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Energy & climate change

Portugal aims for 100% clean energy by 2030

Portugal’s Environment Ministry announced its strategy for 100% divestment from fossil fuels in the energy generation sector by 2030. The effort will start next year. During the presentation of Portugal's Climate KIC Initiative in Lisbon, João Pedro Matos Fernandes said that "the idea is that these plants will stop using coal, once Portugal is able to do so, while honoring contracts in force"....
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Lights off for solar in Greece

By Michalis Prodromou* The sector of renewables in Greece has been dramatically hit by a relentless offensive targeting environmental and green energy policies. All recent governments have offered strong support to the lignite-based electricity model (Greece is the 3rd largest lignite producer in the EU), both by planning the construction of two new lignite plants (Ptolemaida V and Meliti II, 660MW and 440MW capacity), and by seeking to extend t...
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Brexit and its impact on climate & energy policy

by Michalis Prodromou* The outcome of the British referendum on the country’s membership in the EU will certainly have an impact on British, European and international low carbon policies; the question is how severe this will be. Will the Brexit affect the ratification process of the Paris climate agreement, achieved only a few months ago? The agreement “would require recalibration” in case of an EU-exit outcome of the referendum said Chr...
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EU's top Court rejects right to free climate changing emissions

In a landmark decision, the EU Court of Justice ruled that the free carbon emissions allownaces handed to carbon intensive industries were too much. Jointly judging six cases referred by national courts for preliminary rulings, the CJEU declared invalid the maximum annual amount of free allowances for greenhouse gas emissions determined by the Commission for the period 2013-2020....
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#March4Us: Hundreds of thousands take to the streets calling for global climate deal

The weekend ahead of the United Nations’ 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) on climate change, now taking place in Paris, the world's major cities saw hundreds of thousands of citizens in 175 countries marching for a clear and binding agreement that will keep global warming below +2o C. In Europe, London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Athens, Frankfurt, Dublin, Copenhagen, Graz, Genova, Kiev, Edinburgh, Stockholm, Oslo, were some of the cities tha...
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New Polish government backtracks on climate agreement

Following the national elections of October 25th, which brought to power the Law and Justice conservative and party, Poland’s President vetoed the 2012 Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Earlier in 2015, President Andrej Duda had criticized the EU’s policy on emissions, stating: “I do not agree with such a policy and will say that this is a policy that is completely at odds with the strategic interests of our country”...
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British protected areas at risk of fracking hell

New shale gas drilling licences covering 2,700 square kilometers of British countryside, large parts of which are protected as ecologically sensitive, are about to be issued by the Oil and Gas Authority. The West Country, the Isle of Wight and parts of the fragile Jurassic Coast of Dorset are amongst the protected areas where licences for fracking will be offered. According to British PM David Cameron, his government is “going all out for shal...
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Will Greece ignore the economic omens and go for new coal?

by Theodota Nantsou In the current dismal economic setting, the construction of the new lignite power plant by Greece's Public Power Corporation constitutes a completely irrational move: the public energy utility will need to disburse 400 million euros for a project that has been proven to be economically non-viable. By insisting stubbornly on the construction of Ptolemaida V, the PPC threatens to entrap Greece in an outdated energy model...
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Crisis results in sharp reduction of energy consumption

by Michalis Prodromou - According to the IEA’s latest “Energy Balances of OECD countries” report, 2013 saw significant reductions in the total final energy consumption for three Mediterranean countries: Greece (11%), Spain (4%) and Italy (4%). Specifically for Greece, this was the fifth consecutive decrease in gross inland energy consumption. During the reporting period (2012-2013) the aforementioned countries have also suffered major d...
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Industries speak for governments in EU pollution standards working group

The ongoing process for the revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive’s environmental performance standards for large combustion plants, including coal power plants, has sparked severe criticism by environmental and corporate watch groups, due to the increased and intransparent participation of industry representatives in national delegations. According to a March 5th report published by Greenpeace, “the whole process has been captured b...
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