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  • EU Council formally approves new biofuel rules

    EU Ministers have today officially rubber-stamped new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The new rules, which have been discussed by the EU institutions for 3 years, must now be transposed and implemented quickly to ensure Europe meets its climate and energy targets for transport, says the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE). ...

  • EU to help industries hard hit by new climate rules

    The European Union has signaled the intent to protect Europe’s metal and paper industries in case an international agreement on climate change is not reached by 2009. Brussels wants to prevent energy-intensive sectors from fleeing the EU as the bloc’s carbon market becomes tighter. When the EU first announced its climate change plan in January of 2008, industries and member ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Common rules and Infrastructure needed to complete Energy Market

    An integrated EU energy market is the most cost-effective way to ensure secure and affordable supplies to EU citizens and mitigate climate change. A completed internal energy market could bring net economic benefits between 16 and 40 billion euros each year. Substantial progress has been achieved to date but in order to reap full benefits more investment is needed in strategic cross-border ...


    By European Commission

  • 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

  • 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 Sets 2030 climate and energy goals

    A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system. These are the pillars of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 presented today by the European ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU Energy Council, Brussels 4 March 2014

    In advance of the forthcoming Energy Council in Brussels on 4 March, I am writing to outline the agenda items to be discussed. There will be two policy debates at the Council. The first will be on the Commission’s communication on energy prices and costs in Europe, which analyses the impact of the decarbonisation of the energy sector on energy prices for households and industry. The ...

  • EU scientists confirm bio-energy accounting error

    A major carbon accounting flaw in EU legislation whereby biofuels used in transport and biomass used for power generation are counted as ‘zero emissions’ will have “immense” consequences for the environment. This is the key finding of a report published on Friday by the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, a top EU advisory body (1) The report warns ...

  • EU-US Energy Council – Joint Press Statement

    1. The fifth EU-US Energy Council met today in Brussels, chaired by EU High Representative/Vice President Catherine Ashton, EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and US Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. Minister Ioannis Maniatis of the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change represented the rotating EU Presidency. The Energy ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • European energy giants call for EU single energy market

    Two days before the first-ever EU summit on energy, twenty European companies and associations are calling on EU Heads of State to show the courage and vision to create a single market for electricity by 2015. The list of supporters includes some of the gioants of European clean energy technology. It comes just a few days before the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Single European Act on 17 ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU president on climate change

    The work of the European Union is sometimes seen as rather technical.  As cut off from daily concerns.  Interesting to specialists, but not relevant to people's daily lives. The action we are discussing today proves this theory wrong.  The struggle against climate change and the quest for secure, sustainable and competitive energy touches on every European, every day. That is why ...

  • Britain aims to rule the waves again

    (AXcess News) London - Britain prided itself on ruling the waves in the 19th century; they might once again in the 21st century. But not with its Navy. This time, Britain's chosen vessels are new technologies that convert the pounding of the waves and the ebbing of tides into the thrum of electricity. While still years behind other alternative-energy forms, wave and tidal power systems are ...


    By Axcess News

  • UK Supreme Court ruling on Air Quality – reaction from the European Renewable Ethanol Industry

    Following last week’s UK Supreme Court ruling that the UK Government must revise its national air quality plans to tackle nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas mainly attributed to diesel fuel use, Robert Wright, Secretary-General of ePURE, the European renewable ethanol industry association, said: “17 Member States of the EU are in breach of their air quality targets and ...

  • Sweden`s energy supply is now 50% renewable

    Sweden has reached the renewable energy target set in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) eight years ahead of time. The EU target for Sweden is 49 percent in 2020 and the Swedish parliament has adopted a target of 50 percent in 2020. Last year 51 percent of Sweden’s energy supply was from renewable energy sources. Sweden has reached the renewable energy target set in the Renewable Energy ...

  • 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

  • EC to boost energy efficiency and renewable energy in low-income households

    The European Commission has adopted a proposal which will, for the first time, enable all Member States and regions in the European Union to invest in energy-efficiency and renewable energy measures in housing, with the support of European Cohesion Policy funding. The measure, foreseen in the European Economic Recovery Plan presented last week, will be targeted at low-income households. In ...

  • High wire act: improving the grid for renewable energy

    China, the United States, and the European Union take on transmission upgrades The European Union, China, and the United States have all made significant commitments to renewable energy deployment, at either the central or regional levels. But they all face a major challenge: how to integrate this power into the existing grids. As a ...

  • 2030 climate and energy goals for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy

    A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system. These are the pillars of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 presented today by ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • EU poised for climate change legislation

    All eyes will be on Brussels this week where the European Commission will table legislative proposals - the 'energy and climate change package'- to achieve a 20% reduction in the bloc's CO2 and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020. Also expected are details on CO2 burden sharing, renewables, carbon capture and storage, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, and state aids for environment. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 20% renewables by 2020: is it possible?

    Now that the political commitments by EU leaders to achieve a 20% share of renewable energy use by 2020 have been translated into binding targets for individual member states, a debate is heating up in Brussels about how, and if, the targets can actually be met. In March 2007, EU leaders committed themselves to achieving 20% renewable energy use by 2020, a pledge that was followed up on 23 ...


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