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The EU’s great 2030 energy and climate compromise

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…….

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VIDEO: 5 toughest questions for Maroš Šefčovič – European Commissioner for Energy Union

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. 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:

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Understanding the Polish anti-climate crusade

However much the Polish Government says the EU can’t commit to higher emissions reduction without similar efforts by its other big economies, only naïve western-European negotiators would believe this is the reason for Poland’s anti-climate position. The 2030 climate and energy package will be unwelcome in Poland as long as coal drives our politics, argue Marcin Stoczkiewicz and llona Jędrasik of the Polish NGO ClientEarth.


VIDEO: “2030 climate and energy package vital to EU’s energy security” stresses European Commission

Marie Donnelly - Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission - speaks with‘s energy journalist Hughes Belin about the EU climate and energy goals for 2030 and discusses the implications of the 2030 package for the European Union’s energy security, ahead of the European Council meeting on 23 and 24 October.

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Don’t get too excited, no one has cracked nuclear fusion yet

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin’s recent announcement that it could make small-scale nuclear fusion power a reality in the next decade has understandably generated excitement in the media. Physicists, however, aren’t getting their hopes up just yet, writes Matthew Hole, Australia’s representative on the IAEA International Fusion Research Council of the Intertnational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Chair of the Australian ITER Forum.

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Brussels gives first glimpse of what it means by “Energy Union”

Career diplomat Maroš Šefčovič from Slovakia gave the first glimpse of what the EU’s “Energy Union” may look like during his hearing at the European Parliament on Monday night for the post of Europe’s Vice President Energy Union. Šefčovič believes in common purchasing of gas and the Southern Corridor (but opposes South Stream), regards the internal market as the backbone of the Energy Union, supports the UK’s state aid to…….

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Save the EU Emissions Trading Scheme: set a price band

The Market Stability Reserve proposed by the European Commission will not be sufficient to reform the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). If the ETS is to be saved, EU policymakers must instead take the bold step of establishing a price band for CO2 emission rights, argue Brigitte Knopf of the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Ottmar Edenhofer of PIK and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and…….

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Cleantech innovation in Europe: the pace is picking up

The pace of innovation in the European energy sector is stepping up. “Energy is no longer seen as a commodity that simply needs to be there. It is perceived as a challenge for which solutions need to be found”, says Elena Bou, Innovation Director of KIC InnoEnergy, a top European company in the field of sustainable energy innovation, in an interview with Energy Post. According to Bou, successful innovation begins…….

UN climate summit: EU needs to convince the world

The great EU climate and energy test: European leaders need deal that will convince the world

On 23 October EU leaders will meet to agree the foundations of an EU climate and energy policy for 2030. They need to settle on four targets: greenhouse gas emission reductions, renewables, energy efficiency, and – the most recent addition – interconnections. But even more: they will have to convince markets and policymakers across the world that the EU has a credible climate and energy strategy to offer. Sonja van…….