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Environmental Policy

Poland’s veto on climate goals is reality check for EU

Poland’s rejection of the EU’s ambitious emission reduction targets beyond 2020 proves just how hard it will be to achieve the vision of a decarbonised European economy by 2050.

21 March 2012
Energy Security

IGA debate intensifies as plenary vote nears

The EU debate on intergovernmental agreements in energy is gaining momentum with a final decision on the draft legislation expected this summer.

20 March 2012
Environmental Policy

EC consulting on electricity and gas grid code priorities

The European Commission has launched consultations on the annual priority lists for the development of electricity and gas network codes and guidelines for 2013 and beyond, according to the Commission’s website.

15 March 2012
Environmental Policy

Presidency fights to keep CO2 in EU minimum energy tax

The Danish presidency of the EU Council circulated a compromise proposal last week among member states to keep the carbon dioxide element of the new EU-level minimum tax on fuels.

15 March 2012
Market Legislation

ENTSOG submits first Network code

The European Network of Transmission Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) submitted its first Network Code to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) at an event in Brussels this week.

13 March 2012
Environmental Policy

Climate debate overshadowed by Polish refusal to raise targets

The debate on Friday among EU environment ministers on Europe’s climate strategy up to 2020 and beyond was overshadowed by Poland’s continued refusal to accept a more ambitious climate policy and threat to veto the conclusions on the road map to a low-carbon economy by 2050.

9 March 2012
Upstream

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

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