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  Who is the most influential on EU Energy Efficiency policy? The second #EurActory40 ranking of The top 40 policy experts with influence in EU Energy Efficiency policy was unveiled at a roundtable debate titled: “Energy efficiency, 2016: The year of delivery?”. Download the full ‘#EurActory40 – #EnergyEfficiency’ list (PDF) A video provides a summary… » read more

  Posted by EU Community

While the progression of renewable energy in Europe is significant and encouraging, with the authorities seeking to reach 20% of gross final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020, major challenges remain. Indeed, objectives both at the EU level and the ones formulated during COP21 gathering 186 countries, seem quite clear : in order to… » read more

  Posted by Chloé Mikolajczak

In its EU funds spending plans, Slovakia has shown commendable dedication to making bioenergy more sustainable. Taking over the EU presidency in June, it will have a unique chance to apply its expertise to improve European regulations on biomass.   by Miroslav Mojzis cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog   After pressure from Slovak non-governmental organisations,… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Last year in the EU, 12.8 GW of wind power capacity was installed – more than any other electricity generation source. This means that wind can now generate 11.4% of the EU electricity consumption in a normal wind year, according to Wind Europe. At the same time Belgium and Scotland have shut down their last… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Guest blog post by Heenan Paris. Following the European Commission’s formal notice to the French State on 22 October 2015 regarding EDF’s dominant position (80%) in the French hydropower sector, France has adopted a new legal framework enshrining the opening to competition of hydroelectric concessions which would not dispel all foreign hydroelectric operators’ doubts pertaining… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Birgit Schmidhuber, Environmental Lawyer and Board Member of J&E The Environmental Liability Directive, adopted in 2004 holds a huge potential for preventing and remedying damage to European environment. Unfortunately it is currently seriously underperforming. Decisive action must be taken by the European Commission to change this, J&E, an environmental law NGO… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

My belief that Bilbao is a stronghold of sustainable city developments is growing immeasurably. Why? Because after visiting for a week of creative dialogue between 800 participants from 200 cities, I found myself inspired by the city’s culture of social change. Further out from Bilbao (which recently hosted a series of events entitled New Pathways… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

Guest blog post by Eszter Hidas, WWF European Policy Office. It is not surprising that the world’s largest Seafood Expo takes place in Europe every year – indeed, this reflects the fact that the EU is the world’s number 1 destination for seafood exports. With this position of course comes great responsibility, and the Expo,… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Greg Foster, Area Vice-President, Habitat for Humanity EMEA. Habitat III, the third United Nations conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, will take place in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. The influential global forum that happens every 20 years seeks to reinvigorate commitment to sustainable urbanization and adopt a New Urban… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Edd Colbert, Campaign & Research Manager, Feedback. The European Parliament is currently drafting amendments to a report that could determine whether or not Europe will implement legislation to prevent unfair trading practices (UTPs). Previous drafts of the report have highlighted the clear correlation between unfair trading practices and the overproduction and… » read more

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Guest blog post by Nomi Byström, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Computer Science, Aalto University. Last December 195 nations as well as the European Union acting as a single party agreed to an international convention on climate change during the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21). Another important step is about to take place as world leaders… » read more

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