& Environment / News]European
lawmakers approved on Tuesday (12 September) a new security of gas regulation, which
includes a solidarity principle in case of supply disruptions and will make it more
difficult for other countries to 'blackmail' the EU's members.
& Environment / News]Lawmakers in the
European Parliament will next month examine a draft renewable energy bill that
recycling industries warn would allow EU countries to count the burning of biowaste
towards their green energy obligations, undermining separate efforts to boost
& Environment / News]Poland's ongoing
large-scale investment in three new coal-fired power plants may be the country's last
fossil fuel venture, its energy minister said on Wednesday (6 September), indicating
a possible energy shift in the EU's largest eastern member amid revived plans to
embrace nuclear power.
/ Video]European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker will give his annual State of the European Union address at the
European Parliament on Wednesday morning. EURACTIV.com brings you live coverage,
analysis and background from Strasbourg.
& Environment / Opinion]As the energy
market is being shaken up by the arrival of new local players, one crucial
objective should be to guarantee diversity in the governance representation,
write Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan.
& Environment / Interview]The energy
transition requires deep CO2 emissions cuts of 80-95% across the economy by 2050,
says Kristian Ruby. “And the current proposal won’t get us there,”
he told EURACTIV.com as three-way talks to reform the EU Emissions Trading
Scheme get underway.
Europe / News]Facing a backlash in Europe
over palm oil's environmental toll, the world's top producers are scrambling to find
new markets and even striking unusual barter deals, such as exchanging Sukhoi
fighter-bombers for the edible oil.
Europe / News]European Union funding has
been well spent on improving drinking water quality by Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania,
according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. But a funding gap could
undermine progress made so far.
Europe / News]The European Union executive
asked the bloc's top court yesterday (11 September) to fine Poland for violating a
ban on logging in an ancient forest, but Warsaw said it was only trying to preserve
& Environment / News]Offshore
windfarms are to be built for a record low price in the UK early next decade, after
developers bid far more aggressively than expected for a multimillion-pound pot of
government subsidies. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
/ Interview]A lot is at stake for the energy
security of Europe if political correctness was to dictate imposing one technology
against the other, John Cooper, Director General of FuelsEurope told
& Jobs / News]Europe’s solar
industry has condemned an EU vote to impose another round of duties on Chinese
imports, just weeks before a US trade panel is due to rule on similar tariffs.
EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
/ News]MEPs agreed on Thursday (7 September)
to raise the bloc's proposed energy efficiency targets post-2020 in order to improve
chances of meeting EU obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate
& Environment / Opinion]The EU’s
package has to rise to the challenge. Awareness on the causes and consequences of
energy poverty has been increasing for a decade and now is the time for action,
writes the Right to Energy Coalition.
& Jobs / Opinion]Whilst the European
Union is firmly committed to joining the fight against climate change and developing
sustainable finance, the significance of the role the European Central Bank can play
is being overlooked, write Ludovic Suttor-Sorel and Frank van Lerven.
/ News]The European Commission's
“scientifically unfounded” U-turn on biofuels will have significant
implications for the agriculture sector and risks increasing the imports of GM animal
feed from third countries, lawmakers warn.
/ News]Microplastic contamination has been
found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists
for urgent research on the implications for health. EURACTIV’s partner The
& Environment / News]Intensive
agriculture has gradually dried them out, and soils are no longer able to handle
violent rains, creating increased flooding and lethal mud slides. EURACTIV's partner
/ News]The European Parliament’s
environment committee (ENVI) adopted on Thursday (7 September) a resolution
condemning the Commission’s plans to relax controls on the radioactivity of
Japanese food and feed imports following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
& Environment / News]Tilos, in Greece,
is the first island in the Mediterranean to be fully self-sufficient for its energy,
thanks to strong investment in renewables. Its success is a lesson for all island
communities in Greece and elsewhere. Euractiv Italy reports.
& Environment / News]Copenhagen will
have a hard time blocking the Gazprom-backed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline passing
through its territorial waters because it has already allowed Nord Stream 1 to use
the exact same route, according to an attorney.
& Environment / Video]The Energy Union
is one of the flagship initiatives of the Juncker Commission. It aims at
strengthening the EU’s energy security and ensure the functioning of the
internal energy market.
& Environment / News]More efficient
use of energy in the UK would save as much power as could be generated by six new
nuclear reactors and shave £7.5bn (€8.1bn) from energy costs, experts have
calculated. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
& Environment / News]French Ecology
Minister Nicolas Hulot proposed on Wednesday (6 September) a bill to end the modest
production of hydrocarbons in France, hoping to lead by example. EURACTIV's partner
Ouest France reports.
/ News]Germany would have to shut 25 gigawatts
(GW), half its current total coal-fired power station capacity, by 2030 to meet
carbon-cutting targets it has committed to under the Paris Agreement, deputy economy
minister Rainer Baake said on Tuesday (5 September).
& Environment / Opinion]Ahead of a
European Parliament vote on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF),
Hannah Aho explains how MEPs have both strengthened and weakened draft forest rules
she says are essential in the fight against climate change.
can data economy unlock the full potential of European transport? The Digital Single
Market strategy is very high on the European political agenda. Data is widely used
across sectors in an increasingly connected world. The transport sector is no
exception. The potential of data use is huge to maximize transport efficiency. But
what is needed to ensure a responsible use of data? What legal frame is needed? Whose
responsibility is it? Will we soon talk about digital
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