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

Reflections on the current negotiations to revise the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Andrew Warren has been an astute observer of energy efficiency policies throughout Europe and his own country, the United Kingdom, for a considerable time. He has seen energy efficiency policies evolve significantly over the past couple of decades and he has never failed to give us his views. Andrew, who chairs the British Energy Efficiency … Continue reading Reflections on the current negotiations to revise the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

New focus on energy demand and competitiveness can improve EU mandatory energy audits: new eceee report

The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has just published an important new report on one of the important elements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive: mandatory energy audits for large enterprises. A new eceee review of EU’s mandatory energy audit schemes points at improvements that would help make EU industry more competitive. The … Continue reading New focus on energy demand and competitiveness can improve EU mandatory energy audits: new eceee report

Showing the benefits of Europe’s investment in renewable energy

Cassie Werber writes on the Quartz website to show how renewable energy investment in Europe has played a big role in reducing emissions. She provides an excellent diagram that shows this graphically.   One chart that shows the success of Europe’s investment in renewable energy Europe has spearheaded the drive to change from a system … Continue reading Showing the benefits of Europe’s investment in renewable energy

Europe’s climate policies are having an impact on America’s forests

Everyone looks for a business opportunity, and when Europe started promoting biomass for power production, American wood suppliers were certainly glad to take advantage of the market opportunity. But, as Joby Warrick writes in the Washington Post, there are implications that may be less than sustainable.   How Europe’s climate policies have led to more … Continue reading Europe’s climate policies are having an impact on America’s forests

New communication on energy security from the European Commission

It is good to see that the European Commission has come out with its new communication on energy security. Energy security certainly needs to be given higher priority. It is good to see that energy efficiency is mentioned first. When the Commission first proposed its non-binding target for energy efficiency, there were many complaints that … Continue reading New communication on energy security from the European Commission

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 When should state aid be allowed?

Shale gas and the dilemma for European energy policy

Stephen Erlanger provides an excellent review in the New York Times of the effect shale gas is having on energy policy in Europe.  Interestingly, the CEO for the oil company Total provides an important comment on the situation.  “But the issue is not shale gas,” about which there is a great deal of fear and … Continue reading Shale gas and the dilemma for European energy policy

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 Will energy labels work for vacuum cleaners