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The need for fair #energy in Europe

The need for fair #energy in Europe

| April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week, the European Commission waded in to one of the most heated rows affecting the EU. Brexit? No. It offered to negotiate directly with Russia about the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which aims to bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. The pipeline – an initiative to pump gas straight to […]

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MEPs calls for the phasing out of palm oil in biofuels by 2020 – vote tomorrow

MEPs calls for the phasing out of palm oil in biofuels by 2020 – vote tomorrow

  Palm oil is extensively used in food, cosmetics and biofuels, however the unsustainable production of the cheap vegetable oil leads to deforestation, loss of nature habitats and greenhouse gas emissions. MEPS vote on 4 April on a report by Czech GUE member Kateřina Konečná calling on the European Commission to take measures to ensure […]

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#StateAid: European Commission approves aid given to Danish offshore wind farm

#StateAid: European Commission approves aid given to Danish offshore wind farm

The European Commission has found support to be granted to the 600 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in Danish territorial waters to be in line with EU state aid rules. It will help Denmark to reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition. Commissioner in charge of […]

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Just three EU countries step up to the plate for Paris #climate deal – ranking

Only three countries in Europe are on the right track to deliver on the Paris climate agreement, a new ranking published today reveals. The EU Climate Leader Board looks at the position of each European government towards the EU’s largest climate law, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). Sweden tops the list, followed by Germany and […]

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#Arctic: Ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs

#Arctic: Ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs

Climate change is bringing new environmental and security challenges in the Arctic, as the melting ice cap opens up new navigation and fishing routes, and competition for its natural resources heats up, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday (16 March). They call for measures to protect the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem, ban oil drilling […]

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For the EU, leading on clean energy means talking about #CleanCoal

For the EU, leading on clean energy means talking about #CleanCoal

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the post-COP21 world, most would agree that climate change is a clear threat that needs to be urgently addressed. Faced with American scepticism prompted by the election of Donald Trump, Europe has emerged as the world’s leading advocate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But simply airing fluffy statements is not enough: the hard part comes […]

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#StateAid: Commission clears investment in construction of Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary

#StateAid: Commission clears investment in construction of Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary

The European Commission has concluded that Hungary’s financial support for the construction of two new nuclear reactors in Paks (Paks II) involves state aid. It has approved this support under EU state aid rules on the basis of commitments made by Hungary to limit distortions of competition. Margrethe Vestager, commissioner in charge of competition, said: “Hungary […]

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