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Nov 26, 2013

UN talks’ faltering pace makes it harder for EU to keep climate lead

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – A weak deal at U.N.
climate talks in Warsaw underlines how hard it will be for EU
leaders to forge an agreement on 2030 environment and energy
goals early next year as some governments and businesses seek to
place economics first.

EU envoys, who have long sought to lead the climate debate,
hoped to persuade all countries to propose emission commitments
in 2014 in the run-up to signing a global pact to tackle climate
change in Paris in December 2015.

Nov 19, 2013

Ukraine set for deal with Slovaks to cut reliance on Russian gas

BRUSSELS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Pipeline operators in Ukraine
and Slovakia are on the verge of signing a deal that will allow
the European Union to ship gas through Slovakia to Ukraine,
reducing Kiev’s dependence on Russia, the European Commission
and Ukraine said on Tuesday.

The pipeline flow agreement could also help to bring about a
historic partnership agreement between the EU and Ukraine, which
both Russia and the EU are vying to tie into their respective
spheres of influence.

Nov 14, 2013

Europe cannot afford to give up climate leadership-report

BRUSSELS, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Europe’s abdication from
climate leadership would stunt growth in the region and hand a
huge economic advantage to China and the United States as they
carve out their share of a multi-billion low-carbon market, a
German thinktank said on Thursday.

The report’s release coincides with U.N. climate talks
running until the end of next week.

Nov 8, 2013

EU states reach breakthrough at carbon supply cut talks

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – European Union diplomats
on Friday agreed to begin talks on a legal text to slash permit
supply and prop up carbon prices in the bloc’s Emissions Trading
Scheme (ETS), marking a big step forward for the divisive
proposal.

Lithuania, current holder of the EU presidency, said member
states would start three-way negotiations with the European
Parliament and European Commission over the “backloading” plan.

Nov 8, 2013

EU more cautious as nations approach 2030 climate targets

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Once a clear environmental leader, the European Union is likely to set a more cautious tone for the global debate on a U.N. climate deal when it unveils a new chunk of green energy law early next year.

Warsaw talks starting on Monday assemble almost 200 nations to prepare for a U.N. global pact, to be sealed in 2015, by extracting new promises on emissions cuts.

Nov 8, 2013

EU to start negotiating law on removing CO2 permits

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – EU diplomats on Friday agreed to begin talks on a legal text to slash permit supply and prop up carbon prices in the bloc’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), marking a big step forward for the divisive proposal.

EU president Lithuania said member state officials would start negotiations with the European Parliament and the executive European Commission over the “backloading” plan, which seeks to delay the sale of 900 million carbon permits until later this decade.

Nov 6, 2013

Hitting EU green energy goals ‘would save billions, boost GDP’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Hitting energy and environment targets for 2030 under discussion in the European Commission would save up to 35 billion euros ($47 billion) per year in health costs as air pollution declines, EU sources said.

It would also add an estimated 0.5 percent to gross domestic product, due mainly to lower oil and gas imports, they said.

Nov 5, 2013

EU Commission seeks to crack down on costly energy subsidies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU energy prices will rise unless European governments stick to strict guidelines on when subsidies are justified, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

Following intense political debate and a storm of protest over energy prices, the Commission, the EU executive, is revising rules to guide the European Union’s 28 member states.

Nov 5, 2013

Power costs shrink as share of Europe’s rising energy bills

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Europeans are paying the
steepest energy bills in four years and face ever higher
payments as governments pile on extra charges to help finance a
1 trillion euro ($1.4 trillion) modernisation of Europe’s energy
infrastructure.

Politicians from Britain to Germany, Italy to Romania, under
pressure from electorates squeezed by economic downturn, are
promising to cap energy prices or at least draw their sting.

Oct 29, 2013

EU presidency proposes new weakening of EU car rules

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Lithuania, holder of the EU presidency, has made a new proposal to weaken rules on how much carbon new cars can emit from 2020, in line with demands from Germany and its luxury manufacturers, EU diplomats said.

The proposal is stoking anger in Brussels, where Germany’s negotiating tactics are regarded as heavy-handed.