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Environmental Policy

ETS slammed for failing to drive energy market investments

Green technology investors have long argued that a unilateral move by the EU to boost the bloc’s emissions target could help flagging carbon prices.

23 January 2012
Environmental Policy

EU calls for even distribution of emissions reduction costs

A more ambitious European Union approach to limiting climate change this decade would cost less than originally estimated, but poorer member states stand to bear more of the extra burden, according to

23 January 2012
Environmental Policy

Member states await EC’s nuclear verdict

The third and final phase of the European Commission’s nuclear stress tests is underway, and the outcome of the report could put pressure on member states to partially or fully phase out nuclear power for good.

20 January 2012
Market Legislation

EC to apply for second negotiating mandate in energy

The European Commission is expected to officially apply in February for its second international negotiating mandate in the field of energy, this time between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Baltic states) and Russia/Belarus, an unnamed EU source has told Energy Monitor.

19 January 2012
Environmental Policy

EC scrutinises Hungary’s free CO2 allocation plan

The European Commission has asked Hungary to provide additional justification for, what the EU executive sees as a very narrow interpretation of the rules on who should benefit from possible free allocation of carbon emission credits in the energy sector as of next year, according to a government paper seen by Energy Monitor.

19 January 2012
Energy Security

Storage access still limited despite stricter laws

EU law has required third party access to storage facilities on a non-discriminatory basis for years, but the failure of some member states to comply hampers market development and threatens security of supply

18 January 2012
Market Legislation

REMIT comes into force, slow progress expected

There is still much work to be done before the impact of the European Union’s Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) will be visible

17 January 2012
Environmental Policy

Energy Efficiency Directive talks take unexpected turn

The EU’s talks on the Energy Efficiency Directive have taken a U-turn. The change in direction is the result of member states and MEPs recognising the need to give countries more flexibility in choo

16 January 2012
Environmental Policy

Calls for EU to stop nuclear fall on deaf ears

The European Union appears reluctant to get in the way of new nuclear power plants despite mounting public scepticism over safety concerns and their impact on the environment

13 January 2012
Environmental Policy

Free CO2 credits to finance Hungary-Slovak pipeline

Hungarian state-owned electricity company MVM stands to benefit from possible free allocation of EU carbon emission credits (EUAs) during the next phase of the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) sta

12 January 2012
Energy Security

Import dependence pressures EU to find alternatives

Reducing dependency on gas imports will be a key issue for the European Union this year as concerns over Gazprom's dominant market share are increasing.

10 January 2012
Country Profiles

Austria and Hungary: Europe’s energy hubs

Austria and Hungary: Europe’s energy hubs

5 January 2012
Foreign Affairs

Challenges ahead for the Energy Community

Interfax asked the chairman of the Energy Community, Slavtcho Neykov, about the challenges ahead for improving competition and security of gas supply in non-EU countries.

4 January 2012
Market Legislation

EU enters key year for internal energy market

A string of new EU regulations that will affect the gas industry are likely to come into effect in 2012, potentially making it a key year in the creation of an internal energy market for Europe.

3 January 2012
Environmental Policy

No easy agreement in sight on Energy Efficiency Directive

The incoming Danish Presidency of the EU Council will have a hard time trying to hammer out a compromise between the member states and the European Parliament on the draft Energy Efficiency Directive.

22 December 2011
Environmental Policy

Danish presidency to prioritise energy efficiency

The press room in the European Council’s Justus Lipsius building was only half-full when Danish ministers outlined the energy and climate goals for EU countries on Monday, but the message was nevert

21 December 2011
Energy Security

EU ups pressure on Ukraine over security of supply

Ukraine is the world’s biggest transit country of natural gas, with 100-120 billion cubic metres flowing through its cross-border interconnectors to EU countries every year.

20 December 2011
Environmental Policy

New push from industry for ETS recalibration

The European Union should bolster its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to help the price of carbon emissions recover from a persistent low and encourage investment in green technologies, a group of lead

19 December 2011
Foreign Affairs

EU-Russia summit ends without energy deal

Russian leaders gave no firm commitments to comply with the EU’s regulatory framework for gas markets at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.

16 December 2011
Environmental Policy

Oil-indexation must give way for gas to stay competitive

The EU and supplier countries such as Russia need to move away from oil-indexation in long-term gas supply contracts for gas to keep its competitive advantages as a fuel for power generation, the European Commission said in a proposal published on Thursday.

16 December 2011

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