Environment

EU group examines South East Europe’s renewable potential

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An enormous 500 GW of wind energy is available in South East Europe, a potential currently not being realised, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said at the fifth Meeting of the High-Level Group on Central...

At Italian Baja rally, G-Energy goes the distance

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PORDENONE, Italy – As a specially equipped Mini Countryman enters a huge hangar in Pordenone Fiere to make a pit stop, Stanislav Doroshenko and G-Energy team are ready to quickly service the vehicle. The...

EU sets global scheme rules on aviation emissions

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The European Commission on June 28 welcomed the International Civil Aviation Organization Council's(ICAO) decision a day earlier to endorse the key rules of a Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation that will...

EU to invest in renewable energy projects in France and Germany

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Franco-German regional bank SaarLB have signed a €70 million guarantee agreement, the European Commission said on June 25, noting that this deal will enable SaarLB to grant additional...

EU-made batteries crucial for integration of renewables in Europe

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One critical and strategic component in Europe's e-mobility value chain, which is still weak, is batteries, European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said in Munich on June 21. Šefčovič was attending Intersolar...

EU, Canada and China join forces against climate change

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Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and China's Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua are convening for a major international two-day climate meeting...

EU agrees on new rules for improving Energy Union governance

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Early on the morning of June 20, negotiators from the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council reached an ambitious political agreement on the governance of the Energy Union, a day after reaching a...

EU invests in greener and more secure electricity in Madeira

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The European Commission said on June 19 that €45 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested to upscale the production of electricity from water and wind on the Atlantic island of Madeira, an autonomous...

EU investment supports Austrian renewable energy expansion

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The European Commission said on June 11 that it is supporting renewable energy expansion in Austria via European Investment Bank loans. According to the Commission, the EIB is lending Energiepark Bruck/Leitha a total of €19.3...

EU measures on emissions, climate and energy could save lives

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The European Commission's new Clean Air Outlook report shows that the number of premature deaths due to air pollution in 2030 could be reduced by more than half, if the Member States fully apply the bloc's policies...

EU launches WTO legal action against China’s intellectual property laws

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The European Union's Commissioner for Trade for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom recently announced that Brussels has filed a case against China at the WTO over alleged intellectual property rights infringements, saying the action showed that the EU was...

Commission proposes funding increase to support environment, climate action

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The European Commission said on June 1 that for the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission would propose increasing its funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and...

EU, Czech Republic discuss low-carbon energy transition

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The European Commission plans to help all EU Member States in their transition to a low-carbon economy, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said at a meeting with Czech Republic...

Šefčovič urges EU to move fast in global battery production race

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Battery production is a strategic imperative and the European Union has to move fast to remain competitive in this global market, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, said in his speech...

EU declares war on single-use plastics

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Plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers, and sticks for balloons will all have to be made exclusively from more sustainable materials instead, while single-use drinks containers made with plastic will only be allowed on the...

Blue-Green Summit Profile with the Tea Party’s Debbie Dooley

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Debates between policymakers and experts about better approaches to environmental protection and bio-diversity preservation highlighted the EU's Green Week. New Europe’s Violetta Rusheva talked to Debbie Dooley, one of the co-founders of the Tea...

EU to invest €100 million for energy efficient homes in Germany

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €100 million long-term loan with Vivawest, a German real estate company, to build 900 energy efficient homes in North Rhine-Westphalia, the European Commission said on May...

EU takes action to protect citizens from air pollution

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In an effort to improve the air quality for Europeans, the Commission adopted a Communication on May 17 entitled ‘A Europe that protects: Clean air for all’, which outlines measures available to help the...

EU Commission takes Member States to court over air quality breaches

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As part of a last-ditch effort to bring six EU Member States into line for failing to meet mandated air quality standards, the European Commission on May 17 referred Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Hungary, and Romania to Europe’s highest court...

From Russia: Reactor will drive Finnish nuclear power plant

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SOCHI, Russia –Finnish nuclear power company Fennovoima is expected to begin constructing the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in the northern part of Finland by the end of 2020. Supplied by Russian state corporation Rosatom,...

Schwarzenegger, Šefčovič lead R20 efforts to implement Paris Agreement

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European Commission's Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič joined forces at the R20 Austrian World Summit in Vienna with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor-turned-former-California governor, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and politician Elisabeth Köstinger to discuss...

EU launches guide for energy efficiency infrastructure

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Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have launched a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts, the European Commission has said. Launched on...

EU further improves car emissions tests

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The European Commission stated that the Member States agreed on the Commission's latest proposal to strengthen car emissions testing while meeting at the Technical Committee of Motor Vehicles (TCMV). New and improved car emissions tests...

EU issues guidance for renewable energy projects

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As part of the EU Action plan for nature, people, and the economy, the European Commission issued on May 8 two documents on energy transmission infrastructure and hydropower that explain the steps needed to...

EU supports wind farm project in Aragón, Spain

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a new agreement in Spain with the backing of the Juncker Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the European Commission said on April 26. According to the...

EU bans bee killing nicotinoids

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EU countries voted on Friday for a near-total ban on insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations. The ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides was approved by the EU 28 following the recommendation of the European...

EU urges Slovenia to boost its renewable, energy efficiency potential

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Slovenia has already reached its 2020 targets on greenhouse gas emissions and is well on track to meet its 25% renewables target, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said. “But there still...

EU Parliament gives green light to tighten rules for cleaner cars

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The European Parliament on April 19 formally voted in favour of the Commission's proposal for a fully overhauled type-approval framework. “One important complaint we heard about Dieselgate was that the EU failed to act. In...

Macron calls for climate and energy sovereignty

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STRASBOURG – French President Emmanuel Macron said it is “essential” for the Europe Union to increase the bloc’s "climate and energy sovereignty." “We must quickly open up the debate to increase the European contribution to...

EU Court: logging by Poland in Białowieża forest infringes EU law

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The forest management operations concerning the Puszcza Białowieska Natura 2000 site that have been undertaken by Poland infringe EU law, said today the EU Court of justice. In February already,the court’s advocate general Yves Bot had backed...

EU action reduces pollution from shipping, report shows

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Air pollution from sulphur oxides (SOx) emitted from ships has substantially dropped over in recent years, the European Commission said on April 16, citing a new compliance report. According to the Commission, the positive trend...

Merkel: Nord Stream 2 not possible without clarity for Ukraine

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could not go ahead without clarity on Ukraine’s role as a gas transit route,...

EU, UN agency aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping

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The European Union is pushing for an ambitious global emission reduction objective for the maritime shipping sector to meet the bloc’s climate objectives that fall into line with the Paris Agreement. European Transport Commissioner Violeta...

Consensus no more: how a wave of municipalisations in Europe is challenging privatisation

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A wave of privatisations made its way from the coast of Britain towards the Continent in the 1980s; gaining momentum after the fall of the Berlin Wall, privatisations became a tsounami hitting the shores...

US’ EPA says Obama-era emissions standards for cars too high

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Heightening the tension between the administration of US President Donald Trump and the State of California, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt is expected to announce the completion of a Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for greenhouse...

The Green Trend

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ASTANA - Over the last two years the world has seen a serious shift in the thinking of investors who have come to realise the benefits of investing in “green projects” – one of...

England ends “free” plastic and aluminium bottles

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England will now follow the lead of Scotland and 40 other European states to introduce a deposit for plastic bottles and aluminium cans used by the soft drink industry. Consumers will no longer be able to regard...