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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

Bioenergy mars EU Commission's attempts at a science-based Taxonomy
Today the EU Commission published draft rules to govern which economic sectors are considered sustainable in climate terms under an EU 'Taxonomy'.

EU plans ambitious increase in offshore wind capacity
EU plans for a fivefold increase in Europe's offshore wind capacity by 2030, were outlined Thursday by the Commission in a new strategy for renewables, including ocean energy and emerging technologies.

Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy
To help meet the EU's goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission presented on 19 November the EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy.

Charging points: Growth not keeping pace with rising demand for electric vehicles, new data show
A new report by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) shows that despite strong growth, the available charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the EU still falls far below what is needed, and remains unevenly distributed across member states.

EU Methane Strategy
The European Commission presented on 14 October an EU strategy to reduce methane emissions.

EUBCE 2021 - 29th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
The 29th EUBCE will take place from 26th to 29th April, 2021 in Marseille France.

Environment MEPs vote fossil fuels OUT of recovery fund
Fossil fuels have no place in the EU’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee. They voted yesterday to exclude coal, oil, and gas from the EU's EUR 672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility - the biggest part of the recovery fund.

62 coal region mayors unite for sustainable future
Mayors from Europe's coal regions affirmed their commitment to a sustainable future supported by the EU's Just Transition Fund at an event with EU Commission Deputy Director for regional policy Normunds Popens and Jerzy Buzek MEP today.

'A single pathway to 2050?' - Eurogas Annual Conference
The online Eurogas Annual Conference 'A single pathway to 2050?' will look to address the issues for the energy sector in relation to a carbon-neutral EU by 2050 and meeting 2030 climate and energy objectives.

Free emissions allowances must be better targeted: EU auditors
Free allowances under the EU's 'cap and trade' emissions trading system, distributed to industry, aviation and sometimes electricity sectors, were not well targeted, says an EU auditors' report.

Hydrogen strategy opens arms to fossil fuels
The EU hydrogen strategy, published today, risks delaying industrial decarbonisation by keeping the door wide open for fossil fuels such as gas.

EU Hydrogen Strategy
The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted on 8 July, will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.

EU Strategy for Energy System Integration
The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted on 8 July, will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.

EU hydrogen strategy to bolster green recovery
The European Commission unveiled EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen Wednesday, saying they will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector.

MEPs vote for gas, against a real just transition
Today MEPs voted in committee to allow gas to receive Just Transition funding, potentially locking European communities into fossil fuels for decades to come.

Renovation Wave: key incentive for SME recovery
The Renovation Wave can be a significant contribution to the economic restart of the EU. SMEs in the construction sector will get a boost from the resources invested to make buildings energy efficient and the turn around initiated towards renewable energy sources.

Auto makers and electricity sector call for rapid action on charging points under EU recovery plan
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and Eurelectric welcome the focus on infrastructure for electrically-chargeable vehicles in the coronavirus recovery plan announced by the European Commission.

EUR 1 billion to support Europe's battery industry
The European Investment Bank confirmed at a meeting of the European Battery Alliance Tuesday that it expects to increase backing of battery-related projects in 2020 to more than EUR 1 bn financing.

New EU rules on power adaptors come into force
A new EU regulation on external power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances, from laptops to electric toothbrushes, more energy efficient entered into force on 1 April.

EU greenlights EUR 3.2 billion battery research project
The European Commission approved Monday under EU state aid rules a 'Common European interest' project jointly notified by seven EU Member States to support research and innovation in batteries.

EU energy ministers must phase out fossil gas and improve their 2030 plans
Today, EU energy ministers have discussed sector integration as well as the state of play of the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). Continued reliance on fossil gas and the fact that the plans are still falling short of climate ambition flies in the face of the European Parliament acting "Climate Emergency" last week.

EU bank ends fossil fuel lending in world-first for climate
The European Investment Bank (EIB) today became the world's first public lender to commit to ending funding for coal, oil and gas.

New labelling for European tyres to save energy
A new tyre labelling scheme for car and trucks, provisionally agreed Wednesday by EU institutions, aims to increase consumer awareness and fuel savings, improve safety and decrease noise pollution.

The Energy Globe World Awards 2019: actions needed
"European companies are global pioneers in environmental protection and resource efficiency. This is underlined by the nomination of many European initiatives among the finalists for the Energy Globe World Award," says Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, President of SMEunited, after yesterday's award ceremony in Espoo, Finland.

EU sets up sanctions against Turkey for Cyprus oil drilling
The EU Council adopted a framework for restrictive measures Monday in response to unauthorised drilling by Turkey of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean, enabling sanctions on individuals or entities.