in Smart Grid Infrastructure, Says Frost & Sullivan

    Pushed by EU Commission directives and projected capacity growth in renewable energy generation, the European chemicals and materials market in smart grid infrastructure is poised for high growth. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.chemicals.frost.com), Chemicals and Materials Market in Smart Grid ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • EU Council steps up its efforts for energy efficiency and renewable energy investments

    The Council has adopted a regulation making energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy schemes eligible for support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in all member states, following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament (3619/09). The new regulation, which forms a part of the European EconomicRecovery Plan1, also provides easier access to grants ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • First cars, now renewables - EU governments failing climate tests

    Yesterday’s outcomes of the internal EU negotiations on the EU Renewables Directive caused an outcry of anger with environmental organisations. The policy of the French Presidency to give each Member State a veto led Italy to block an overall agreement on the Directive. On top of this the Parliament representatives, under strong pressure from the French Presidency, gave up essential conditions ...

  • Germany ups renewable energy targets

    At its meeting today the Federal Cabinet adopted the national renewable energy action plan presented by Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen. The action plan outlines that the binding target of an 18 percent share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption will be reached by 2020 and may even be surpassed with an expected share of almost 20 percent. Currently this share ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Renewable Energy Directive creates positive climate for the long-term development of solar heating and cooling in Europe

    An Agreement was reached this morning between the European Parliament and the 27 EU Member States on a new directive to boost EU renewable energy use to 20% by 2020. For the first time, heating and cooling – responsible for 50% of Europe’s energy demand – will be covered by a European Directive promoting renewable energies.  Thus the Directive creates a positive climate for the long-term ...

  • Carbon-rich peatlands threatened by new EU renewables law

    As the European Parliament and EU Member States are finalising their negotiations on a new European law for renewable energy, international environmental organisations are warning that under the new law large swathes of peatlands, possibly representing the world’s largest carbon stores, will be destroyed for the purpose of producing bio-energy. Finland, which has the largest remaining area of ...

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