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Oct 28, 2013

EU environment ministers call for action on climate

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Thirteen European
environment ministers urged the European Union on Monday to
adopt ambitious energy and climate goals for 2030 or risk
falling behind the rest of the world.

In a 40-page document released in Brussels, they also called
on the 28-nation bloc to reform the EU’s Emissions Trading
System (ETS) and said environmental action need not clash with
efforts to limit energy prices.

Oct 24, 2013

Britain calls for EU to set tougher climate goal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 to avoid the worst effects of climate change, according to a British government paper, likely to fuel debate on whether deeper cuts are affordable.

Energy costs have shot up the political agenda across Europe, where power prices are around double those in the United States.

Oct 21, 2013

State support to keep lights on should be last resort – EU draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Public money must only be used as a last resort to help struggling utility companies maintain stand-by power capacity, according to draft guidelines from the European Commission seen by Reuters.

Energy subsidies have shot up the political agenda in Europe, with Britain planning to use public finance to support new nuclear power and utilities complaining about the distorting impact of heavy subsidies for renewable energy.

Oct 17, 2013

EU lawmakers freeze plan to cap food for fuel

BRUSSELS, Oct 17 (Reuters) – EU lawmakers deferred on
Wednesday plans to curb the use of fuels made from food crops,
providing a reprieve for some in the bio-energy industry, but
raising the risk of higher grain prices in the future.

The decision brakes for now a policy U-turn from the
European Commission, the EU executive, which had said certain
kinds of biofuels had to be limited after earlier encouraging
them.

Oct 16, 2013

European Commission proposes airline carbon charge for EU airspace

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union on Wednesday revived a proposal to charge foreign airlines for emissions over European airspace, drawing the ire of airline groups who say it goes against spirit of a recent global aviation deal and could reignite trade tensions.

The proposal from the European Commission to cover the 2014-2020 period represents a retreat from an existing, though frozen, EU law that would require all planes using EU airports to pay for emissions for the full duration of their flights through an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Oct 16, 2013

European airspace carbon-fee plan set for bumpy ride

BRUSSELS, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The Europe Union should exert
its right to impose carbon charges on aviation within its own
airspace, the European Commission said on Wednesday, a step
likely to rile emerging powers China and India and revive trade
tensions.

A major retreat from previous legislation, the proposal from
the Commission, the EU executive, might fail to satisfy critics
both inside and beyond the European Union.

Oct 14, 2013

Germany wins backing of EU ministers to block car emissions law

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union environment ministers on Monday agreed to German demands to scrap an agreement to cap EU car emissions that Berlin argued would cost jobs and damage its premium auto makers.

After months of forceful lobbying from Germany, the ministers from the 28 EU member states agreed to reopen a deal sealed in June, but said they would work to secure it in weeks, not months.

Oct 14, 2013

EU unveils funding list for gas, power projects

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The European Commission
unveiled on Monday a list of 250 power and gas projects eligible
to share 5.85 billion euros ($7.93 billion) of funding as part
of plans to curb reliance on Russian gas and create a single
energy market.

The funds will be shared among trans-European energy
infrastructure projects from 2014 to 2020 with the aim of
helping EU countries integrate their energy markets and
diversify sources of supply, the bloc’s executive arm said.

Oct 14, 2013

Germany shows no sign of bending on EU car emissions law

LUXEMBOURG, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Germany showed no sign of
backing down in its campaign to block European rules on capping
car emissions which it argues would cost jobs and damage its
premium auto makers, as EU environment ministers met to debate
the topic on Monday.

The European Union reached a deal in June to limit emissions
from all new cars to 95 grams per kilometre from 2020. But
Germany has refused to accept it and has attempted to win the
support of other member states to delay the measure.

Oct 11, 2013

European utilities urge policy reform to avert black-outs

BRUSSELS, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Bosses from 10 utilities
representing half of Europe’s power-generating capacity urged
the European Union on Friday to adopt reforms to prevent
black-outs and help the indebted sector adapt to future demand.

The CEOs, who call themselves the Magritte Group after an
initial meeting in an art gallery, said EU energy and
environment policy was failing in its objectives and had raised
the risk of the lights going out.