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Oct 30, 2012

EU budget draft cuts energy share to 7 bln euros

BRUSSELS, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The EU’s first energy budget
has been cut to a maximum of 7 billion euros ($9 billion) as
part of a compromise proposal on the bloc’s long-term financing,
which governments will haggle over in the coming weeks.

Under its original budget proposal, the European Commission
set aside 9.1 billion euros for strategic cross-border energy
infrastructure. It was the first time the Commission had
ring-fenced money for the sector.

Oct 25, 2012

EU environment ministers clash over “hot air”

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – EU environment ministers clashed over a huge surplus of U.N. pollution permits, a technical spat with the potential to derail international efforts to tackle climate change.

Settling the issue is crucial to U.N. environment talks in Doha, beginning next month, which will seek to hammer out the detail of a second phase of climate action after the first Kyoto commitment period expires at the end of this year.

Oct 25, 2012

Woody energy burns hole in EU climate policy-report

LUXEMBOURG, Oct 25 (Reuters) – EU carbon-cutting efforts
will fall short of target because they rely on a false
assumption biomass used for heat and power is emissions-free, a
report said on Thursday.

The findings of the Institute for European Environment
Policy reinforce concerns already raised by climate campaigners
that EU environment policy is fundamentally flawed.

Oct 24, 2012

Italy, Spain need to pay up to meet Kyoto goals – EEA

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Indebted euro strugglers Italy and Spain are missing Kyoto targets and must pay up for international emissions credits or undermine the bloc’s climate leadership, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Wednesday.

As a whole, European nations are still well placed to meet EU goals and a first set of Kyoto targets (2008-12) as their emissions fell last year to the lowest level since 1990.

Oct 24, 2012

Green energy would save EU trillions by 2050 -report

BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A green revolution to make EU
energy almost totally carbon-free by 2050 would generate 3
trillion euros ($3.9 trillion) in fuel savings, a report
commissioned by environmental campaigners said.

The energy shift would already create around half a million
extra jobs by 2020, researchers from German aerospace centre
DLR, which also specialises in energy and transport, found.

Oct 23, 2012

EU needs to decide carbon reform ‘without delay’-draft

BRUSSELS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – A rapid rise in surplus EU
carbon credits is expected to slow from 2014 onwards, but to
tackle a short-term glut member states need to decide before the
end of the year on reforms, a European Commission draft document
said.

The draft report on the carbon market also called on the
member states to discuss and explore options for more lasting
changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) after allowance
prices hit a record low earlier this year.

Oct 17, 2012

EU biofuel rules are progress, not perfect-Commissioners

BRUSSELS, Oct 17 (Reuters) – New EU rules to limit how much
food can be made into biofuels are “not perfect” and make it
harder to achieve overall goals on switching to low carbon
energy, European Commissioners said on Wednesday.

But they insisted the proposals sent out the right signal to
the biofuel industry, which would have to move on to
new-generation fuels that do not compete with demand for food.

Oct 17, 2012

EU biofuels rules a step forward, not perfect, Commissioners say

BRUSSELS, Oct 17 (Reuters) – New EU rules to limit how much
food can be made into biofuels are “not perfect” and make it
harder to achieve overall goals on switching to low carbon
energy, European Commissioners said on Wednesday.

But they insisted the proposals sent out the right signal to
the biofuel industry, which would have to move on to
new-generation fuels that do not compete with demand for food.

Oct 16, 2012

EU parliament sticks to slow carbon reform timetable

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU politicians have ignored European Commission efforts to hasten plans to bolster the bloc’s carbon trading scheme (ETS), in which prices have plunged under a burden of surplus allowances generated by recession, EU sources said on Tuesday.

That means one European Parliament vote, as part of the proposals to prop up the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), will not take place until February, after the start of the next phase of the market, which runs from 2013-2020.

Oct 10, 2012

Political storms threaten Europe’s offshore wind goals

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Political wavering in
Britain, the world’s biggest offshore wind market, is casting
doubt on European ambitions to build a fleet of gigantic
turbines out at sea, desperately needed to meet legally binding
climate change targets.

The increasing scale of offshore wind means it is the one
green energy source able to make up for the phase-out of nuclear
generation – especially in the EU’s largest economy Germany -
and for the closure of ageing and polluting coal plants in other
countries such as Britain and France.