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Gas denied ‘transition’ fuel status in draft EU green finance rules

Euractiv Summary Power plants fuelled by natural gas will not be classed as “sustainable” or “transition” investments in Europe unless they meet emission limits which are so low that none are currently able to comply, according to draft EU rules seen by EURACTIV. The new standards will be...


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‘Efficiency first’ is top priority of draft EU energy strategy

Euractiv Summary Efficiency must be at the core of Europe’s energy policy, the European Commission says in a draft policy document outlining its vision of a more agile, low-carbon energy system powered chiefly by renewable electricity. With its energy system integration strategy, the...


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Green and Resilient go Hand in Hand in District Energy

Balkan Green Energy News Summary IN MOST COUNTRIES WHERE EBRD IS ACTIVE, THE PANDEMIC STRUCK WHEN THE WINTER WAS ENDING, SO THE CONSEQUENCES COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. EXPERTS SAY GREEN AND RESILIENT IN DISTRICT ENERGY ARE NOT CONFLICTING OPTIONS AND THAT FOCUSING ON EFFICIENCY ALONE...


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Germany's Merkel wants green recovery from coronavirus crisis

Reuters Summary Governments should focus on climate protection when considering fiscal stimulus packages to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. Her comments are the clearest sign yet that Merkel wants to combine the...


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Alarming Electricity Price Increase: EU Offering 60% Non-Reimbursable Funds for Cogeneration Plants (CHP)

BR Business Review Summary The European Union is offering 60% non-reimbursable funds for the heavy energy consumers, up to 15 mln. EUR, through the POIM 6.4 financing axis, which can be invested in developing their cogeneration plants of high efficiency (CHP). This will allow the companies...


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Open-Source Software to Support Low-Carbon District Energy Network Planning

TheMayor.eu Summary With an ambitious EU Green Deal on the table, providing secure, affordable and low carbon energy stays high on the priority list of local authorities to increase air quality and reach their energy and climate targets in 2030 and establish new ones by 2050. With heating...


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EU approves aid to German efficient cogeneration plants in Munich, Herne

New Europe Online/KG Summary The European Commission said on September 25 that the EC has approved, under EU State aid rules, German plans to support the modernisation of a highly efficient cogeneration plant located in Munich and the construction of a new highly efficient cogeneration plant...


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Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership launches in Belarus

The Financial Summary The Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership, a multi-donor fund of which the EU is one of the main contributors, was officially launched in the Belarusian capital Minsk on 10 July. The fund will provide up to €17 million in grant support to...


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Calls for greater recognition for cogeneration

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary EU leaders failed to agree on a new energy efficiency target, despite negotiations going on to the early hours on Wednesday night last. The importance of the sector and cogeneration’s place within it was a key point of discussion at COGEN...


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Cooling targets for renewable energy use set out in new EU directive

Neil Merrett, RAC Plus Summary A new European Commission agreement to ensure renewable energy accounts for at least 32 per cent of the EU’s overall power needs by 2030 has been published. The proposals include specific provisions for cooling and heating functions that will come into...