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80% of EU oil imports supplied by non-European companies

Non-European companies supply four-fifths of Europe’s oil imports, with Russian firms supplying more than one-third (36%) of imported crude, a new study on Europe’s foreign oil dependency has found. Just two of the top 10 oil suppliers to the EU are European, and most of our imported oil is supplied from unstable countries. Rosneft and […]

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Report: 7.7 million jobs in renewables worldwide

More than 7.7 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry, reads  a new report issued by IRENA, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015. This is an 18 per cent increase from last year’s figure of 6.5 million. The report also provides a first-ever global estimate of the number of […]

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European Parliament puts a limit to crop-based biofuels

European Parliament confirmed the deal that was agreed between the EU negotiators two weeks ago limiting the amount of crop-based biofuels that can count towards renewable energy targets in 2020. The vote ends seven years of political wrangling and marks a breakthrough in the EU’s approach to biofuels. Combined with the previous decision to end […]

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Renewable Energy Met 15% of EU Energy Demand in 2013

Energy from renewable sources met 15% of gross energy consumption in the EU in 2013, according to the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat. This figure compares with the 8.3% of energy consumption covered by renewables in 2004. Since then, renewables have grown in all EU countries, with 13 at least doubling their renewable share over the […]

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Clean Energy Label in 4 FAQs

Steven Vanholme, a Belgian expat in Helsinki, wanted to pay his electricity bills only for clean green energy. So he started a hefty European network of green label for electricity. 1. What is EKOenergy in brief? EKOenergy is the European ecolabel for electricity. Electricity sold with the EKOenergy label fulfills strict environmental criteria and funds […]

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European Parliament Votes for Phase-out of 1st Generation Biofuels

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted today to limit at 6% the use of land-based biofuels that can count toward the 10% renewable energy target in transport by 2020, reads a T&E communique. They also approved accounting of indirect emissions (known as ILUC) from biofuels under the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) with a […]

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Rubbish Creates Jobs and Energy in Central and Eastern Europe

Eastern European Member States have a significant untapped potential for converting wastes from farming, forestry, industry and households to low-carbon biofuels for transport, and for creating up to 5,000 permanent jobs in Romania, 7000 in Poland and over 1000 in the Czech Republic or Slovakia (See Figure). However, these jobs will only be created if […]

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EU’s emissions reduction 2030. No ambition

EU heads of state today agreed three modest climate and green energy targets for 2030, which lack the ambition needed to put Europe on track to meet its own 2050 climate commitments and will not do enough to cut dependence on fossil fuels. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) says that now targets have […]

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Big Oil dilutes EU dirty fuel law

After five years of heavy-handed lobbying by Canada, the US and oil majors, the European Commission today published fuel quality rules that fail to discourage oil companies from using and investing in the world’s dirtiest oil such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid. Agreed in April 2009, the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) for the first time obliges fuel […]

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Forests sitting on lignite saved in Romania

Ionut Apostol reports for Bankwatch // Bankwatch and Greenpeace won a court case* in Romania this week, which will effectively prevent 59 hectares (the equivalent of 118 football pitches) of forest from being destroyed by the expansion of one of the open-pit coal mines at Rovinari, the largest lignite mining complex in Romania. Agreeing to […]

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Naomi Klein in Eastern Europe: Green tech leans towards decentralization away from state socialism

In the wake of the heated talks on the CETA signing, Naomi Klein, at a short online meeting with her […]

Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks […]

Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb […]

Climatic causes of War in Syria. A talk with Khaled, Syrian environmental journalist

by Raul Cazan // Khaled Osta Esmael was an environmental, cultural and social journalist in Damascus. He used to cover […]

Paris Agreement Enters into Force

By Patricia Espinosa, head of UNFCCC Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of […]

China and US Bring Early Paris Entry into Force Big Step Closer

Ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by China and the United States – the world’s top two emitters of […]