Sunday, January 17, 2021

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Overnight-trains make a comeback in Europe as an eco-friendly alternative of flying

The charm of an overnight train journey is unparalleled. The reinvented night-train service could be an alternative for budget airlines allowing travellers to opt for more environmentally-friendly mobility.

A new push for the development of the European hydrogen economy

22 EU Member States signed the Manifesto for the development of a European Hydrogen Technologies and Systems value chain. Countries from CEE are also on board, however, according to 5 Member States, the text is not clear.

Food for thought: how should we rethink our food system

The pandemic should be a warning sign that we need to rethink and transform the global food supply chains to become more resilient, but also more sustainable.

Proposed revision of TEN-E policy heats up debates over the future role of gas infrastructure

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to revise the TEN-E Regulation to align it with the objectives of the Green Deal. However, continued eligibility of gas projects for funding under the new rules sparks concern.

McKinsey: Europe can achieve climate-neutrality by 2050 at net-zero cost

In its latest report, McKinsey & Company demonstrates that there is a cost-optimal, feasible pathway to reduce the EU’s emissions by 55% by 2030 and becoming climate-neutral without compromising prosperity.

EP and Member States agree to cut funding for fossil fuels under the Just Transition Fund

Investments in fossil fuels will not receive funding under the Just Transition Fund. However, gas projects that meet the taxonomy criteria of 'do no significant harm' could still access funding from the regional development fund until 2025.

Hungary to reach 6 GW of solar power capacity by 2030

Hungary aims to achieve a three-fold increase of solar capacity by 2030 in the industrial and household sectors combined. The goal is to increase the rate of carbon-free electricity production to 90%, relying on nuclear and solar energy.

Hungary in talks with Russia on new gas supply deal

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that Hungarian and Russian state-owned companies involved in the natural gas trade between the two countries could begin talks on a new gas supply deal.

Lotos to develop eco-asphalt with Gdańsk University of Technology

LOTOS Asfalt in cooperation with the Gdańsk University of Technology undertook to develop innovative eco-asphalt for Polish roads that will significantly contribute to the reduction of air pollution in the area of the road lane.

Czech Coal Commission proposes coal exit by 2038

The Czech Republic’s Coal Commission recommended withdrawing from coal mining by 2038, also considering scenarios of an earlier (2033) and later (2043) coal-exit as well. The final decision rests now with the Czech government.

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Innogy signs an agreement with Czech Ministry of Industry to introduce new energy-saving measures

Innogy has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to improve the country’s energy efficiency and introduce energy-saving measures. Thus, the country is aligning with the EU Directive that obliges countries to save 0.8% of their yearly energy consumption by 2030.

A hundred efficient solutions to reverse global warming

Not only one book, but a hundred efficient solutions to stop the climate catastrophe. The New York Times bestseller edited by Paul Hawken, Drawdown, offers many ways to save our planet. And avoiding food waste is only one of them.

Flexibility will be a key word for gas markets in 2021

In spite of an expected gradual recovery in 2021, the COVID-19 crisis will have long-lasting impacts on natural gas markets. Market players have to adjust their strategies to a highly volatile environment and the repercussions of the pandemic could trigger fundamental changes.

Poland’s chance to become the leading regional player on offshore wind

Poland has adopted the Offshore Wind Act. A historic day for a country that as of today has no offshore wind capacity installed. The first wind farms will appear in 2024 and in 20 years from 8 to 11 GW of offshore wind power capacity will be installed.