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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

EU Council adopts new regulation on batteries and waste batteries 10 July 2023, 23:58 CET
The EU Council adopted Monday rules to strengthen sustainability rules for batteries, regulating the entire life cycle of batteries to ensure that they are safe, sustainable and competitive.

Commission invites offers for second joint gas purchasing 07 July 2023, 21:58 CET
The European Commission invited 'reliable international gas suppliers' to submit offers Friday under the second EU joint gas purchasing tender, which runs from 7 July to 10 July.

Inaction on EU-UK electric vehicle trade could cost €4.3bn and hit production, EU auto makers warn 20 June 2023, 23:56 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is calling for a three-year postponement to restrictive rules on EU-UK electric vehicle trade, set to come into force in just six months. Otherwise, tariffs could total €4.3 billion, potentially reducing electric vehicle production by some 480,000 units.

EU attracts over 13.4 bcm of gas in first joint gas purchasing tender 16 May 2023, 18:27 CET
The EU attracted bids from 25 supplying companies equivalent to more than 13.4 billion cubic meters of gas (bcm) Tuesday, in the first-ever international tender for joint purchasing of EU gas supplies.

EU Energy Platform 16 May 2023, 14:18 CET
The aim of the EU Energy Platform is to coordinate EU action and negotiations with external upstream suppliers to prevent EU countries from outbidding each other. It can also use the weight of the EU - as one of the biggest consumers of gas in the world - to achieve better conditions for all EU consumers.

Commission launches first EU tender for 11.6bcm joint gas purchases 11 May 2023, 01:44 CET
The EU Commission launched an international tender for joint purchasing of EU gas supplies Wednesday, leveraging the EU's collective economic weight through its 'AggregateEU' mechanism.

MEPs, Council reach deal on greener aviation fuels 26 April 2023, 23:23 CET
European Parliament and Council negotiators reached political agreement Tuesday to increase the uptake of sustainable fuels, such as advanced biofuels or hydrogen, in the aviation sector.

EU launches first call for companies to jointly buy gas 25 April 2023, 22:17 CET
The EU Commission launched Tuesday a process for European companies to register their gas purchase needs via the AggregateEU mechanism, to prepare for the joint purchasing of gas at EU level.

Joint gas purchasing: AggregateEU mechanism to increase energy security for Europe 25 April 2023, 21:47 CET
The European Commission launched on 25 April 2023 a first-of-a-kind process for European companies to register their gas purchase needs via the AggregateEU mechanism, to prepare for the joint purchasing of gas at EU level.

Brussels to tighten 'standby' rules for electrical appliances 18 April 2023, 16:29 CET
The EU Commission adopted Monday new EU rules to reduce the energy consumption of electrical appliances such as washing machines and TV sets when in ‘standby' mode.

RED alert: EU prescription for the climate is to burn more trees 30 March 2023, 23:38 CET
After a long night of negotiating, EU co-legislators agreed on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The agreement, which bundles both revisions under the Fit for 55 package and RePowerEU, should be the Union's road map towards a renewable future. But WWF believes that the failure to tackle the biomass problem and the gutting of important nature protection rules means a lot of harm will be done along the way.

EU strikes deal to boost use of renewable energy 30 March 2023, 22:02 CET
European Council and Parliament negotiators reached provisional political agreement Thursday to set a renewable energy target of 42.5% by 2030 with an additional 2.5% indicative top up for 45%.

AFIR: 'Infrastructure gap' will limit CO2 reductions from road transport 28 March 2023, 23:16 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) welcomes the fact that MEPs and national ministers struck an agreement last night on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), which governs the EU-wide deployment of charging and refuelling stations for all vehicle segments.

Electric car charging set to become more convenient, especially for fast chargers 28 March 2023, 23:12 CET
Electric car drivers in Europe will as of 2025 benefit from more charging points, which to date has been a sticking point in the rollout of greener cars.

Landmark deal to boost Europe's alternative fuels infrastructure 29 March 2023, 23:07 CET
The EU's Parliament and Council reached political agreement Tuesday to boost the number of publicly accessible electric recharging and hydrogen refuelling stations.

EU agrees draft deal to decarbonise maritime sector 24 March 2023, 18:28 CET
More renewable and low-carbon fuels will reduce the carbon footprint of the maritime sector in the EU, following Thursday's provisional political agreement between the Council and the European Parliament.

EU launches large-scale renewable energy skills partnership 21 March 2023, 18:57 CET
Renewable energy trade associations and clean technologies installers with EU support have set up a large-scale skills partnership for the renewable energy industrial ecosystem.

Brussels outlines new framework for net-zero technologies 16 March 2023, 18:54 CET
The EU Commission proposed a 'Net-Zero Industry Act' Thursday to scale up manufacturing of clean technologies in the EU and make sure the Union is well-equipped for the clean-energy transition.

Net-Zero Industry Act and the European Hydrogen Bank - guide 16 March 2023, 18:34 CET
The European Commission proposed on 16 March the Net-Zero Industry Act to scale up manufacturing of clean technologies in the EU and make sure the Union is well-equipped for the clean-energy transition.

Consumers to get much-needed extra protections from their energy suppliers 14 March 2023, 19:13 CET
Consumers would get extra protections from their energy suppliers, according to new proposals the European Commission published today to revamp the bloc's electricity market.

EU electricity market reform to boost renewables, protect consumers 14 March 2023, 18:17 CET
The European Commission proposed reforms to the EU's electricity market Tuesday, to speed up uptake in renewables and the phase-out of gas, and better protect consumers from future price spikes.

Revision of the EU's internal electricity market design - guide 14 March 2023, 18:18 CET
The European Commission proposed on 14 March to reform the EU's electricity market design to accelerate a surge in renewables and the phase-out of gas, make consumer bills less dependent on volatile fossil fuel prices, better protect consumers from future price spikes and potential market manipulation, and make the EU's industry clean and more competitive.

New 2030 targets for EU energy efficiency "lack ambition" 14 March 2023, 00:02 CET
EU presidency and European Parliament negotiators struck a provisional political agreement Friday to reduce final energy consumption at EU level by 11.7% in 2030.

BEUC urges EU member states not to delay the adoption of clean car targets any further 07 March 2023, 22:41 CET
Due to pressure from Germany, EU member states are delaying the signing off of a new EU law which would eliminate CO2 emissions from new cars by 2035. The request by national politicians to introduce a loophole for cars running on synthetic 'e-fuels' in the law runs against the interest of drivers, as it will be much more costly than going electric.

EU to boost renewable hydrogen economy 02 March 2023, 18:51 CET
The EU Commission and key stakeholders signed a joint declaration Wednesday highlighting the key role of sustained efforts in renewable hydrogen research and innovation.