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Mar 28, 2011

Transport to remain big polluter under new EU plan

BRUSSELS, March 28 (Reuters) – Europe’s transport chief
called for a shift away from fossil fuels on Monday to cut
greenhouse gas emissions and protect the economy from oil price
spikes, but critics said his strategy lacked meaningful action.

EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said in a strategy
paper that greenhouse gas emissions from transport should be cut
to about a fifth below current levels by 2030, and to 60 percent
below 1990 levels by 2050.

Mar 25, 2011

EU to subject nuclear reactors to “stress tests”

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European leaders agreed on Friday to set the “highest standards” of nuclear safety, in part by subjecting reactors to “stress tests,” to guard against crises like that at Japan’s stricken Fukushima plant.

France, Germany and Spain raised the possibility of closing any of Europe’s 143 reactors that fail stress tests to be held this year. Leaders at a summit in Brussels also called for Europe’s neighbors to follow suit.

Mar 25, 2011

EU to enforce “highest standards” of nuclear safety

BRUSSELS, March 25 (Reuters) – European leaders agreed on
Friday to set the “highest standards” of safety for the nuclear
industry to guard against events like those unfolding at Japan’s
stricken Fukushima plant.

They also called for Europe’s neighbours to follow suit.

“We need to ensure that the highest nuclear safety standards
are respected,” European Commission President Jose Manuel
Barroso said after a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels.

Mar 24, 2011

Nuclear group wants calm as EU considers tighter rules

BRUSSELS, March 24 (Reuters) – Europe’s nuclear industry
called for calm on Thursday as EU leaders gathered in Brussels
to try to agree safety rules for their nuclear power plants, but
Austria’s anti-nuclear leader warned of a tough fight ahead.

European governments have reacted swiftly to Japan’s nuclear
crisis in the wake of its March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Mar 24, 2011

Nuclear group wants calm as EU mulls tighter rules

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s nuclear industry called for calm on Thursday as EU leaders gathered in Brussels to try to agree safety rules for their nuclear power plants.

European governments have reacted swiftly to Japan’s nuclear crisis in the wake of its March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Mar 23, 2011

EU plans nuclear clampdown, France may profit

BRUSSELS, March 23 (Reuters) – European leaders look set to
adopt tough measures on nuclear safety this week, a draft paper
seen by Reuters showed, a move that could benefit France as it
seeks to create a selling point for its advanced EPR reactors.

European governments have swiftly reviewed their nuclear
policy in the wake of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami,
which crippled the Fukushima power plant 150 miles north of
Tokyo and sent radiation into the environment. [ID:nL3E7EM3EM]

Mar 21, 2011

Gazprom ready to up Europe exports to help Japan

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, March 21 (Reuters) – Russian gas export
monopoly Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it was ready to boost
supplies to Europe under a proposal by Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin that involves rerouting liquefied gas from Europe to
Japan.

Last weekend Putin proposed raising Russian gas exports to
Europe by 60 million cubic metres per day to allow higher flows
of liquefied natural gas to Japan, which is battling a nuclear
power crisis after a March 11 earthquake. [ID:nLDE72I0LK]

Mar 21, 2011

EU pushes for nuclear safety, but rules lack teeth

BRUSSELS, March 21 (Reuters) – Europe’s 143 nuclear reactors
should face new safety standards, EU ministers agreed on Monday,
but for now any stress tests will remain voluntary and will not
be backed up by penalties.
A renewed push to phase out nuclear energy from Europe has
been led by Germany and Austria.

Even France, which gets 80 percent of its power from nuclear
plants, called for pan-European standards at an emergency
meeting of European Union ministers to discuss safety issues in
the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis.

Mar 16, 2011

EU energy chief alarms markets with Japan warning

BRUSSELS, March 16 (Reuters) – Europe’s energy chief warned
of a further catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
site on Wednesday, prompting a global market sell-off, but his
spokeswoman said he had no special information on the stricken
plant.

Addressing a committee of the European Parliament, Guenther
Oettinger said the situation at the earthquake-damaged plant
was now “effectively out of control” and urged people to leave
the country.

Mar 15, 2011

EU mulls nuclear-free future, extra tests on reactors

BRUSSELS/BERLIN, March 15 (Reuters) – Europe’s energy chief
on Tuesday raised the prospect of a nuclear-free future and said
the 27-nation bloc is considering “stress testing” its nuclear
power stations to check they can cope with crises.

The developments mark a dramatic turnaround for a continent
that had been considering a nuclear revival until this week,
when Japan’s nuclear disaster highlighted how quickly events can
run out of control, and not only after an earthquake.
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    • 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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