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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.

Oct 5, 2012

Commission seeks to speed up EU carbon market remedy

BRUSSELS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Talks are under way to hasten a
deal to prop up the European Union’s ailing carbon trading
scheme, a senior European Commission official said on Friday.

Traders of allowances on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
(ETS) have been waiting for months for details and decisions on
Commission plans to hold back some of the massive surplus of
carbon allowances that has depressed the market.

Oct 5, 2012

48 hours on the Belgian coast

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) – Belgium’s 72-km (44-mile) stretch of coast is distinguished by the world’s longest unbroken tramway to take beach-lovers from the Dutch border to the edge of France or vice-versa.

Mostly, it’s a very urban experience. High-rise development dominates and the challenge is to winkle out the remnants of graceful art-deco and unspoiled nature.

Oct 5, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 hours on the Belgian coast

OSTEND, Belgium, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Belgium’s 72-km (44-mile)
stretch of coast is distinguished by the world’s longest
unbroken tramway to take beach-lovers from the Dutch border to
the edge of France or vice-versa.

Mostly, it’s a very urban experience. High-rise development
dominates and the challenge is to winkle out the remnants of
graceful art-deco and unspoiled nature.

Oct 4, 2012

Tougher EU emissions limits on vans would save firms cash-report

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The EU proposes less stringent
carbon dioxide emissions limits for vans than for cars and
making the van goals as tough would save fuel costs for
companies that own them, Dutch consultancy TNO said, adding to
criticism the bloc’s policy is too timid.

The European Commission in July announced proposals for
binding 2020 carbon dioxide limits for cars and vans, which will
be debated by member states over coming months. It is also
expected to issue a policy document around the end of this year
to prepare for limits beyond 2020.

Oct 4, 2012

Nuclear operators must act now on safety-EU

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Regulators and operators should
act now to improve safety at nuclear power plants, the EU energy
commissioner said on Thursday, following inspections across the
European Union.

The stress tests, carried out in the aftermath of the
Fukushima disaster, found safety improvements costing between 10
billion ($12.90 billion) and 25 billion euros were necessary in
European plants, a draft seen by Reuters showed this week.

Oct 4, 2012

Exclusive: EU poised to agree ban on Iranian gas imports

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is poised to ban imports of Iranian gas as part of a set of new measures to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme, diplomats said on Thursday.

Diplomats from EU member states have started preparing a package of sanctions against Iran with a goal of formally adopting them at a meeting of foreign ministers on October 15 in Luxembourg.

Oct 4, 2012

EU: nuclear operators should act now on safety

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Nuclear regulators and operators should act now to improve safety at nuclear power plants, the EU energy commissioner said on Thursday, following a series of inspections across the European Union.

The nuclear stress tests, carried out in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, found safety improvements costing anywhere between 10 billion $12.90 billion) and 25 billion euros were necessary in European plants, according to a draft seen by Reuters earlier this week.