Energy

Energy policy needs ‘more Europe’ [EXCLUSIVE]

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In spite of the progress made over recent years, the European Union’s policy on energy issues has failed to achieve its main objectives: ensuring access to energy at reasonable and stable prices; maintaining the...

EU vows to strengthen its energy bargaining position

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On 24 January, Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger stressed the importance of ensuring reliable energy supplies at affordable prices, saying that "member states will achieve more by working together". Creating legal certainty for all investors is...

‘Fuels of the Future’

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On the occasion of the annual Fuels of the Future conference (Berlin, 23-24 January) representatives from the European biofuels industry gathered in Berlin, Germany. The principal organisers of the two-day conference were the German Bioenergy...

Commission seeks alternatives after EU embargo on Iranian oil

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The European Commission is looking at where alternative oil supplies could come from following the embargo on Iranian oil imports to the European Union agreed by EU foreign ministers on 23 January 2012, and...

Bankruptcy is ‘immediate threat’ to jobs and petrol supplies says UK MEP

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Following the 24 January announcement that the Swiss parent company responsible for Britain's Coryton oil refinery has filed for bankruptcy, local MEP Richard Howitt, who has campaigned against the threat to 1,000 jobs at...

EU green energy ‘to withstand economic crisis’

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The Danish prime minister has said that her government's EU Presidency will not let the economic crisis stop Europe from maintaining its position of leadership on green technologies. Responding to a question from New Europe...

EU urges fair elections as contenders enter Russian presidential race

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On the evening of 18 January, Russia’s Central Election Commission in Moscow stopped accepting applications from independent candidates for the presidential poll while European parliamentarians in Strasbourg expressed their hope that the country will...

Financial crisis hits petrol as leading refiner sees credit status downgraded

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A leading MEP has warned that petrol pumps in parts of Europe may dry up in the coming weeks as Europe’s largest independent refiner, Petroplus; fights off bankruptcy after Standard and Poor’s rating agency...

WWF warns of severe environment damage from government bail-outs

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On 6 January, the WWF sent letters to International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, stressing the urgent need for sustainable solutions to the ongoing global financial...

Trans-Anatolia, Nabucco and South Stream pipelines bet on Turkey

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Competition in the so-called Southern Gas Corridor from the Caspian Sea basin to Europe is heating up. In December, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed an agreement to build a pipeline to carry natural gas to...

Rio +20

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In the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, the Global Meeting for the Sustainability, a formal United Nations project that intends to develop a strategic agenda towards world sustainability will be...

ASN urges French nuclear plants to improve safety

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On 3 January, Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) as part of an inspection of France's nuclear industry in the light of the 11 March nuclear disaster in Fukushima, called on France’s nuclear plants to increase...

Greece speeds up oil and gas exploration

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Debt-stricken Greece, which currently has the least exploration for hydrocarbons in the region, is vowing to exploit its oil and gas reserves. On 2 January, the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA) invited...

Trans-Anatolia, Nabucco, South Stream pipelines bet on Turkey

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  Competition in the so-called Southern Gas Corridor from the Caspian Sea basin to Europe is heating up. In December, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed an agreement to build a pipeline to carry natural gas to...

Russia-Turkey deal on South Stream dashes Ukraine’s hopes

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On 28 December, Turkey gave its formal permission to build the South Stream gas pipeline through its Exclusive Economic Zone for transporting Russian gas into European markets. The heads of the state-owned Russian energy...

Iran is not afraid of an oil embargo

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Earlier this month, the EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in Brussels, that the EU decided to impose embargo on oil imports from Iran. This step was prompted by eagerness to force Iran to give...

Tajani to strenghten ties with Mercosur

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On 20 December, European Commission Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Industry Antonio Tajani took part at the annual Summit of the Mercosur countries in Montevideo, Uruguay. Tajani represented the Commission on behalf of the President...

Kazakhstan unrest forces state of emergency

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The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has expressed her deep concern over the events that took place on 16 December in the Zhanaozen district of Kazakhstan, where reportedly...

