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People in Bangladesh carrying baskets of coal.

Bangladesh’s energy transition tilts towards coal

The country is aiming to triple its generation capacity by 2040, with apparently few concessions to its climate commitments.

3 hours ago Asia Pacific

Nordic nations see modest increase in green gases

Production of renewable gases in Sweden and Denmark has ramped up in recent years, but the fuel still has a long way to go to fulfil its potential.

4 hours ago Europe & Russia
A coal mine in Serbia

No end in sight for Western Balkan coal subsidies

Coal subsidies remain plentiful in the region and are blocking a faster switch to gas and renewables.

6 days ago Europe & Russia
Argentine electricity workers fixing a generator in Buenos Aires during the blackout.

Argentina’s power sector lurches from crisis to crisis

Argentina will need significant investment in its electricity infrastructure to avoid a repeat of the blackout that hit the country in June.

3 July 2019 Americas
An EDF offshore wind turbine

France’s offshore wind boom offers hope for gas players

Increasing investor appetite for offshore wind, coupled with the phase-out of coal and retirement of older nuclear plants, could leave more room for gas in the French power mix.

27 June 2019 Europe & Russia
The Koshijihara gas plant in Japan.

Japanese companies back low-emission innovations

With gas still a major component of Japan’s energy mix, three suppliers are looking at new ways of managing their carbon footprint as the race to a low-carbon future gathers pace.

24 June 2019 Asia Pacific
Incheon LNG Receiving terminal (Kogas)

South Korea – government support for gas

South Korea’s recently approved third energy plan reaffirms the government’s support for gas which will help to boost consumption in the long term but challenges remain.

21 June 2019 Asia Pacific
Kogas's Incheon LNG terminal.

Kogas accelerates roll-out of LNG-produced hydrogen

The LNG importer is pushing ahead with efforts to produce and import hydrogen as part of South Korea’s long-term plan to transition away from nuclear and coal and become a fully-fledged hydrogen economy.

10 June 2019 Asia Pacific

Renewables investment fall leaves EU short of targets

Many EU countries risk missing their 2020 renewables targets because of a slowdown in investment since 2014, EU auditors have warned.

6 June 2019 Europe & Russia
EU member states will be under pressure to reduce emissions

Europe – the politics of emissions

Good results for Europe’s Green parties in the EU parliamentary elections will pressure member states to place greater emphasis on reducing emissions.

5 June 2019 Europe & Russia
Oil refineries in Kuwait

Kuwait mulls an end to direct crude burn

Gas is driving the move away from crude oil in Kuwait’s power sector, but the country will need a helping hand from oil products to complete the transition.

5 June 2019 Middle East & Africa

Europe’s long goodbye to coal

Several countries in Western Europe have pledged to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030, but the fuel will retain a foothold in Germany and Eastern Europe.

30 May 2019 Europe & Russia
HGV being refuelled with LNG at Pontadera in Italy

Italian incentives boost biogas uptake

Italy has the potential to produce about 3 bcm/y of biomethane in 2030 and 35 bcm/y in 2050, meaning less natural gas will be needed to meet demand.

23 May 2019 Europe & Russia
A German wind farm

Obstacles to German onshore wind could aid gas

Slower growth in new onshore wind installations in Germany could mean gas will play a bigger role in the country’s energy transition than some had anticipated.

16 May 2019 Europe & Russia
Power lines

Australian election set to shape electricity market

Australia’s next general election is scheduled for 18 May. A change in government could result in a shift in energy policy – with implications for the power sector.

10 May 2019 Asia Pacific

Japan LNG demand to rise as nuclear shuts down

The shutdown of Japan’s nuclear power plants beginning from next year will see the country turn back to LNG to meet power demand.

9 May 2019 Asia Pacific
Coal-fired power station

Coal sees resurgence in Turkey’s power sector

Turkey’s dependence on domestically produced coal and renewables is set to increase as the country shifts its focus towards minimising imports of fossil fuels for electricity generation.

8 May 2019 Middle East & Africa
The Barakah nuclear plant in the UAE

Delays to UAE Barakah nuclear plant to support gas

The delay in bringing online the United Arab Emirates’ first nuclear power plant will mean the country will continue to depend on imported pipeline gas and LNG for now.

11 April 2019 Middle East & Africa
A gas-fired power station in Italy

Italy plans gas investment to switch from coal

Enel and Edison, Italy’s two major utilities, are looking at installing new gas-fired generation capacity to replace the country’s coal-based power plants after 2025

11 April 2019 Europe & Russia
Tepco's Futtsu thermal power plant in Japan.

New coal-fired capacity to weigh on Japanese LNG demand

The startup of new coal power units in Japan could reduce demand for LNG imports over the next couple of years.

10 April 2019 Asia Pacific

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