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Jun 16, 2015

EU set to meet green energy goal but UK, Netherlands trail

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is collectively on track to achieve its goal of sourcing a fifth of its energy from renewables by 2020, although Britain, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are lagging behind other states, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

However it acknowledged that the transport sector – which accounts for around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions – remained a problem area and was struggling to curb the use of fossil fuels.

Jun 15, 2015

China to join EU in pledge to get Paris climate deal

BRUSSELS, June 15 (Reuters) – China, the world’s biggest
polluter, will sign a joint pledge with the European Union this
month to seek a U.N. agreement to tackle climate change as one
of “the greatest threats facing humanity,” according to a draft
statement seen by Reuters.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will endorse the statement at a
June 29 summit in Brussels with EU leaders, who are seeking to
ratchet up the pressure for a deal at the Paris climate
conference late this year, EU officials said.

Jun 15, 2015

EU law adds 47 euro cents a barrel to refining costs -EU research

BRUSSELS, June 15 (Reuters) – EU green energy law added 47
euro cents a barrel to costs for Europe’s refineries, according
to European Commission research made public on Monday.

Preliminary findings late last year had put the regulatory
cost at 40 euro cents.

Jun 12, 2015

Rich nations in stalemate over coal subsidy phase-out

BRUSSELS, June 12 (Reuters) – Talks on phasing out a form of
coal subsidies have ended in stalemate as Japan, the biggest
user of the aid, led calls for more time in defiance of this
week’s G7 pledge on fossil fuel subsidies, sources said.

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development has been trying for a year to get an agreement from
its 34 member nations on phasing out export credits for coal,
the most polluting of the fossil fuels.

Jun 10, 2015

Belgium’s ‘mining Monaco’ looks fondly on anarchic past after Waterloo

KELMIS, Belgium (Reuters) – As the field of Waterloo is dressed in battle colors to mark next week’s 200th anniversary, another corner of Belgium is preparing for a less warlike bicentenary.

In one of the more arcane consequences of the new European borders that followed Napoleon’s defeat outside Brussels, a tiny statelet was born. For a century after Waterloo, the square mile that diplomats named Neutral Moresnet, on the present-day Belgian-German border, thrived in a state of virtual anarchy.

Jun 9, 2015

Gazprom has until mid-Sept to reply to EU antitrust charges

BRUSSELS, June 9 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom has
been given a two-month extended deadline of mid-September to
respond to European Union antitrust charges of over-charging in
eastern and central Europe and blocking competitors from
entering the market.

The European Commission gave Gazprom 12 weeks to reply when
it unveiled the charges on April 22, but companies typically ask
for more time to marshal their legal and economic arguments when
faced with complex issues.

Jun 8, 2015

EU members agree accords to edge energy integration nearer

LUXEMBOURG, June 8 (Reuters) – European energy ministers on
Monday signed three accords on closer power and gas ties but
differences remained over implementing a single energy market
and 2030 green fuel goals.

The European Commission, the European Union executive, has
used the political crisis with the bloc’s biggest energy
supplier, Russia, to focus on creating an energy union through
rationalised connections across its 28-members to share fuel and
curb the need for imports.

Jun 8, 2015

Disunity simmers as EU nations pursue single energy market

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union energy chiefs on Monday sought to galvanize efforts to create a single European energy market with a set of accords on closer power and gas ties while disunity simmers over the finer detail of implementing goals for a new decade of greener fuel.

The European Commission, the EU executive, has used the political crisis with the bloc’s biggest energy supplier, Russia, to focus on completing an energy union based on rationalized connections across the 28-member bloc to share fuel and curb the need for imports.

Jun 4, 2015

Exclusive: EU set to offer polluters 10 years of free carbon credits – document

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union may have to offer its heaviest polluting industries another ten years of free carbon credits to prevent them from leaving the region to do business elsewhere, EU regulators have suggested in a report seen by Reuters.

Ten years ago the EU launched a plan to tackle climate change by asking heavy industry and utilities to pay for every ton of carbon dioxide they produced. After fierce lobbying, it conceded that the heaviest polluters could have free permits.

Jun 4, 2015

EU set to offer polluters another 10 years of free carbon credits – document

BRUSSELS/LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – The European Union may
have to offer its heaviest polluting industries another ten
years of free carbon credits to prevent them from leaving the
region to do business elsewhere, EU regulators have suggested in
a report seen by Reuters.

Ten years ago the EU launched a plan to tackle climate
change by asking heavy industry and utilities to pay for every
tonne of carbon dioxide they produced. After fierce lobbying, it
conceded that the heaviest polluters could have free permits.