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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

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.

New EU push for safer, more repairable appliances
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday new 'eco-design' measures to improve the repairability and recyclability of household products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.

New ecodesign measures
In a continued effort to reduce Europe's carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the European Commission on 1 October adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.

2030 energy efficiency targets receive EU boost
The European Commission adopted on Wednesday three recommendations to help the Member States with transposing and implementing the EU's amending Directive on Energy Efficiency.

New study highlights lack of progress on infrastructure & incentives for alternatively-powered cars
At the start of a new EU political term, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is urgently calling for a comprehensive plan to enable the transition to zero-emission mobility in Europe.

Access to electric car chargers must be guaranteed, urge auto makers, electricity sector and NGO
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), Eurelectric and Transport & Environment (T&E) are calling on the European institutions to facilitate a rapid roll-out of smart charging infrastructure for electrically-chargeable vehicles.

National climate plans lack ambition, says Brussels
Member States' plans to implement EU objectives for meeting energy and climate targets fall short on renewables and energy efficiency, the Commission said Wednesday in its assessment of the plans.

National energy and climate plans
The European Commission published on 18 June its assessment of Member States' draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

National energy plans: EU must raise the bar - Greenpeace
Ahead of a crucial summit that could define the EU’s collective response to the climate crisis, the European Commission has released its recommendations to EU countries on their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).

More wind, solar power needed if EU is to meet renewables targets
The EU needs to take significant action to generate more electricity from wind and solar power and meet its targets on renewables, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors, out Thursday.

New report shows some EU Member States intent on burning coal for electricity beyond 2030 whilst banking on EU funding for a just energy transition
Today, a new report by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and Sandbag reveals Member States are receiving EU energy transition support but not committing to phase-out coal.

Fuel prices
Whoever drives a car will have been confronted with the high cost of fuel.

Utilities
UnitedConsumers' goal is to relieve consumers as much as possible in their monthly fixed costs.

Electric car sales not taking off in lower-income EU countries, new data shows
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has published new data highlighting the correlation between the affordability of electric cars and their market uptake.

EU maps out road to climate neutrality by 2050
The EU Commission reported progress on the Energy Union Tuesday, particularly its action plan on batteries, and setting out a path to more efficient and democratic decision making in EU energy and climate policy.

State of the EU Energy Union
The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted 9 April, shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans.

Car CO2 emissions up: auto makers urge investment in charging infrastructure to boost electric cars
Average CO2 emissions from new cars were 118.5 grams of CO2 per kilometre in 2017, or up 0.4% compared to 2016, according to data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) yesterday.

Non-EU gas pipelines set to come under EU law
Pipelines entering the EU from non-EU countries will come under EU law, including competition rules, following the EU Parliament's approval Wednesday of new gas market rules providing legal clarity for operators.

EU invests EUR 4 bn in large infrastructure projects
EUR 4 billion of EU funds is to be invested in 25 large infrastructure projects - in areas such as transport, research, environment and energy - in 10 Member States, the Commission announced Tuesday.

EU ecodesign and energy labels under auditors' scrutiny
The European Court of Auditors said Wednesday it is assessing the contribution EU measures for ecodesign and the energy labelling of products make to EU energy efficiency and environmental objectives.