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Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

Phasing out coal, powering a sustainable future 16 November 2017, 15:33 CET
WWF welcomes the creation of the ‘The Global Alliance to Power Past Coal’, launched in Bonn today, as an important step toward building a coal-free future. It is time for the European Union to follow suit.

German electricity exports are fueling domestic coal mining 14 November 2017, 23:18 CET
Germany could cut the equivalent of Hungary’s annual emissions, just by stopping electricity exports. A new report released by the climate thinktank Sandbag shows Germany exported 49TWh of electricity in 2016 - and is on course for even more in 2017 - from the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel, lignite.

Commission proposal to amend the Gas Directive 10 November 2017, 00:04 CET
To improve the functioning of the EU internal energy market and enhance solidarity between Member States, the Commission today proposed to amend the EU Gas Directive.

Small is beautiful: Don't burden small businesses and consumers, empower them to boost the energy transition! 09 November 2017, 18:49 CET
The trade associations representing key players in Europe’s energy transition urge policy makers to take a step-wise approach towards the market integration of small-scale renewable and high efficiency cogeneration installations.

EU carbon market downgraded from flagship to backstop 09 November 2017, 13:02 CET
EU lawmakers today struck a tentative deal on the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the period after 2020. For WWF this inadequate deal, which will pay heavy industry to continue polluting, makes Europe’s Paris Agreement climate commitments look meaningless. It puts huge pressure on EU lawmakers to ensure the the Clean Energy package delivers the missing climate action.

New EU gas rules could staunch Russian pipeline 10 November 2017, 00:05 CET
Changes to the Gas Directive proposed Wednesday to ensure that all major gas pipelines entering EU territory comply with EU rules could prove an obstacle to the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 project.

Last chance to register for Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2017 08 November 2017, 18:09 CET
SMi reports: It's the last chance to register for SMi's 16th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum taking place in two weeks' time.

New study: no room for gas in Europe's climate budget, science shows 07 November 2017, 13:22 CET
Europe needs to urgently quit gas if it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to internationally agreed levels, new science shows.

Challenge to EU leaders: Time to move Europe Beyond Coal 02 November 2017, 17:54 CET
Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable energy. As ‘Europe Beyond Coal’ launches, Brussels-based groups have set the EU five challenges to help Europe become coal-free by 2030.

MEPs ignore the science to allow subsidies to bad bioenergy 26 October 2017, 00:23 CET
The European Parliament's Environment Committee voted Monday in favour of continued subsidies to burning trees and stumps for energy, in a defeat for science, the climate and forests - and the EU’s reputation on climate change.

SMi's 16th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum returns to Amsterdam this November 23 October 2017, 13:30 CET
SMi reports: SMi's 16th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum will return to Rome this November to discuss key drivers surrounding infrastructure financing, funding opportunities and future risks.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Remaining flaws could be detrimental to construction SMEs 11 October 2017, 15:55 CET
Today's ITRE Committee vote on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is a step in the right direction, but the European Builders Confederation (EBC) expresses concerns about the impact of some articles of the report.

MEPs unite behind more energy efficient buildings law 11 October 2017, 15:50 CET
MEPs from across the political spectrum got behind an ambitious revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) this morning.

MEPs back law for more energy-efficient buildings 11 October 2017, 15:45 CET
MEPs in committee gave their backing Wednesday to a revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aiming to ensure that all new buildings in the EU are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050.

Recording energy performance contracts in national accounts - Eurostat guidance 21 September 2017, 22:16 CET
Eurostat has published a guidance note on the accounting consequences for governments of energy performance contracts.

EU lifts one key barrier for public investments in energy efficiency, easing adoption of ambitious 2030 targets and measures 20 September 2017, 17:58 CET
Yesterday, Eurostat published a guidance note on how to record Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts. The new guidance note clarifies and makes it easier for governments to invest in improving the energy efficiency of their buildings and infrastructure by using Energy Performance Contracts.

Gas-sharing move to secure EU gas supply 13 September 2017, 18:00 CET
Any EU member state facing an urgent gas shortage will be able to trigger cross-border assistance from its neighbours under new cooperation rules approved by the European Parliament Tuesday.

Alternative fuel vehicle registrations - Quarter 2 2017 08 September 2017, 00:13 CET
In the second quarter of 2017, EU demand for alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) continued the positive momentum from the first quarter.

First generation biofuels are just as sustainable as second generation – both show significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions 07 September 2017, 23:37 CET
A comprehensive sustainability assessment carried out by nova-Institute shows that first generation bioethanol is as advantageous as second generation bioethanol for a feasible climate strategy. The results clearly indicate that the systematic discrimination against first generation biofuels of the current Commission proposal is in no way founded on scientific evidence. It would be counterproductive to further lower the share of first generation fuels in the EU’s energy mix.

Energy-gobbling vacuum cleaners outlawed by EU 01 September 2017, 18:40 CET
Vacuum cleaners sold in Europe are to be more cost- and energy-efficient, as a result of EU rules which outlaw new vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts and emitting more than 80 decibels.

Vacuum cleaners 01 September 2017, 12:44 CET
Vacuum cleaners are subject to EU energy labelling and ecodesign requirements. From September 2017, the most efficient vacuum cleaners will carry a label of A+++. These ratings take into account the vacuum cleaners' total power and how efficiently that power is used to pick up dust. With more efficient vacuum cleaners, Europe as a whole can save up to 20 TWh of electricity per year by 2020. This is equivalent to the annual household electricity consumption of Belgium. It also means over 6 million tonnes of CO2 will not be emitted – about the annual emissions of eight medium-sized power plants.

Energy Storage poised to be a lucrative market in the Benelux 16 August 2017, 18:13 CET
SMi Reports: Industry leaders will gather at the Benelux Infrastructure Forum this November to discuss the latest developments in in energy storage infrastructure.

EU targets pollution with review of fuel-burning plants 01 August 2017, 12:05 CET
The EU Commission took action Monday against pollution from large combustion plants, such as power stations and district heating plants - responsible for about one-third of all air pollutants from industry.

Improving Energy Security in Europe: The Role of Infrastructure Investment 11 July 2017, 18:14 CET
The global sphere is facing increased debate and discussion surrounding the use of renewable energy sources and environmental protections. New projects including battery energy storage, wind farms, and solar panels support the drive for clean energy and put pressure on countries relying upon unsustainable means.

Nord LB, SMBC, and NN Investment Partners B.V. to discuss optimal profitability from alternative energy sources 04 July 2017, 14:06 CET
Outdated modes of energy sourcing and dependence on external supplies drive a need to strengthen European energy security. New forms of energy and updated infrastructure through renewable energy would serve to remedy this reliance on energy suppliers and strengthen Europe’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.