Should Investment in Gas or Nuclear Energy be Treated as Sustainable?

Gas and Nuclear Sustainable?

In the letter, S&D vice-president and shadow rapporteur in the environment committee, Simona Bonafè, and S&D shadow rapporteur in the economic affairs committee, Paul Tang, expressed their opposition to the labelling of gas and nuclear-based energy production as taxonomy compliant. While recognising the role played by gas and nuclear to meet the energy needs nowadays towards the transition to a…

Green Deal Needs Nuclear Power to Work

Nuclear Power

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) has signalled support for the European Commission’s proposal to include nuclear energy and fossil gas in the so-called “Taxonomy Regulation”, which sets out the criteria for green investments.  “Without the promotion of nuclear energy, the scenario of high energy prices could worsen in the future. When it comes…

Trans-European Network in Energy

Tom Berendsen

EU Member States and the European Parliament have reached an agreement on the so-called Trans-European Network in Energy (TEN-E) Regulation. “With today’s agreement, energy in Europe will become more sustainable, more securely supplied and more affordable”, said Tom Berendsen MEP, who negotiated the new EU rules for the financing and construction of energy infrastructure on…

Nuclear’s Role in the EU’s Energy Mix

Ostravets NPP

Critics argue that nuclear can solve the gas crisis and play a key role in Europe’s future energy mix As fuel was loaded into the second reactor of Europe’s newest nuclear power plant (NPP), the debate raged on about nuclear’s role in the green energy mix.  Just last week the European Commission put forward the…

Tackling Sky High Energy Prices

Rising Energy Prices

European leaders met on Thursday to discuss, among other things, the rising energy prices. A debate that began – belatedly – in October, prompted by the sky high energy bills faced by people living in Europe. Although the discussion went on for hours, the leaders were unable to reach a conclusion. T The President of…

Does EU’s Hydrogen Strategy Lean on “Rogue” Ammonia Producers?

Green Ammonia Production

Hydrogen has long been seen as the fuel of the future. Consisting of the most abundant chemical substance in the universe, hydrogen fuel is set to make a major contribution to the energy transition away from fossil fuels.  The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes his country will be a major winner from the “Hydrogen…

Europe-Maghreb pipeline : Algeria Threatens Europe

Europe-Maghreb pipeline

On Sunday 31 October the Algerian government announced the cessation of commercial relations between Algeria and Morocco, effectively ending the Algeria-Spain-Morocco pipeline agreement known as the Europe-Maghreb pipeline.  The Algerian presidency in a public statement declared that it was no longer willing to extend the contract of the Europe-Maghreb pipeline.  The decision to terminate gas…

Energy Price Hike: Need to Scale Up Renewables

Bas Eickhout, tackling the energy price hike

The European Commission has unveiled its “toolbox” for EU governments to tackle the current energy price hike. The proposed toolbox will be discussed by heads of state and governments at the European Council summit on 21-22 October. The toolbox mainly includes short-term measures for member states by setting out options to target vulnerable households.  The Greens/EFA…

Building Energy Efficiency Key for EU’s Future

Building Energy Efficiency

Building energy efficiency is key for Europe’s future and both public and private sectors could contribute to energy savings, EESC hearing concludes. The EU must step up its efforts to promote energy efficiency and achieve those energy savings that are instrumental in the fight against the energy crisis and climate change. This is the main…