The food and energy sectors are alike in many ways: security, waste, local production, labelling, environmental impact and access are key issues for both. In each case, there is a movement underway taking a holistic value chain approach to create a more secure, sustainable, affordable system. Sonja van Renssen takes away four lessons from the recently held Slow Food Fair in Turin, Italy for the energy sector.
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In this latest Brussels Briefing on Environment from viEUws.eu, leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview of the latest EU environment policy developments.
South Australia made headlines around the world when it was announced that the state had been powered by 100% renewable energy for an entire working day. Commentators took it as a proof that a fully renewable future is possible. South Australia, writes Jack Baldwin of the South Australian news service The Lead, demonstrates to the world the benefits of renewable energy. According to Baldwin, there are signs the rest of…….
Today we have an unusual article for you: a first-hand report about daily life in oil boom state North Dakota written by journalist Laura Gottesdiener. This is not perhaps about energy as such – but it is about some of the “external costs” carried by one source of energy production. And it’s a fascinating read! We can publish this article thanks to our cooperation with Tomdispatch.com, where it first appeared.
With demand for LNG rising in Asia and a wave of supplies coming on-stream, long-term point-to-point contracts in the Asian market may give way to more flexible trade patterns and the growth of spot trading. Singapore with its deep water harbour and thriving financial centre is gearing up to become the first LNG trading hub for Asia. But success is not guaranteed. Energy reporter Rudolf ten Hoedt reports from Singapore.
In an exclusive interview with viEUws.eu, Janez Potočnik – the outgoing European Commissioner for the Environment - discusses how his successor Karmenu Vella could strengthen environmental protection through market instruments and advises the next European Commission on how to use the growth potential of green solutions.
While policymakers and companies generally acknowledge the need for an energy transition, they still underestimate the enormous task that is facing us. The real energy transition, says André Faaij, the new academic director of the Dutch research institute Energy Academy Europe, has yet to start. And, he adds, it will only succeed if it is strongly directed by government policy – preferably coordinated by Brussels – and approached in a…….
European leaders agreed new climate and energy targets for 2030 of “at least” 40% greenhouse gas emission reductions, 27% renewables and 27% energy efficiency at a summit in Brussels on 23 October. Central and Eastern European countries led by Poland succeeded in getting substantial financial concessions in return for signing up to the package. Stakeholder reaction ranged from bitter disappointment among NGOs and energy efficiency advocates to reluctant acceptance of…….
After Alenka Bratušek resigned ahead of the European Parliament’s vote, Jean-Claude Juncker proposed Maroš Šefčovič as Vice President for Energy Union. Šefčovič (nominated by Slovakia) had to answer a number of difficult questions during his hearing by the European Parliament’s Committees on Industry, Research & Energy (ITRE) and Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (ENVI) on 20 October. viEUws.eu produced a comprehensive video summary of the hearing, Šefčovič’s answers to these 5 toughest questions reveal best how he managed to handle the parliamentary grilling: