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European Union articles

Reports: Hinkley nuclear plant set for EU thumbs up

Cooling towers at a nuclear power station

Sources say £16bn nuclear project will get state aid approval in the next few weeks

18 Sep 2014

Reports: EU to propose 'billion euro' sweetener in bid to win Polish support for 2030 carbon target

Australian coal levels - robust

Bloc to set up two investment funds to help poorer countries meet post-2020 greenhouse gas targets, as MEPs challenge 'generous' carbon leakage list

18 Sep 2014

EU wind chief: governments must 'relinquish strangleholds' over energy policy

REG Roskrow Barton wind farm

EWEA's Thomas Becker calls for EU to move towards energy union to bolster energy security and cut bills

15 Sep 2014

CBI reveals tensions with BusinessEurope over climate policies

WWF calls on trade association and businesses to follow in footsteps of Unilever and quit EU lobby group

11 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

Report: EU must cut energy use by a third to end reliance on Russian gas

IPPR report calls for greater focus on energy efficiency in response to Ukraine crisis, as EU Council discusses energy security blueprint

09 Sep 2014

EU mulls €30bn low carbon fund for industry and member states

Draft proposals reportedly suggest increased support to help poorer member states and heavy industry meet 2030 climate goals

02 Sep 2014

New vacuum cleaner rules don't suck, CCC insists

Committee on Climate Change says banning high-powered machines will result in significant carbon savings without loss of performance

01 Sep 2014

Carbon prices to average €23 in the 2020, analysts say

But Thomson Reuters predicts without emissions trading scheme reform and 2030 climate targets EU Allowances may remain at €14

01 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

Manufacturers warn carbon costs will force them out of Europe

Industry organisation EEF calls for greater protection for energy intensive industries from cost of decarbonisation

22 Aug 2014

UK lobbying to keep open one of Europe's dirtiest coal power stations

Government seeks exemption from European law that would close down Aberthaw for its excessive nitrogen oxide emissions

20 Aug 2014

Truly progressive businesses must challenge this flawed neo-liberalism

Friends of the Earth's Craig Bennett argues that businesses admirable green initiatives are being hampered by a failure to push back against dinosaur corporate lobbyists

11 Aug 2014

Businesses urged to help shape future of Europe’s CSR policies

Richard Howitt MEP warns that ethical business practices could slip down the agenda under the new Commission

06 Aug 2014

Europe stuck with coal unless UK takes action, campaigners warn

Sandbag Report calls on legislators in Brussels and Westminster to change tack as coal emissions continue to rise

24 Jul 2014

EU Commission proposes energy efficiency goal for 2030

30 per cent target designed to curb emissions and boost energy security amid Ukraine crisis

23 Jul 2014

European wind industry slashes growth forecasts

EWEA predicts 192.4GW of installed capacity by 2020, blaming economic slowdown, policy uncertainty, and falling energy demand

23 Jul 2014

Davey renews calls for an end to "unhealthy low" carbon prices

UK government publishes position paper on Emission Trading Scheme reforms calling for the cancellation of an 'ambitious volume' of excess allowances

17 Jul 2014

Neonicotinoids linked to recent fall in farmland bird numbers

Research demonstrates for the first time the knock-on effects to other species of class of insecticides known to harm bees

11 Jul 2014

Industry welcomes EU Court ruling on national green energy subsidies

EU Court of Justice backs Swedish refusal to subsidise a Finnish wind farm, ensuring power companies cannot shop around for support

02 Jul 2014

Deadline for green computers in Europe draws near

Hardware firms must adhere to new energy consumption limits from 1 July

25 Jun 2014

Corporates add voice to calls for EU energy efficiency target calls

Philips and Siemens among companies arguing ambitious efficiency goal is most cost-effective way to cut emissions and improve energy security

20 Jun 2014

Green Growth Group urges EU to revamp energy security strategy

Major new report, backed by the UK and Germany, highlights the economic and energy security gains on offer from an ambitious EU decarbonisation strategy

19 Jun 2014

Germany officially backs calls for new EU energy-efficiency target

Country submits documents arguing binding goal would add impetus to efforts to boost EU's energy security

17 Jun 2014

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