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Claudia Patricolo

Claudia Patricolo
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Claudia Patricolo is the editor-in-chief of CEENERGYNEWS.

European Commission launches new platform to protect and restore world’s forests

Forests cover 30% of the Earth's land area and host 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. The European Commission launched a new multi-stakeholder platform to help protect and restore world’s forests.

Lithuania’s LNG terminal welcomes the new gas year after reaching high operating results

The new gas year just started and Lithuania’s LNG terminal is welcoming it with extremely high operating results. During the last year, 23.9 TWh of natural gas was regasified, the largest amount to date.

Phasing out coal in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic: coordinated energy policies are needed

Phasing out coal from the electricity sector is crucial for Europe’s coal triangle: Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. The move away from coal in one country will not count if neighbouring countries continue to produce energy from coal.

A clear wind of change that might be turning East – interview with European Commission’s VP Frans Timmermans

Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission speaks about what the Commission has in store to reach the new emission reduction target and the importance of energy transition for Central and Eastern European countries.

Azerbaijan’s natural gas supply: a real diversification for Southeastern Europe

By the end of 2020 the entire Southern Gas Corridor which will deliver natural gas from Azerbaijan to the European continent will start operating fully. Bulgaria and Greece will increase their energy diversification.

Renewables to dominate the scene in CEE, says IRENA

By 2030, the economies of Central and South-Eastern Europe could cover 34 per cent of their rising energy demand cost-effectively with renewables, reports IRENA. However, further investments are needed.

Interconnectivity is the key to the Black Sea’s energy transition

Investing in RES in the Black Sea region is gaining momentum. Interconnection is critical for renewables. It is a great way to support cooperation among countries and has an important place to occupy in the future energy transition.

New emission reduction target makes CEE countries fear a not-so-just transition

The European Commission has decided to increase the 2030 emission reduction target from 40 to 55%. Mrs von der Leyen herself recognised that it would be too much for some and not enough for others and many countries from CEE are considering it unrealistic.

Taking account of social and environmental impacts ahead of the World Tourism Day

Tourism has been among the hardest hit of all sectors by the COVID-19. On this World Tourism Day, the pandemic represents an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector, including how it contributes to the sustainable development goals.

The importance to have cleaner energy in the retail business – interview with Shell Retail’s Executive VP István Kapitány

István Kapitány, Global Executive Vice President for Shell's Retail business, speaks about the company’s journey through the energy transition and how, especially in the retail area, it is important to have cleaner energy.

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Rethinking the Trans-Balkan pipeline

Sergiy Makogon, GTSOU’s CEO writes about the Trans-Balkan gas transit corridor which should be a warranty of energy security for Southeast Europe.

Investing in renewables is the right response for the climate change challenge

Investments in RES in the EU reached 66% in the first half of 2020. Hungary is stepping up green bond issuance to mobilise additional funds and the Caucasus in interested in increasing its share of RES. However, funds must support the right priorities.

Sonya Twohig appointed new Secretary-General of ENTSO-E

Sonya Twohig has been appointed the new Secretary-General of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity.

French Orano to join Romania’s Cernavoda NPP expansion project

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and his Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban signed a declaration of intent on cooperation in the civil nuclear field, to build units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant and to upgrade unit 1.