The European Union (EU) and most of its Member States are on track to reach their 2020 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency. However, recent increases in energy consumption are slowing down progress, according to a new analysis by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
A flurry of corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) have been inked in recent weeks, providing major corporates with clean, reliable and competitively-priced power. The deals combine for a total of over 1 GW contracted in the last two weeks.
The potential for corporate sourcing of renewable energy in Europe is significant and largely untapped. To support its growth and bring a new stream of revenue into the European electricity market, it requires a consistent regulatory environment and awareness of this opportunity needs to be raised across a range of different stakeholders.
The European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Commission launched the second phase of the Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector. The Consultation Forum aims to examine how energy efficiency measures, renewable energy sources and technologies, and protection of critical energy infrastructure considerations apply to the European defence sector.
A study published by the European Commission focuses on the development of an offshore renewable energy system in the Irish and North Seas. It considers several possible plans for building wind farms to generate renewable energy, energy storage facilities, and an electricity grid that would extend over the territorial waters of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
The Sinbio project, which uses a biomass boiler to convert straw, hay and woody material into renewable energy in the town of Trebišov in Slovakia, was the winner of the Businesses category in the EU Sustainable Energy Awards.
Updated energy statistical datasheets for all EU countries have just been published by the European Commission. These datasheets cover the period 1990-2015 and make it possible to track how each country's energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions patterns have changed over time.
30 May 2017 - Today the ninth Citizens' Energy Forum begins in London. Representatives of the European institutions, regional authorities, and regulatory and consumer bodies will examine the role of consumers in a competitive, 'smart', energy-efficient and fair energy retail market.
This week's EU Green Week, with the theme 'Green jobs for a greener future', offers a platform to discuss the EU's environmental policies and how they are creating green jobs and contributing to sustainable and socially responsible economic growth.
Participants at a high-level meeting Brussels, 'Interoperability to create the Internet of Energy', will consider how Europe can benefit from the new opportunities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) in the ongoing transition to clean energy.