Christian Ernhede

Europe specialist
Photo of the Staudinger coal power plant, near Frankfurt, Germany

Member states frustrate EU green roadmap

The absence of National Energy and Climate Plans from a third of EU countries has set the European Commission on an increasingly tight deadline to deliver the plan for raising its 2030 targets.

13 February 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Electricity power lines

EU power imports undermine climate policy

With growing EU electricity imports and a looming carbon border tax, neighbouring countries may be pressured to align with the EU’s carbon market in order to create a level playing field.

6 February 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Frans Timmermans

EU diplomacy to push green agenda overseas

The European Commission's stated aim to increase its geopolitical involvement and its ambitious energy transition roadmap support measures to reduce carbon emissions worldwide.

30 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Pipes being laid fopr tehj Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Greece

Opportunities for gas in EU green investment plan

A proposed EU guarantee scheme may lead to greater diversification of energy funding pursuant to the Green Deal Investment Plan, with some member states set to embrace gas.

23 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Kozienice Power Plant, Poland

EU transition fund puts further pressure on coal

The EU’s Just Transition Fund aims to speed up the bloc’s energy transition – in particular via coal-decommissioning – by supporting the regions hardest hit by the change.

16 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
CGI image of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, UK

EU green investment rules a challenge for nuclear

The new standards seem set to make it increasingly challenging to finance new nuclear developments, handing gas and renewables a competitive advantage.

9 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Frans Timmermans and Ursula von der Leyen at the European Parliament

Realpolitik beats path for gas in EU green deal

The European Commission’s ambition to increase 2030 CO2 reduction targets will be welcomed by the gas and nuclear industries, but support from member states will not come easy.

19 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Power generation investment in EU countries in 2018

Gas eyes role in EU green investment standards

A preliminary EU agreement has opened the way for gas projects to be classified as green investments, which would be a boost for investor confidence in the sector.

12 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The new Romanian prime minister Ludovic Orban during a session in parliament in Bucharest

Romania shifts to gas amid surge in CO2 price

Gas-fired power is likely to make significant gains in Romania’s energy mix in the coming years, particularly if the regulatory burden on domestic gas production is lifted.

5 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
A wind farm offshore UK/

EU regulations lag power-to-gas ambitions

Support for emerging power-to-gas technologies is missing from current EU legislation, but there are signs the regulatory framework is changing.

28 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
EC President Jean-Claude Juncker with President-elect Ursula von der Leyen

MEPs up pressure to phase out EU grants for gas

Conventional gas projects may struggle to get EU funding under the next Connecting Europe Facility period because of mounting pressure from the European Parliament to reform the EU’s priority list.

21 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The EIB building

EU vote narrows EIB gas lending to low-emission projects

The policy will effectively ban lending to unabated fossil gas projects by 2022 but could open doors for more investment in carbon-capture technologies and ‘green’ gases.

15 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
An LNG bunkering vessel, the Engie Zeebrugge

Methanol as a marine fuel may support gas demand

The switch to alternative shipping fuels such as methanol could boost gas demand in the short term, but the future of LNG as a shipping fuel looks less certain.

14 November 2019 World / Alternative Fuels
UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom walking to 10 Downing Street

UK subsidy scheme approval is good news for gas

The European Commission's state-aid approval for the British capacity mechanism is a relief for the gas-to-power industry and signals continuing EU support for such measures.

31 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Cranes lifting pipes

EU includes 32 gas projects in draft priority list

The number of gas projects classed as PCIs by the EU looks set to fall as the shift in funding from gas to electricity continues.

24 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
HQ of the European Investment Bank.

EU divided on future EIB lending to gas projects

Member states will try for a third time in November to reach consensus on the European Investment Bank's contentious new energy lending policy.

17 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Port of Gothenburg in Sweden

Sweden’s LNG rejection signals protectionist energy policy

Sweden has refused to open up its gas market to increased competition through LNG supplies in an apparent contradiction of EU gas market objectives.

11 October 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
The Patnow coal-fired power plant in Poland

EU energy transition struggles in Central Europe

Several Central and Eastern European countries are blocking an agreement on increased caron reduction targets because of lack of a clarity on EU funding.

10 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A gas-fired power plant in Spain.

EU regulation offers reprieve to gas with CCS

The inclusion of clean gas in a proposed new EU taxonomy regulation could help boost investment in hydrogen and CCS.

26 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
European Commission President-elect Ursula con der Leyen

EU steps up efforts to revamp energy tax directive

An overhaul of the EU’s Energy Taxation Directive could bring benefits for gas and hydrogen in road and maritime transport, but getting member states to sign up for radical changes to the directive will not come easy.

19 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

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