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Feb 15, 2011

Europe formalizes fuel-efficiency target for vans

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe formalized new fuel-efficiency targets for vans on Tuesday, which aim to cut fuel bills for small businesses and curb emissions of gases blamed for climate change.

The European Parliament voted to cut carbon dioxide emissions from vans by about 14 percent to an average of 175 grams per kilometer by 2017, signing off a deal that had already been weakened after auto-industry lobbying.

Feb 11, 2011

EU changes course for 25 percent CO2 cut, no new target

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is overhauling its energy strategy in a way that should put it on track for a 25 percent cut in greenhouse gases by the end of this decade, smashing its own 20 percent target, EU sources say.

But it will stop short of setting a new headline target for now — avoiding a clash between government and industry — and instead opt for rigorous energy-saving measures and low-cost tweaks to the carbon market, one of the sources said.

Feb 11, 2011

EU changes course for 25% CO2 cut, no new target

BRUSSELS, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The European Union is
overhauling its energy strategy in a way that should put it on
track for a 25 percent cut in greenhouse gases by the end of
this decade, smashing its own 20 percent target, EU sources say.

But it will stop short of setting a new headline target for
now — avoiding a clash between government and industry — and
instead opt for rigorous energy-saving measures and low-cost
tweaks to the carbon market, one of the sources said.

Feb 11, 2011

EU changes course for 25% CO2 cut, no new target

BRUSSELS, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The European Union is
overhauling its energy strategy in a way that should put it on
track for a 25 percent cut in greenhouse gases by the end of
this decade, smashing its own 20 percent target, EU sources say.

But it will stop short of setting a new headline target for
now — avoiding a clash between government and industry — and
instead opt for rigorous energy-saving measures and low-cost
tweaks to the carbon market, one of the sources said.

Feb 9, 2011

EU fails on energy savings, mandatory goals loom

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe is struggling to meet its own energy saving targets, as an aversion to upfront investment holds back a strategy that could create jobs, cut climate-warming emissions and save billions of euros.

Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger will give European Union governments two years to get the strategy back on track before proposing legally binding targets, according to a draft EU document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Feb 4, 2011

EU leaders take steps to curb fossil fuel habit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed on Friday to merge and strengthen energy networks in a move that gives fresh impetus to the renewable energy industry and will help curb Europe’s growing reliance on fossil fuels.

Europe sends 2.5 percent of its GDP overseas each year for energy imports but should rein that in, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told leaders at the EU’s first energy summit.

Feb 4, 2011

EU leaders seek to curb fossil fuel habit

BRUSSELS, Feb 4 (Reuters) – European Union leaders look set
to agree to merge and strengthen energy networks, a move that
gives fresh impetus to the renewable energy industry and will
help curb Europe’s growing reliance on fossil fuels.

Europe could do better than the current trend of exporting
2.5 percent of its annual GDP for energy imports, European
Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told leaders at the
start of a summit.

Feb 2, 2011

Funding gap overshadows EU’s first energy summit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will fall behind in the green technology race unless it matches rhetoric with action to plug a 100 billion euros ($138 billion) funding gap for infrastructure, EU leaders will be told this week.

Modernizing Europe’s power grids to absorb and distribute vast amounts of wind and solar power will cost about 200 billion euros over the next decade, but industry is only expected to construct half of that without government help.

Feb 2, 2011

CO2 registries to reopen Friday or Monday: sources

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The European Commission will announce the reopening of some of the bloc’s national registries a day in advance on either Thursday evening or Friday, EU sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

A Thursday announcement would mean the registries would reopen on Friday. An announcement on Friday would signal that they would resume operations on Monday, the sources added.

Jan 31, 2011

EU exec wants green energy subsidies aligned, raised

BRUSSELS, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The European Union’s energy chief called on
member states to align their subsidies for green energy and ensure overall
investment is doubled to 70 billion euros ($95 billion) a year to meet climate
and energy security goals.
Leaders meet on Friday aiming to reconcile an EU target of getting 20
percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020 with a debt crisis that
has pushed some countries to the financial brink.

Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told reporters: “We have to consider
the financing gap in the energy sector. In 2009, there was 35 billion euros
invested in renewable energy. This will have to be doubled in a few years to 70
billion if we are to provide the low-carbon energy we need.”

    • 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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