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Apr 12, 2012

EU solar industry needs detox, not duties

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Duties to fend off competition from cheaper Chinese solar panels risk feeding the European sector’s addiction to artificial subsidies, destroying more jobs than they save and stoking tension with one of the EU’s biggest trading partners.

Policy decisions by EU governments, among them Germany’s deep cuts in solar power incentives, show politicians have little appetite in the current climate to support an industry if it cannot stand alone.

Apr 11, 2012

Analysis – EU solar industry needs detox, not duties

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Duties to fend off competition from cheaper Chinese solar panels risk feeding the European sector’s addiction to artificial subsidies, destroying more jobs than they save and stoking tension with one of the EU’s biggest trading partners.

Policy decisions by EU governments, among them Germany’s deep cuts in solar power incentives, show politicians have little appetite in the current climate to support an industry if it cannot stand alone.

Apr 4, 2012

EU talks to prop up carbon tangled in saving debate

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The European Commission is likely to take many weeks to deliver a strategy for propping up the sickly carbon market, even though all three of the EU’s decision-making bodies are set to discuss the issue in high-level talks in Brussels beginning next week.

Meanwhile, EU emissions permits hit a new low below 6 euros ($7.87) on Wednesday, and traders are impatient for a price signal from EU policymakers.

Mar 23, 2012

Europe’s fight to stay ahead in clean vehicle race

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union risks losing its climate leadership in the auto sector to aggressive U.S. and Asian manufacturers unless it sets ambitious targets for cutting vehicle emissions in 2020 and beyond, governments and environmentalists have warned.

Europe’s carmakers are struggling with declining domestic sales and overcapacity in parts of the sector, leading some in the industry to argue that tough carbon goals will heap more pressure on tight profit margins.

Mar 23, 2012

EU carbon charge under fire as climate chief heads to US

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union climate chief heads to the United States next week to defend the bloc’s carbon charge on flights to the EU, while governments, airlines and planemakers warn it could lead to chaos in the skies and a trade war.

The law, which officially took effect on January 1, has a long lead time, so none of the airlines faces a bill until next year after their emissions have been calculated.

Mar 20, 2012

Yingli says solar trade war would be bad for planet

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) – Any trade war with China over
cheap solar panels could destroy jobs in Europe and limit the
industry’s ability to compete with rival, less environmental
forms of energy, a European executive of China’s Yingli Green
Energy Co Ltd (YGE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said.

Darren Thompson, managing director of Yingli Energy Europe,
said the real competition for solar was from other energy
sources and Chinese companies had a major role in helping the
sector compete.

Mar 15, 2012

Q+A-Why is EU energy saving easier said than done?

BRUSSELS, March 15 (Reuters) – A draft European Union
law on energy saving is one of the most complex pieces of
legislation fighting its way to approval in Brussels.

Denmark, current holder of the rotating EU presidency, has
made getting a deal on the law during its six-month tenure a
priority and has also admitted it is a major challenge.

Mar 13, 2012

Big business helps with post-2020 EU carbon goals

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Big business will prove an unexpected ally of the European Commission in pushing for firm policy to cut carbon after existing 2020 targets expire, as companies draw up their own plans for a future of greener power.

Many business leaders, independent of official European Union policy, take the view that locking into fossil fuels creates the danger of stranded assets when a low-carbon grid looks more and more likely.

Mar 12, 2012

Aviation chiefs ask EU leaders to halt carbon row

PARIS/BRUSSELS, March 12 (Reuters) – European aviation
bosses have urged political leaders to stop an escalating global
row over an EU carbon levy, warning it is seriously threatening
their industry.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders said that China — at the
forefront of opposition to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)
- had suspended orders for aircraft worth $12 billion, putting
at least 2,000 positions at risk.

Mar 12, 2012

EU targets farm, forest land in extending CO2 curbs

BRUSSELS, March 12 (Reuters) – EU governments will
have to record changes to forestry and farmland that alter the
carbon balance under draft law published on Monday, as the
European Commission presses ahead with new rules against
greenhouse emissions.

The proposals go beyond agreements reached at U.N. climate
change talks in Durban last year, by requiring EU nations to
monitor cropland and grazing land in addition to forests.