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Gas transit contracts between Gazprom and Naftogaz will expire on December 31, 2019. It means that Russia won’t have legal grounds to supply gas to Europe via the Ukrainian gas system. In order to continue supplies, Europe has to make an important decision about the transit routes. Further use of the Ukrainian pipelines and construction… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Next year will be the real turning point for Lithuania from the financial point of view. After gaining the independence Lithuania was significantly supported by the EU. Brussels helped a young country to grow stronger and decrease its dependence on Russia. Many projects started by the country decades ago were successfully financed from the European… » read more

  Posted by Today in the Baltic States

In late January, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project received permission for construction and operation where it would make landfall in Germany. Nord Stream 2, like its first iteration, seeks to transit 55 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Russian natural gas annually—by the Baltic Sea instead of through Ukraine. By redirecting gas flows, the Kremlin… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

The shift of fossil-fuel based energy consumption towards renewable energy sources needs more focus. One of the main challenges is in the case of developing countries, where insufficient funds and technology are slowing down the transition process. To accelerate the transition, a new decentralized, consumer-based renewable energy strategy should be implemented. Solar technology is especially… » read more

  Posted by Everyday Renewables

Guest post by Hans Korteweg, Managing Director, COGEN Europe   The message from European manufacturers and users of the latest smart home energy solution is clear: fuel cell micro-cogeneration is market-ready. Already, 3500 households and businesses across Europe are using fuel cell micro-cogeneration for their heating, hot water and electricity supply. Each unit is enabling… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Conflict of Interest in international climate negotiations has been taking place from the very beginning of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a new report by Corporate Accountability shows. This visual summary guides you through 3 decades of corporate lobbying:

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

According to the President of SolarPower in Europe Christian Westermeier, by the year 2021, there is set to be a further 94,000 jobs created in the solar industry. This comes as welcome news after a tough few years for the industry after the initial boom in solar grinded to a stop in 2011 and 2012.… » read more

  Posted by Everyday Renewables

In the last days of COP23, a final text came out that defines the Tanaloa Dialogue, and thus lays out the path for an inclusive climate dialogue during 2018. The COP22 and COP24 presidencies consulted all the countries to agree on how this process will look like.   But what is the Tanaloa Dialogue? It… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

COP23: summary of week 1

The first week of COP23 has come to an end, and an army of delegates has been negotiating the details of how to implement the Paris Agreement. The second week is kicking off with a a lot at stake, while many of the negotiating points are being delayed. With ministers arriving in Bonn, the pressure… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

BONN, Germany The European Union and Australia told a global conference to discuss climate policy that discussions on finance should not be included in negotiations for loss and damage because “not every disaster is caused by climate change.” By Alanah Torralba Loss and damage refers to inevitable costs of natural disasters and slow onset events… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

‘America’s Pledge’ is inspiring because it comes at a time when negotiations are not moving fast enough to keep up with climate science and citizens are realising that they’re on their own. By Aruna Chandrasekar Bonn: On a cold and rainy Saturday morning, a long queue snaked outside the US Climate Action Centre at the… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

By Marc Herman The European Union is currently reviewing policies crucial for Europe’s response to the two most pressing challenges of our time: ending hunger and fighting climate change. The European Parliament and member states are about to decide on new rules for the EU’s renewable energy policy until 2030. It is their chance to… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

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