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EEA report shows progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union

EEA report shows progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union

Progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union, putting at risk the EU’s ability to achieve its energy and emissions reduction targets. Rising energy consumption, particularly in the transport sector, is to blame for the slowdown, according to preliminary data released today in the European … Continue reading

When should state aid be allowed?

When should state aid be allowed?

The European Union, as almost anywhere, has to juggle many priorities at once.  Obviously the EU has benefited from the internal market and that has meant a level playing field.  Always vigilant, the European Commission has questioned the use of state aid for sustainable energy.  Ewa Krukowska writes for Bloomberg news service about the possibility … Continue reading

Number of the week – 2

Number of the week – 2

The Council of European Energy Regulators has just published its status report “Status Review of Regulatory Aspects of Smart Metering, Including an assessment of roll-out as of 1 January 2013.”  [add pdf]  The report states that only 2 countries have completed the roll out of smart meters for electricity – Sweden and Italy.

Will energy labels work for vacuum cleaners

James Dyson, the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner technology and founder of the Dyson Company, provides his views on the proposed energy labels for vacuum cleaners in an article for EurActiv.   Energy labels for vacuum cleaners won’t do the job Like legislation on light bulbs, the EU’s bright environmental goals for vacuum … Continue reading