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Feb 9, 2015

Rich world helping bankroll export of coal technology-data

BRUSSELS, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Rich nations provided nearly $15
billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of
coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by
Reuters shows, defying calls to end subsidies for the most
polluting of the fossil fuels.

A document prepared late last year by the Paris-based
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),
marked confidential, comes the closest yet to providing official
figures on how much the group’s 34 developed countries provide
technology for coal industries outside their own economies.

Feb 9, 2015

EU to exert ‘maximum pressure’ in seeking emissions cuts

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will exert “maximum pressure” to extract by June at the latest pledges from major economies to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, a document seen by Reuters says.

Mindful of the failure of its 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, the United Nations is preparing ahead of time for a U.N. conference that from late November will try to forge a new global climate deal.

Feb 6, 2015

Latvia plans to split gas utility in drive to liberalise market

RIGA, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Latvia will aim to split utility
Latvijas Gaze next year, the economy minister said on
Friday, in line with EU liberalisation efforts and a drive to
reduce reliance on Russian natural gas imports.

Latvia faces an April 2017 EU deadline to liberalise its gas
market fully, at which time Latvijas Gaze’s sole right to sell
gas in Latvia expires.

Feb 6, 2015

EU energy chief says wants new Ukraine-Russia gas talks

RIGA, Feb 6 (Reuters) – EU energy boss Maros Sefcovic said
on Friday the European Union was looking to persuade Moscow to
open new gas price negotiations with Ukraine, a step that
Russia’s energy minister said he was ready to take only if
certain conditions were met.

A “winter package” between Kiev and Moscow brokered by the
European Commission runs until the end of March.

Feb 6, 2015

Europe looks to boost energy links, reduce Russian reliance

RIGA, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Creation of a single European energy
market is the focus as ministers meet on Friday in Latvia aiming
to improve cross-border cooperation and reduce reliance on
imported Russian supplies.

Latvia and Baltic neighbours Estonia and Lithuania
historically have been dependent on Russian natural gas and
lacked the connections to other European Union nations needed to
diversify.

Feb 4, 2015

Europe’s green transport set for protection from oil price fall

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Europe’s green transport
sector, still in its fledgling stages, is set to receive more
regulatory support as the slump in oil prices tempts drivers
back to gas guzzlers.

Renewable power, such as wind and solar, is an increasingly
established technology, competitive with conventional fuel and
no longer affected by movements in the oil market, analysts say.

Feb 3, 2015

EU policy-makers seek to make electric transport a ‘priority’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Electric vehicles should be “a high priority”, the European Commission says in a discussion paper that maps out its vision for a single energy union based on improved power and gas connections and the free flow of fuel across the European Union.

Some business interests, including major utilities, such as E.ON, as well as environmental groups, have been pushing for more focus on electric vehicles.

Jan 28, 2015

EU presses on with anti-pollution law after Commission U-turn

BRUSSELS, Jan 28 (Reuters) – European Union president Latvia
will push ahead with a law to clamp down on air pollution after
the European Commission’s plan to withdraw the proposals was
rejected by many lawmakers.

Air pollution from traffic and industry is responsible for
about 400,000 premature deaths per year in the European Union,
according to Commission data.

Jan 26, 2015

Poland criticizes bilateral trade deals with Moscow after French accord

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – Poland led EU criticism of bilateral farm deals with Moscow on Monday following a French accord with Russia to lift its ban on live pig and pork imports, saying they broke the “principle of European solidarity”.

Pressure is mounting on the European Union to consider tougher sanctions on Russia following an upsurge in fighting in Ukraine. European Union foreign ministers will meet in emergency session on Thursday.

Jan 26, 2015

South Sudan finds hope in honey

Jan 26 (Reuters) – A harvest of honey from the equatorial
forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and,
through the pollination of bees, improve the nation’s crop
yields, those involved say.

Spring production over the coming weeks is expected to
deliver 60 tonnes, double the volume of an initial batch of
exports last year to Kenya.