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Jun 22, 2011

Less is more, as EU plans diet for gas and power

BRUSSELS, June 22 (Reuters) – Most companies strive for
growth by increasing their sales, but European gas and
electricity companies will be obliged to cut energy sales by 1.5
percent each year under a radical plan by Europe’s energy chief.

“The cheapest energy is the one we do not consume,” Guenther
Oettinger’s team said in a statement on Wednesday on plans to
revolutionise the way energy is sold in the European Union.

Jun 21, 2011

Poland blocks EU move for deeper CO2 cuts

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Poland blocked an attempt by European Union environment ministers on Tuesday to strengthen EU action to combat climate change, prompting a swift rebuke from Britain’s energy minister.

“I’m deeply disappointed that the only country in the EU that could not accept a good compromise on how we can move Europe to a low carbon economy was Poland,” Chris Huhne said in a statement.

Jun 15, 2011

EU could make deeper CO2 cuts: climate chief

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union can deepen planned cuts to greenhouse gases beyond its 20 percent goal, but the task is complex and has not been helped by controversy over nuclear power, the EU’s climate chief said on Wednesday.

Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard is planning to reveal new research in July on the costs and benefits of deepening carbon emissions cuts to 30 percent by the end of this decade, from the current target of 20 percent.

Jun 15, 2011

EU climate chief confronts riddle of deeper CO2 cut

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union can still deepen planned cuts to greenhouse gases beyond 20 percent, but the task is complex and has not been helped by controversy over nuclear power, the EU’s climate chief said on Wednesday.

Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard is planning to reveal new research in July on the costs and benefits of deepening carbon emissions cuts to 30 percent by the end of this decade, from the current target of 20 percent.

Jun 14, 2011

Energy firms fear “tremendous decline” in CO2 price

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Europe Union’s carbon market could be flooded with excess pollution permits over the next decade, deflating prices and undermining investment in green energy, five EU energy companies warned on Tuesday.

The utilities, including Britain’s Scottish and Southern Energy and Denmark’s Dong, said falling carbon prices could: “severely hamper business incentives to invest in low-carbon technologies.”

Jun 14, 2011

Energy firms fear “tremendous decline” in CO2 price

BRUSSELS, June 14 (Reuters) – The Europe Union’s carbon
market could be flooded with excess pollution permits over the
next decade, deflating prices and undermining investment in
green energy, five EU energy companies warned on Tuesday.

The utilities, including Britain’s Scottish and Southern
Energy (SSE.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and Denmark’s Dong [DONG.UL], said falling carbon
prices could: “severely hamper business incentives to invest in
low-carbon technologies”.

Jun 8, 2011

EU’s Barroso stands firm in airline emissions row

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is not considering changing its law obliging airlines flying to Europe to buy carbon emissions permits, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday.

“The inclusion of aviation in the ETS is not a proposal, it is now European law. It was approved unanimously by the member states of the European Union, and it was adopted … with a very strong backing by the European Parliament. So we are not thinking at all about the possibility of changing our legislation,” Barroso told a news conference.

Jun 7, 2011

EU parliament tells hauliers: polluters should pay

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Cash-strapped European governments can press ahead with charging trucks for the damage they do to infrastructure, air quality and human health, the European Parliament agreed on Tuesday.

Lawmakers agreed EU rules for charging hauliers for fumes and noise under controversial “Eurovignette” laws, but they did not try to make tariffs mandatory on all the EU’s 30,000 km (18,600 miles) of motorways.

Jun 6, 2011

EU insists on right to curb airline CO2 emissions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has a right to impose legislation to cut emissions from aviation and showing weakness would encourage further challenges to EU policies, the EU’s climate chief told airlines on Monday.

Global airlines have attacked the European Union at their annual meeting over its plan to force them into the region’s carbon market.

Jun 5, 2011

Airlines, EU in escalating trade row over emissions

SINGAPORE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Global airlines attacked the European Union on Sunday over its plan to force them into the bloc’s emissions trading scheme, as the EU vowed to stand firm against threats of retaliation.

Aviation chiefs spoke out against the EU move in Singapore at the start of a meeting in a glitzy casino resort, with some warning of the danger of a trade war and airlines from poorer nations saying they would pay a high price.

    • About Pete

      "Pete Harrison is a Reuters correspondent in Brussels covering the European Union politics of energy, environment and climate change. He is also part of the Reuters team covering international talks to find a successor to the Kyoto Protocol."
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      Oct 2000
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