G7 Nations Pledge For End Of Fossil Fuel Age by 2100

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 2:24:00 PM

The G7 group of wealthy democracies—whose carbon dioxide emissions total 25% of the world’s output—committed in a meeting in Germany on June 8th 2015, to binding targets that address the issue of climate change.

In a leaders' declaration issued at the meeting in Krün, the G7 pledged taking a step closer to their committed targets of: phasing-out of fossil fuels, transformation of electric generation toward renewables and nuclear, and limiting the rise in average global temperatures to maximum of 2°C over pre-industrial levels — all to be achieved by the end of this century.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Energy Union Policy, Carbon-free

The State of Renewable Energy in The European Union: A Recap of Forward-Thinking Nations, Countries and Leaders

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 8:57:00 AM

In today’s post, we close our series on the state of renewable energy efforts in Europe, with its strong consumer demand for clean energy and its binding mandate to reduce carbon emissions. We kick off this post with a reminder about the newly-formed Energy Union, a forward-thinking initiative that has been launched by the European Commission to “reform how Europe produces, transports and consumes energy”.

The primary aim of this cooperative is "diversifying of energy sources currently available to the Member States, helping European Union (EU) countries become less dependent on energy imports and making the EU the world number one in renewable energy and leading the fight against global warming."

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Topics: Cleantech Energy, Investment, Energy Union Policy, Clean technology and innovation

Now Launching: The Energy Union Flow-Based Market Coupling

Posted on May 29, 2015 10:51:00 AM

As we bring our series on the new Energy Union to a close, it's time to announce some very encouraging, tangible news: After eight years of planning, flow-based market coupling is now operational in the EU, namely between Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

This coupling allows for renewable power to flow throughout central-western Europe. These ground-breaking energy infrastructure changes now being implemented prove how serious the EU is about linking its energy markets for the betterment of its citizens.

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Topics: Cleantech Energy, Energy Union Policy

The Latest in European Cleantech Leadership: European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)

Posted on May 14, 2015 2:08:00 PM

Leadership: It takes different forms in different cultures and organisations, but one thing that visionary leadership always prioritises is innovation. Innovation is that spark that lights new fires to fuel human activities and progress.

Where other blogs in our Energy Union series have focused on European country leaders or leading European corporations, here we look at an entity set up by the European Union called the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT).

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Topics: Cleantech Energy, Energy Union Policy, Clean technology and innovation

EU Releases New ‘Energy Union’ Framework

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 4:58:00 PM

open-eu-releases-new-energy-union-frameworkEnergy: We all use it to heat and cool homes and buildings, to transport goods and to power our local and national economies. But things like ageing infrastructure, poorly integrated marketing, and uncoordinated policies have stood in the way of Europe’s being able to benefit from increased choice and lower electricity prices.

In response, the European Commission, the EU’s executive body that proposes legislation and implements the policies and laws of the European Union, has unveiled its framework for a new European “Energy Union.”

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Energy Union Policy

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