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.

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
Negotiations at COP22 will focus on how to deliver on the Paris agreement. (UNclimatechange, flickr)

Climate deal implementation plans due at COP22

The historic COP21 climate deal came into force on Friday, and negotiations are set to start again in Marrakesh on how to implement the agreement.

4 November 2016

Cost-cutting measures boost majors’ Q3 results

European oil and gas majors reported improved profits in Q3 2016 as cost-cutting measures took effect.

4 November 2016
The majors have seen LNG demand growth in the Middle East, India and China. (Shell)

LNG demand aids majors’ recovery in Q3

Growing LNG demand in the Middle East, India and China helped European oil and gas majors produce positive results in Q3.

3 November 2016
The blocks on offer in Norway’s 23rd licensing round.

Norway pushes Arctic work despite legal dispute

Oslo is forging ahead with exploration in the Barents Sea in the face of suboptimal economics and protests by environmentalists.

1 November 2016

Policy backing boosts IEA renewables forecasts

The International Energy Agency has raised its forecast for global growth in renewable power over the next five years by 13%.

28 October 2016
The decision was made at the 70th session of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee. (IMO/Flickr)

IMO brings forward global sulphur cap for ship fuel

A 0.5% cap on sulphur in shipping fuels will take effect from 2020, but opponents say the industry will not be ready in time.

28 October 2016
Orense wind farm. The IEA expects global renewable electricity capacity to increase by 42% by 2021. (Iberdrola)

IEA raises its renewable growth forecast

Strong policy support for the use of renewables in power generation has led the IEA to increase its growth forecasts for the sector.

25 October 2016

Portuguese LNG imports spike in recent months

Portugal increased the amount of LNG it imported in August and September on an annual basis.

21 October 2016

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