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Energy & climate change

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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Businesses use trade associations and crisis to weaken EU climate policies

According to a report published on March 30th by the University of Westminster’s Policy Studies Institute (PSI), business lobby groups that often represent companies with strong sustainability strategies use their political influence in order to undermine the EU’s climate policies. According to the report “Lobbying by trade associations on EU climate policy”, the promotion of shale gas, ending the support to renewables and undercutting th...
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Ptolemaida V: a new economic disaster in the making?

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EU releases unambitious and ambiguous vision for Paris climate negotiations

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People’s protests and falling oil & gas prices drive fracking out of Romania

The Romanian Government’s oil & gas fever will likely cool down after Chevron’s announcement that it intends to terminate its operations in the country. Following widespread protests and triggered by the falling prices and unsatisfactory exploration results, the US based energy giant Following a recent announcement by Chevron about its decision to quit shale-exploration in Poland “[t]hat leaves Romania, where we are in the process of...
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EU fails expectations as global climate policy leader in UN international talks

Procrastination in crucial climate policy decision-making was the outcome of the 20th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, at the close of most likely the hottest year ever recorded. The plan finally agreed at the Lima international talks on climate change (1-14 December) paves a hard way to the 21st Conference of the Parties, which will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015: extended by two days, due to intense disagre...
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EU leaders fail climate stress tests

The EU’s Heads of State and Government finally decided on a climate and energy package for 2030 which lacks ambition and fails to respond to the unfolding climate crisis. The package adopted by the EU Council on October 24th sets a target of at least 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and at least 27% for renewables and energy savings.  The negotiations for the European Union’s headline policies on climate change have undergone sever...
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Parliament of Greece approves oil & gas deals

On September 18th, the Parliament ratified three concession contracts for blocks between the Hellenic Republic and a) Energean Oil & Gas/Petra Petroleum, b) Energean Oil & Gas /Trajan Oil & Gas LTD, and c) Hellenic Petroleum / Edison / Petroceltic. The areas where hydrocarbon exploration and drilling has been approved are the onshore block of Ioannina, in the Region of Epirus, the offshore block of Patraikos, and Katakolo, in W. Pelop...
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UK cuts support to renewables

by Anna Chrysopoulou - Through a new support scheme, the UK Government is reducing the financial support to renewable energies, while at the same time maintaining the subsidies to conventional energy. In July 2014, the UK announced a new subsidy scheme titled “Contracts for Difference” (CfDs), which sets a ceiling of £200 million a year on subsidies to large-scale installations of renewable energy sources. Most affected by the new scheme wi...
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Economic recession results in CO2 emissions cuts

An EU-wide 1.3% reduction in CO2 emissions between 2011 and 2012 marks the lowest recorded annual greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) since 1990: 19.2%. This brings the EU very close to the achievement of the 2020 emissions reduction target by 20%. Despite however the euphoria that this downward trend may generate, the main reductions are attributed to lower industrial activity and transport, primarily in crisis-stricken member states. Increased emiss...
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