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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

EU looks to enable joint purchasing of gas 18 October 2022, 18:28 CET
The European Commission made additional proposals to fight high energy prices Tuesday and ensure security of supply, with a new emergency regulation to enable joint gas purchasing.

Electric cars: 6 EU countries have less than 1 charger per 100km of road; 1 charger in 7 is fast 13 October 2022, 22:26 CET
Not only is there an insufficient number of electric charging points along the road networks in most EU countries, but the vast majority of these do not charge quickly enough, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

EU adopts emergency measures to reduce energy prices 06 October 2022, 23:37 CET
EU states formally adopted a regulation Thursday on an emergency intervention introducing common measures to reduce electricity demand and redistribute the energy sector's surplus revenues.

Emergency call: mitigate energy price rises for SMEs 28 September 2022, 22:28 CET
SMEunited urges EU Energy Ministers to adopt the measures proposed by the European Commission to tackle high energy prices at their meeting on Friday. In addition, the Commission should come forward with the reviewed State aid crisis framework as soon as possible allowing Member States to implement price-cutting measures for SMEs.

State of the SME Union - shape Europe for SMEs 14 September 2022, 23:35 CET
SMEunited welcomes President von der Leyen's measures for SMEs, announced at the State of the Union address today. SMEs support the efforts to reduce electricity demand, push down prices and avoid blackouts.

EU plans 5 pct reduction in electricity consumption 14 September 2022, 22:35 CET
The EU Commission proposed Wednesday to reduce electricity consumption by at least 5 per cent during peak price hours, as Europe responds to dramatic price rises and energy supply shortages.

Emergency intervention to address high energy prices - guide 14 September 2022, 22:28 CET
The EU is confronted with the effects of a severe mismatch between energy demand and supply, due largely to the continued weaponisation by Russia of its energy resources. The European Commission proposed on 14 September an emergency intervention in Europe's energy markets to tackle recent dramatic price rises.

European Parliament finally wakes up on biomass threat 14 September 2022, 21:10 CET
In the middle of a roaring energy crisis, and in the teeth of a massive lobbying push by corporate interests, the European Parliament today took its first steps towards fixing the forest biomass problem in its vote on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

EIB to provide up to EUR 10 bn for shift away from fossil fuels 07 September 2022, 23:05 CET
The European Investment Bank and the Commission signed an agreement Wednesday paving the way for EUR 11.5 billion in loans and grants to support regions' transition to a climate-neutral economy.

EU commits to reducing gas demand by 15 pct next winter 02 August 2022, 22:49 CET
As the EU prepares for possible disruptions of gas supplies from Russia, Member States reached a political agreement Tuesday on a voluntary reduction of natural gas demand by 15 per cent this winter.

EU 'Save Gas for a Safe Winter' Plan - guide 20 July 2022, 23:35 CET
The European Commission is proposing a new legislative tool and a European Gas Demand Reduction Plan, to reduce gas use in Europe by 15% until next spring.

EU targets 15 pct reduction in gas use by next spring 23 July 2022, 00:11 CET
With Europe facing the risk of further gas supply cuts by Russia, the European Commission put forward Wednesday a European Gas Demand Reduction Plan to reduce gas use in Europe.

EU to double Azerbaijan gas imports by 2027 26 July 2022, 16:05 CET
The EU signed an agreement Monday to strengthen cooperation with Azerbaijan, including doubling gas imports to the EU by 2027, as part of European efforts to move away from Russian fossil fuels.

Euro-MPs call for 45 pct renewables by 2030 13 July 2022, 22:47 CET
The European Parliament's environment committee voted Wednesday to accelerate substantially the deployment of renewable energy, and also reductions in energy consumption, by 2030.

EU supports clean tech projects with EUR 1.8 billion funding 12 July 2022, 23:35 CET
The European Union launched over EUR 1.8 billion of awards Tuesday to 17 large-scale innovative projects to bring breakthrough technologies to the market in energy-intensive industries.

MEPS push to decarbonise aviation with cooking oil 12 July 2022, 00:04 CET
Used cooking oil, synthetic fuel or even hydrogen should become the norm as aviation fuel, the European Parliament said Thursday as the EU looks for sustainable fuel to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

European Parliament greenlights institutional greenwashing of consumers' investments and pensions 06 July 2022, 18:54 CET
The European Parliament has given its green light to the European Commission's plans to label nuclear energy and fossil gas as 'green investments'. For BEUC, this is unacceptable institutional greenwashing and will prevent consumers from investing sustainably.

This is not over yet - WWF will not rest until the Taxonomy is truly green 06 July 2022, 18:50 CET
Like the Commission and the Council previously, the European Parliament failed climate and citizens by endorsing a set of sustainable finance rules which will channel billions of euros into activities that will accelerate climate change and harm the planet, during a vote in today's plenary session.

MEPs fail to reject gas, nuclear from EU Taxonomy guidebook 06 July 2022, 18:46 CET
Euro-MPs failed Wednesday to oppose the inclusion of nuclear and gas as environmentally sustainable economic activities, voting instead in favour of labelling them as green activities in the EU Taxonomy.

Car and van CO2 targets: Charging infrastructure essential to meet member state ambition 29 June 2022, 21:35 CET
To meet the extremely ambitious CO2 reduction goals agreed last night by European environment ministers, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is calling for drastic action on charging infrastructure.

EU states agree higher targets for renewables 28 June 2022, 22:56 CET
EU ministers adopted a general approach on two legislative proposals that tackle energy aspects of the EU’s climate transition, the renewable energies directive and the energy efficiency directive.

MEPs approves plans to restock gas reserves before winter 23 June 2022, 23:47 CET
In response to Russia’s war against Ukraine, the EU Parliament approved Thursday a proposal which sets a mandatory minimum level of gas in storage facilities at 80 per cent by 1 November.

Electric cars: Half of all chargers in EU concentrated in just two countries 22 June 2022, 23:51 CET
New data analysis from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) shows that half of all charging points for electric cars in the European Union are concentrated in only two countries - the Netherlands (90,000 chargers) and Germany (60,000).

With an overwhelming majority, MEPs reject the greenwashing of gas and nuclear power in crucial Committee vote 14 June 2022, 22:07 CET
MEPs in the Environment and Economic Affairs committees have rejected the classification of fossil gas and nuclear power as environmentally sustainable under the EU Taxonomy - the EU's "green" investment guidebook. With an absolute majority, MEPs passed a first crucial step by voting down a list that would give a 'green' label to fossil gas and nuclear power despite their nefarious environmental impacts.

MEPs reject plan to greenwash gas and nuclear power 15 June 2022, 18:43 CET
The European Parliament's Joint Committee on Economic Affairs and Environment rejected Tuesday the classification of fossil gas and nuclear power as environmentally sustainable under the EU's Taxonomy.