The COP 21 climate summit in Paris, 2015 Environmental Policy

Energy industry awaits EU’s revised climate strategy

The EU’s long-term energy and climate strategy is seen as outdated and will have to be revamped to match the ambitions of the 2015 Paris climate summit.

By Andreas Walstad 20 April 2018
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EU-Algeria talks ongoing - Oettinger

The European Union is preparing a strategic oil and gas agreement with Algeria, following the December 2011 memorandum on the development of solar power in North Africa, EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said in Brussels.

8 March 2012
Environmental Policy

European Commission and Parliament resist changes to energy savings obligation scheme

The European Commission is ready to defend key measures in the draft Energy Efficiency Directive, including an obligation for energy utilities to decrease their sales volumes to end-users by 1.5% a year up to 2020, Marie Donnelly, director for energy efficiency and renewables at the Commission's energy directorate, told a conference in Brussels on

8 March 2012
Upstream

Entso-e calls for faster project permitting in new package

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Entso-e) has said there is strong evidence supporting for speeding up national project permitting procedures in the new 10-year electricity network development package which it released on Thursday.

5 March 2012
Upstream

Stormy week for the European gas market

The arena in which the EU's Third Energy Package legislation is playing out looks to be shifting from the offices of Brussels to the courts of Vienna this week, as the EC enforces implementation deadlines on 8 slow-starters and Gazprom launches arbitration proceedings against Baltic neighbour Lithuania.

2 March 2012
Market Legislation

Understanding the web of European market legislation

A string of new or revised market abuse regulations affecting energy companies are being launched in the build-up to the European Commission’s vision of an internal energy market by 2014.

29 February 2012
Energy Security

Parliament votes in favour of stricter efficiency targets

The European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) on Tuesday voted in favour of two sets of EU energy legislation with the aim to reduce import dependency and increase security of supply.

28 February 2012
Market Legislation

EC ups pressure on member states to comply with third package

The European Commission has given eight member states a deadline of two months to implement Third Energy Package legislation, which became legally binding in March 2011.

28 February 2012
Environmental Policy

Deadlock in fuel quality talks as directive sent back to Council

On 23 February, national experts failed to agree on a proposed directive that classifies fossil fuels for transport according to the levels of pollution they cause. The proposal is now being sent back to the EU Council consisting of member states’ environment ministers.

27 February 2012
Environmental Policy

Low carbon prices is not market failure

Matthias Lang, Partner at Law Firm Bird & Bird, is an expert on EU policy and energy. Andreas Walstad spoke to him about the EU’s emission trading system, carbon reduction targets post-2020 and market regulation affecting the energy industry.

24 February 2012
Environmental Policy

EU faced with deadlock in energy efficiency debate

The European Commission has threatened to withdraw its proposal for a new Energy Efficiency Directive if member states continue to oppose both binding national efficiency targets and a set of binding measures which the EU’s executive outlined in the draft law, according to the minutes of last week’s meeting of EU energy ministers.

23 February 2012
Environmental Policy

EU Council calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies

The European Council – seen as the most powerful of EU institutions – has reiterated calls for member states to phase out fossil fuel subsidies

22 February 2012
Market Legislation

Energy companies face complex web of market legislation

The EU is stepping up the fight to tackle manipulation in energy and derivatives markets, but energy companies are worried about the complexity and sheer number of laws they have to comply with

21 February 2012
Environmental Policy

IETA calls for ETS caps review

International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) said on Wednesday that reforms should be made to the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, but refrained from joining the calls for a set-aside of allowances to bolster tumbling carbon-emission prices.

20 February 2012
Environmental Policy

EP may withhold carbon allowances to bolster prices

The European Parliament is expected to vote to withhold some carbon emission allowances from the next phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) after political parties in the assembly reached a compromise tied to draft legislation on energy efficiency.

20 February 2012
Environmental Policy

EU’s Roadmap 2050 lacks clear signals for investors

The EC’s Energy Roadmap 2050, which sets out goals to decarbonise the EU energy industry, lacks clear signals for investment in long-term gas infrastructure projects, according to some industry experts.

17 February 2012
Investment & Finance

EU rules against Hungary's power purchase agreements

A long-term electricity purchase agreement between the French-owned Budapesti Erőmű Zrt and Hungary's state-owned MVM Zrt has been declared illegal under EU state aid rules, even though it was concluded before Hungary joined the EU.

16 February 2012
Environmental Policy

Ministers reject binding energy efficiency targets

EU ministers have ruled out the prospect of making the 20% energy efficiency target by 2020 legally binding, despite Europe’s increasing dependency on gas imports.

15 February 2012
Energy Security

Cold spell highlights need for gas grid investment - Oettinger

The recent cold spell in Europe emphasises the need for increased investment in cross-border infrastructure for gas and power, Günther Oettinger, the EC’s commissioner for energy told journalists after the EU Council energy summit in Brussels on Tuesday.

15 February 2012
Environmental Policy

EU pushes for CCS deployment at Beijing summit

Deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) to reduce emissions from power generation in China will be high on the agenda when EU ministers meet with the Chinese government in Beijing on Tuesday.

14 February 2012
Environmental Policy

EC to increase funding for bio-energy projects

The European Commission is making more funding available for projects in the bio-energy sector to reduce Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels, it confirmed on Monday.

14 February 2012

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