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A strong climate package is essential to revive flagging EU energy investment

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Stephanie Pfeifer of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change explains why investors crave the policy certainty a bold EU energy and climate change package would deliver

24 Oct 2014

Ten things you need to know about the EU 2030 climate and energy package

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As David Cameron joins the negotiations for a 2030 carbon reduction target, BusinessGreen assesses the key questions raised by the EU's new energy and climate change strategy

23 Oct 2014

Piketty: 'This is an unprecedented opportunity to drive investment in low-carbon growth'

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‘Rockstar economist’ joins colleagues to urge European leaders to agree ambitious climate package and provide 'springboard' to cleaner world

22 Oct 2014

EU climate talks enter end game with everything still to play for

Final frantic round of negotiations and lobbying aims to deliver ambitious yet workable energy and climate change package

20 Oct 2014

Davey: 'People are ready to do a deal'

Energy and climate change secretary explains why he is optimistic the EU is about to agree to a bold and ambitious new energy and climate change package

17 Oct 2014

Davey hints at sweeteners for Eastern Europe as part of EU climate deal

Energy and climate change secretary confident an ambitious emissions reduction agreement can be done next week

17 Oct 2014

How will Europe's new reporting rules impact your business?

The European Union is requiring certain businesses to report on environmental strategies and programs - Here are five things you need to know

17 Oct 2014

Reports: Germany mulls legal action over EU's nuclear Hinkley ruling

Merkel's government could join Austria in challenging decision to approve State Aid for new UK reactors

10 Oct 2014

Former oil director confirmed as EU climate chief

Miguel Arias Cañete takes up role as climate and energy commissioner after MEPs pact

09 Oct 2014

Hinkley nuclear reactor will be 'most expensive power plant ever built'

Renewable energy industry insiders criticise EU state aid approval for UK plant, saying the deal could finance 7GW of wind energy capacity

08 Oct 2014

Updated: Hinkley nuclear plant gets EU state aid approval

European Commission backs UK government's bid to finance EDF's project in Somerset, confirming total cost of £34bn

08 Oct 2014

Friends of the Earth calls for EU rethink on renewables state aid guidance

EXCLUSIVE: NGO warns 'under the radar' change to EU rules designed to boost competition in the clean energy market could have the opposite effect

08 Oct 2014

EU backs down from labelling tar sands as polluting

Campaign groups blame industry lobbying as Commission proposes less taxing regime for carbon-intense fuel

08 Oct 2014

Vacuum cleaner manufacturers urge Cameron to back EU ban

EXCLUSIVE: Chief executive of Miele tells Prime Minister that the Ecodesign Directive provides a welcome boost to innovation

06 Oct 2014

EU countries to set electric vehicle targets under new green car rules

Alternative fuel directive aims to build critical mass of electric vehicle charging points in bid to boost investor confidence in emerging sector

30 Sep 2014

Is the EU's carbon market safe from fraud?

Four British men were last week jailed for their part in a multi-million euro carbon allowance crime ring, but do the same security risks remain?

29 Sep 2014

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

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

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

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