Tag: European Union


This is literally an outrage. According to several sources, oil giant company Shell bought the European energy policy to be as low as possible on renewable energy sources. As a close examiner for the past decade of energy and climate Read more…


According to a new report, up to 650,000 people are working within the bicycle economy in the European Union. With the right incentives, these figures could reach a million jobs by 2020 according to the European Cyclists’ Federation. As The Read more…


Recently the incumbent Energy and Environment Minister of France unveiled an ambitious energy transition project. As Euractiv reports, the country should ” increase the proportion of renewable energy to 32% by 2030, reduce CO2 emissions by 40% between 1990 and 2030, Read more…


According to official statistics from Eurobserv’ER, 23.4 percent of the electricity in the European Union came from renewable energy sources in 2012. The total output for 2012 has been estimated at 763.5 TW. This represents an important increase from 2011, Read more…


In my previous article for Cleantechies, I wrote that many European nations are already benefiting from renewable energy sources. A country that was missing from the list was Portugal.  In today’s article we will see how the country is also Read more…


There is a question that currently puzzles me: Why is the European Union so unambitious on climate and energy goals? We have seen recently that the European Commission unveiled plans to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020 and Read more…


The European Union has long been regarded as a leader on climate change. Now it appears to becoming a laggard as the EU has unveiled unambitious goals for 2030. If in 2007 the EU led the fight on climate change Read more…


We have recently seen that the European Union is already close to its climate goals, to cut its greenhouse gases emissions by 20 percent by 2020 (compared to 1990 levels). In 2012, emissions were already 18 percent lower than in Read more…


China is in the midst of launching seven carbon markets, the largest of which will open next month in Guangdong, the country’s most populous province. The carbon markets are a key element of China’s plan to cut carbon emissions by up to 45 percent per …


According to a recent study from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), wood burning is being used more and more in the country. Current estimates show that approximately 7.4 million households use this method to heat their homes, Read more…


According to the European Environment Agency, the European Union is already close to its 2020 climate objectives as it has decreased its emissions by no less than 18 percent between 1990 and 2012. Additionally, renewable energy sources such as wind, Read more…


At the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, there was some very cool stuff happening. Not necessarily the stuff that grabbed the headlines. It was on climate change as 35 countries and the European Union have decided to take action to Read more…


The ongoing saga between the European Union and China over the alleged dumping of solar panels has apparently been resolved. Over the weekend, The EU and China agreed to a settlement which sets a higher minimum price for Chinese exports Read more…


The European Investment Bank (EIB), the main lending arm of the European Union, has decided to stop financing most coal-fired power plants, part of an effort to help the 28-nation bloc meet ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2030. The Read more…

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