Gazprom: No New Year’s gifts for Ukraine

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Ukraine has long been seeking to alter the terms of the 2009 gas deal it signed with Russia. The deal ties the price of gas to oil prices, which have risen strongly since 2009,...

Energy Road Map 2050 focuses on carbon-free energy

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To achieve the goal of cutting emissions by over 80% by 2050, Europe's energy production will have to be almost carbon-free. How to achieve this without disrupting energy supplies and competitiveness is the question...

‘And the Green Capital Award goes to’…Vitoria-Gasteiz

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The European Commission has presented the title of European Green Capital to Vitoria-Gasteiz for 2012 for its committment to making the city environmentally friendly and gaining international recognition. The Commission handed over the title of...

Commission opens public consultation on future of LEDs

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The European Commission adopted a Green Paper and launched a public consultation on the future of LED-based lighting. LED lighting is one of the most energy-efficient and versatile forms of lighting - saving up...

Azerbaijan delays gas decision

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Three competing pipelines in the EU’s Southern Gas Corridor will have to wait until March 2012 for Azerbaijan’s decision on the export route for its gas to Europe. Azeri state energy company SOCAR had...

China and Japan slam Canada’s withdrawal from Kyoto Protocol [Update]

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On 12 December, Canada became the first country to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol. This decision was brought upon by predominantly financial decisions, since this reversal will end up saving it around $14 billion...

ITER funds granted, but…

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On 13 December, the European Parliament endosed the plan under which the international nuclear fusion research project ITER will receive €1.3 billion from the EU budget for 2012 and 2013. To fund ITER, the EU's...

Mayors gather to promote sustainable energy

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Mayors from 44 nations gathered in Brussels this week to sign the Covenant of Mayors, a commitment to build an energy efficient and sustainable future for their citizens. This has now been signed by...

EU reaps rewards from playing hardball in Durban

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'The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something," as Antoine de Saint-Expury. once said. This could not be more true than when the EU tried to convey this message...

Lithuania eyes electricity imports from Ukraine

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Lithuania would push-on with its interest in buying Ukrainian power to feed its grid but such a move must involve a tripartite agreement including Belarus, Lithuanian Vice Ambassador to Ukraine Marius Yanukonis said last...

Ankara and Beijing to co-operate in energy field

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Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said that Turkey and China are two countries garnering global attention mainly due to their growing economies. He was speaking at a signing ceremony of the...

EU hoping for pot of gold at end of Durban rainbow

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As the annual summit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) started its scheduled final day in Durban, Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said that there were two sticking points with India –...

Sharing of technology could lead to a greener future

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International companies that are prepared to advance the cause of green technology should be free to do so rather than feel restricted under current patent regulations, a conference in Brussels has heard. Speaking during IP...

European Parliament to be represented in Durban

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A delegation of the European Parliament consisting of 15 members is to participate at the UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa. Chairman of the Delegation and prominent German MEP Jo Leinen reiterated the...

Shipping: Riding waves to a greener, more sustainable industry

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Although around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry, only 3% of world emissions of greenhouse gases does the maritime transport account for. However, like the aviation industry, it does...

EIB supports re-gasification project in Tuscany

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €240 million loan to complete the re-gasification plant in Livorno, Italy. The project is expected to bring serious added value in energy and environmental protection sectors. The...

Interview: Suleiman J. Al-Herbish

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OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) Director-General Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, talked to New Europe in an exclusive interview about the role of the fund in development and energy poverty alleviation, preserving the environment, its...

Single European Sky flying high

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Decision-makers and business leaders from across Europe met in Warsaw on 28 November to discuss implementation of the Single European Sky (SES). It has been estimated that the current fragmentation of European airspace costs the...

Statoil and Centrica sign major gas-sales agreement

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Norway's energy producer Statoil and UK-based Centrica have entered into a long-term gas sales agreement for the delivery of 5 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year from 2015 to 2025 to the UK market. This...