Annemarie Botzki

Western Europe editor

After completing a Masters degree in Politics and Government in the European Union from the London School of Economics, Annemarie has worked as a freelance journalist covering EU energy, foreign and security policy. Whilst completing an undergraduate degree in Social Science from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, she worked in the German Parliament and the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia.

LNG bunkering in Rostock, Germany. The fuel could help reduce martime GHG emissions. (Gazprom)

IMO to debate climate deal for shipping

The International Maritime Organization will begin discussions this week on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry.

21 June 2017
The new Sungrow floating solar power plant in China. Floating projects are gaining in popularity. (Sungrow)

Floating renewables becoming commercially viable

Floating wind and solar projects are reaching commercial scale worldwide with the launch of facilities in Europe, India and elsewhere.

14 June 2017
Pipeline laying in the United States. Experts say relaxing regulations will cause serious safety concerns. (FERC)

Trump deregulation could put pipeline safety at risk

The proposed bonfire of red tape in Washington could cause serious safety problems where gas pipelines are concerned, experts say.

8 June 2017
A combined-cycle thermo-solar power plant. Gas should benefit from carbon pricing. (Dana Smillie, World Bank)

G20 to debate carbon pricing and subsidy phase-out

The upcoming G20 meeting will provide an opportunity for discussions on a global carbon price, but progress may take time.

31 May 2017
Innogy’s Eschweiler wind farm. The company manages renewables services that were split off from RWE. (Innogy)

Analysts question Franco-German energy alliance

A possible alliance between French and German energy companies has left analysts scratching their heads.

24 May 2017
A solar power plant owned by RWE subsidiary Innogy. (Innogy)

European utilities face increased regulatory pressure

RWE used its Q1 earnings call to highlight how price caps and stricter EU rules on emissions are contributing to a tough business climate.

17 May 2017
Patnow coal plant, Poland. Warsaw hopes to help the country’s coal plants. (Zepak)

Warsaw vs Brussels in capacity market debate

Poland is pushing ahead with plans to support its coal power plants with a capacity market, but these will bring it into conflict with proposed EU law.

15 May 2017
Solar installations in Berlin. Large-scale storage could support renewable capacity. (Berliner Energieagentur)

Germany takes lead in Euro battery charge

Germany is leading the way on installing large-scale battery projects as it works to store energy from its renewable capacity.

9 May 2017
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order rescinding a clean water initiative. (PA)

Trump’s climate stance opens door for competitors

Although the US may not live up to its commitments on climate change, other countries and companies are nevertheless making progress.

25 April 2017
The Sabine Pass LNG plant in the United States. Just 9% of US LNG cargoes were shipped to Europe in 2016.

Little US LNG landing in Europe

US LNG is proving far more popular outside Europe, which favoured oil-indexed cargoes and Russian pipeline supplies in 2016.

10 April 2017
A truck loading LNG at the Zeebrugge terminal in Belgium. (Fluxys Belgium)

Zeebrugge LNG finds small-scale success

Belgium’s small-scale truck loading and bunkering operations could be the way ahead for Europe’s LNG terminals, which are largely lying idle.

5 April 2017
A pipeline from Poland’s LNG terminal at Swinoujscie. The country may install an FSRU. (Gaz-System)

New Polish LNG terminal ‘quick and cheap option’

Poland is considering installing an FSRU as a back-up in case the proposed Northern Gate pipeline to Norway is not built.

28 March 2017
A gas filling station in Germany. The country is lagging behind others in Europe when it comes to NGVs. (Daimler)

Courts push Germany to clean up transport

A series of lawsuits is forcing Germany to tackle air pollution at a regional level, but more policy backing will be needed to encourage NGV uptake.

22 March 2017
BP's Andrew platform, North Sea. (BP plc)

Unlocking North Sea decommissioning deals

Christopher McGee-Osborne, partner at Dentons, talks about the firm’s latest Europe-focused report and decommissioning in the North Sea.

29 November 2016
An artist's rendition of the Aasta Hansteen field. (Statoil)

Aasta Hansteen still waiting for platform construction

Statoil’s first deepwater field in the Norwegian sea will start up in H2 2018, the company says. Meanwhile, development costs are rising.

28 November 2016

Gas will be long-term winner by 2040 – IEA

Gas use in the EU power sector fell by nearly 12% per year between 2010 and 2014, but overall demand for the fuel will increase over the next 25 years.

25 November 2016
A hydrogen generating plant. A new study suggests the gas could be supplied by existing infrastructure. (Caloric)

Industry backs hydrogen heating

Converting natural gas networks to use hydrogen could result in lower CO2 emissions and reduced costs, according to new research.

22 November 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers an address at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech. (PA)

Countries push decarbonisation at COP22

With COP22 wrapping up in Marrakesh this week, countries have been laying out their plans for decarbonisation.

18 November 2016

Worldwide CCS progress not enough – report

The Global CCS Institute expects more than 20 new CCS projects to be operational by the end of 2017, but more are needed to meet the Paris 'well-below 2C' target.

18 November 2016
Cheniere plans to sell up to 50 LNG cargoes to France’s EDF, arriving at the Dunkirk terminal. (EDF)

French LNG imports set to rise

France will take advantage of the oversupply on the global LNG market to boost its intake of the fuel, helping to compensate for reduced nuclear power generation.

8 November 2016

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