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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

EU reaches deal on energy performance of buildings
The EU presidency secured provisional agreement with the European Parliament on new rules on the energy performance of buildings Tuesday, with final approval expected at the start of next year.

Energy ministers give Europeans coal for Christmas
European energy ministers have backed coal and other fossil fuels over renewable energy, in the ongoing reform of the EU’s energy laws.

EU governments' positions would stifle renewable energy revolution
Today EU Energy Ministers have adopted their positions on four legislative proposals under the Clean Energy Package, which will guide the EU’s energy transition in the coming decade and beyond.

Member States abandon pretence of climate ambition
EU governments showed their complete disdain for the Paris Agreement and Europe’s renewable energy future today, as ministers reached agreements on 2030 climate and energy laws.

EU energy reforms disappoint critics
Member States agreed four legislative proposals under the EU's Clean Energy Package Monday, mapping Europe's energy transition over the coming decade, but disappointing environmental groups.

Investment boost for the development of sustainable cities
The European Commission and European Investment Bank launched Tuesday a new advisory service to help cities plan investments to support urban development and get easier access to finance.

Urban Agenda for the EU
The Commission is working together with cities to ensure a good quality of life. See how the Commission helps cities to grow sustainably through sharing of knowledge, funding, and other urban policies and initiatives.

EU Parliament: Energy efficiency boosted, but renewables busted
The European Parliament's energy and industry committee (ITRE) today gave energy efficiency a new lease of life in Europe, but dealt a blow to renewable energy development.

The Parliament wants binding 40% energy efficiency target for 2030
EuroACE welcomes the strong position of the Industry and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE) in favour of a binding 40% energy efficiency target for 2030, with the adoption of the Report on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

Euro-MPs back people-powered renewables
MEPs in committee voted Tuesday for new binding targets for energy efficiency and use of renewables, calling for recognition of the right of Europeans to produce and sell their own renewable electricity.

EU probes Spain's support for coal power plants
The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation Monday into whether Spain's environmental incentive for coal power plants - to meet EU mandatory environmental standards - is in line with EU State aid rules.

RES Associations: ITRE committee's endorsement of a 35% renewable energy target for 2030 can bring the EU back on track to global leadership
One year ago, the European Commission presented the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative package, but it's headline target of 27% renewable energy by 2030 fell short of its ambitions. With today's vote, adopting a target of at least 35% renewables, the European Parliament Committee for Industry, Research and Energy puts the EU within reach of meeting its objective of being world leader in renewables.

EU on track to meet renewables targets but progress slows
The EU and most of its Member States are on track to reach their 2020 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency, but increases in energy consumption are slowing down progress, says a report.

Phasing out coal, powering a sustainable future
WWF welcomes the creation of the ‘The Global Alliance to Power Past Coal’, launched in Bonn today, as an important step toward building a coal-free future. It is time for the European Union to follow suit.

German electricity exports are fueling domestic coal mining
Germany could cut the equivalent of Hungary’s annual emissions, just by stopping electricity exports. A new report released by the climate thinktank Sandbag shows Germany exported 49TWh of electricity in 2016 - and is on course for even more in 2017 - from the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel, lignite.

Commission proposal to amend the Gas Directive
To improve the functioning of the EU internal energy market and enhance solidarity between Member States, the Commission today proposed to amend the EU Gas Directive.

Small is beautiful: Don't burden small businesses and consumers, empower them to boost the energy transition!
The trade associations representing key players in Europe’s energy transition urge policy makers to take a step-wise approach towards the market integration of small-scale renewable and high efficiency cogeneration installations.

EU carbon market downgraded from flagship to backstop
EU lawmakers today struck a tentative deal on the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the period after 2020. For WWF this inadequate deal, which will pay heavy industry to continue polluting, makes Europe’s Paris Agreement climate commitments look meaningless. It puts huge pressure on EU lawmakers to ensure the the Clean Energy package delivers the missing climate action.

New EU gas rules could staunch Russian pipeline
Changes to the Gas Directive proposed Wednesday to ensure that all major gas pipelines entering EU territory comply with EU rules could prove an obstacle to the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 project.

New study: no room for gas in Europe's climate budget, science shows
Europe needs to urgently quit gas if it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to internationally agreed levels, new science shows.

Challenge to EU leaders: Time to move Europe Beyond Coal
Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable energy. As ‘Europe Beyond Coal’ launches, Brussels-based groups have set the EU five challenges to help Europe become coal-free by 2030.

MEPs ignore the science to allow subsidies to bad bioenergy
The European Parliament's Environment Committee voted Monday in favour of continued subsidies to burning trees and stumps for energy, in a defeat for science, the climate and forests - and the EU’s reputation on climate change.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Remaining flaws could be detrimental to construction SMEs
Today's ITRE Committee vote on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is a step in the right direction, but the European Builders Confederation (EBC) expresses concerns about the impact of some articles of the report.

MEPs unite behind more energy efficient buildings law
MEPs from across the political spectrum got behind an ambitious revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) this morning.

MEPs back law for more energy-efficient buildings
MEPs in committee gave their backing Wednesday to a revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aiming to ensure that all new buildings in the EU are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050.