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…

Energy Prices Keep Rising

Energy Prices rising

MEPs have been debating European solutions to the rise in energy prices for consumers and businesses in Strasbourg today, with the European Commission. Recent weeks have seen hefty increases in energy costs with consumers left struggling to afford the hikes in bills. EFA MEP Jordi Solé has called on the European Commission to act. He criticised those…

The Karabakh War and Energy Security

Azerbaijan soldiers

Exactly one year has passed since the beginning of the second Nagorno-Karabakh war. The frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan lasted almost 30 years, writes Nargiz Gambarova. The Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding regions are internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan. As a result of two flare-ups in April 2016 and July 2020, the tensions broke…

Taxing Green Energy in Ukraine: the Wrong Time for the Wrong Policy

Renewables

While the focus in the EU is on the New Green Deal and making sure that the policies and regulatory framework are in place to help the EU members on the pathway to net zero, on the EU’s borders the commitment to renewables and decarbonisation is less clear, writes Jock Mendoza Wilson.  To the east…

Nuclear insists it has key role in meeting world’s energy needs

Astravets NPP

Nuclear energy is an issue like few others, dividing opinion in the extreme over its safety and role in the energy mix.  But construction work on new nuclear plants continues apace, with the latest being in Belarus with the Astravets nuclear power plant (NPP). Building work on the twin-reactor plant is coming to an end…

EU Energy Future Needs to Take account of NGO Concerns

Europe's Energy Future

Fossil fuel industry lobbyists are expected to retain a stranglehold on Europe’s energy future, with a formal role in EU decisions on energy infrastructure development and funding, a new report claims. The European Commission has proposed to keep an obscure body advocating for vested gas industry interests – the European Network of Transmission System Operators…

Uzbekistan’s Energy Strategy

EU Political Report published an article on Uzbekistan’s Nuclear Project on 1st February. The National Agency for Nuclear Power in Uzbekistan “Uzatom” has requested the opportunity to respond to this article, and we publish their response here in full below:- On January 29, EU Today hosted at the Press Club in Brussels a conference dedicated…

Parliament Calls to Suspend Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant

The European Parliament has voiced serious concerns over the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear plant in Belarus and demand that its commercial launch be suspended. In a resolution adopted today, the Parliament criticised the hasty commissioning of the Ostrovets nuclear plant and the continued lack of transparency and official communication regarding the frequent emergency shutdowns…

Morocco Ranked 5th in World for Clean Innovation

According to newly published research, Morocco is ranked 5th in the world for clean innovation. The index is produced by MIT and published in “The Green Future Index” sponsored by Salesforce, Citrix, and Morgan Stanley.  The research was conducted through in-depth secondary research and analysis as well as interviews with global experts on climate change,…