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New EU energy and climate commissioner 'must drop oil shares'

EU proposed climate and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete photo by WTO on Flickr

Miguel Arias Cañete told by lawmakers that he must give up his shares in two oil companies if his nomination is to be approved

12 Sep 2014

European Commission announces major shake-up of Energy and Climate portfolios


Alenka Bratušek becomes new Vice President for Energy Union, as Miguel Arias Cañete takes Climate Action and Energy brief

10 Sep 2014

New coal power stations threat to EU’s emissions target

Piles of coal

Burning Europe’s lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace

27 Aug 2014

Is the EU sucking the power out of our vacuum cleaner market?

New Ecodesign efficiency rules have faced opposition from UKIP and Dyson, but what impact will they really have on the industry?

26 Aug 2014

European Commission accused of burying green regulations

EurActiv reports that proposed legislation to tackle pesticides and illegal logging have been blocked by the outgoing leadership of the European Commission

06 Aug 2014

Online retailers accused of failing to explain energy performance of products

Major new survey reveals how internet shoppers could be missing key energy efficiency information when buying white goods

24 Jul 2014

EU green lights key mechanisms in UK clean energy market overhaul

Contracts for Difference and Capacity Market mechanism secure state aid approval, as critics warn reforms throw a lifeline to dirty coal power

23 Jul 2014

Juncker eyes 30 per cent minimum energy savings target

New European Commission President highlights need for ambitious and binding energy efficiency target

16 Jul 2014

Will the UK ever meet its NO2 pollution limits?

Defra predicts many cities will not comply with EU limits for at least another decade

11 Jul 2014

EU and industry team up for multi-billion Euro clean tech push

Major new funding drive announced for clean tech industries with cash earmarked for biofuels, fuel cells and greener materials research

10 Jul 2014

Breaking: White Rose CCS project secures crucial EU funding

NER300 funding announcement confirms up to €300m of support for flagship UK carbon capture project, alongside fresh support for renewables developments

08 Jul 2014

White Rose CCS project poised for EU funding boost

Flagship carbon capture and storage project is likely to secure significant backing from EU this week

07 Jul 2014

EU outlines plans for green jobs boost

Commission backs up proposals for new recycling targets with a new initiative to highlight green job opportunities across the continent

03 Jul 2014

UK councils could be required to recycle 70 per cent of waste by 2030

Proposals from European Commission would require a significant increase in the proportion of UK waste diverted from landfill

02 Jul 2014

European Commission launches latest funding push for climate action projects

LIFE Climate Action programme offers €44m to support wide range of climate change initiatives

19 Jun 2014

Clean tech firms invited to take advantage of new certification scheme

UK to introduce new European Commission scheme in a bid to make it easier for clean tech firms to prove their cutting-edge products work as advertised

18 Jun 2014

Corporate leaders demand EU climate ambition to help tackle energy security

Europe is at a 'crossroads' and must choose low-carbon system or risk becoming increasingly uncompetitive, business leaders warn

13 Jun 2014

EU hopes to set out CO2 pledge in time for Ban Ki-moon climate summit

Climate commissioner maintains 2030 framework talks are on track as reports suggest Australian leader is to snub September summit

13 Jun 2014

EU approves Czech renewable incentives scheme

Czech Republic renewables sector receives a major boost as European Commission grants state aid approval to new feed-in tariff scheme

12 Jun 2014

EY: Decarbonisation promises to slash European energy import dependence

Major new report warns business-as-usual strategy is loaded with energy security risks and infrastructure costs

10 Jun 2014

Janez Potočnik: We need a new revolution

Janez Potočnik speech to this week's New Environmentalism Summit - in full

04 Jun 2014

Energy security plan keeps EU hooked on fossil fuel imports, warn green groups

Campaigners says package designed to reduce dependence on foreign oil and gas gives insufficient weight to indigenous clean energy sources

29 May 2014

EU mulls 2030 binding energy saving target

Sources reveal Commission is considering energy efficiency target as officials prepare new energy security strategy

28 May 2014

Will the rise of anti-EU parties derail Europe’s environmental ambitions?

Brussels insiders remain optimistic the EU can still pass ambitious 2030 carbon targets, despite a rising tide of scepticism

27 May 2014

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