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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

Green light for EU's EUR 17.5 bn climate transition fund
EU states gave final approval Monday to a regulation establishing a EUR 17.5 billion fund which is designed to mitigate the consequences for those most affected by Europe's transition away from fossil fuels.

Sustainable blue economy to support EU's green recovery
A new approach for a sustainable blue economy, proposed Monday by the EU Commission for industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts, aims to assure them a green recovery from the pandemic.

Car makers open to higher CO2 targets, if there is matching infrastructure ramp-up across the EU
The EU automobile industry is open to higher CO2 reduction targets for cars in 2030, provided that they are directly linked to binding commitments from member states to roll out the required charging points and hydrogen stations. CEOs of Europe's leading car makers agreed this during a recent Board meeting of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

EU introduces new energy labels for domestic appliances
A new version of the EU energy label became effective in shops and online retailers Monday, applying to product categories such as fridges, washing machines and TVs, and helping to cut energy bills.

EU should target 1 million EV public chargers by 2024, say carmakers, environmentalists and consumer groups
Carmakers, environmentalists and consumer groups are calling on the EU to set ambitious targets per country for the deployment of electric vehicle charging points.

EU okays EUR 2.9 bn battery innovation project
The Commission gave its approval under EU state aid rules Wednesday to a second Important Project of Common European Interest to support research and innovation in the battery value chain.

Brussels proposes boost for European battery sector
The EU Commission published a proposal for a new Batteries Regulation Thursday, an important piece of legislation to define the framework for future investments in the European battery eco-system.

Sustainable Batteries Regulation
On 10 December, the European Commission proposed to modernise EU legislation on batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan.

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.

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.