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Poland’s District Court judge demands to accelerate the Bełchatów power plant’s closure

A District Court judge in Poland demanded that the operators of the Bełchatów power plant start negotiating with environmental law charity Client Earth to accelerate the plant’s closure and find a solution within three months.

The finest and the poorest National Energy and Climate Plans from CEE

The European Commission has assessed all the Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans for 2021-2030. And countries from Central and Eastern Europe are often mentioned as good examples to follow.

Georgia wants to be on the map of the hydrogen producers

The Georgian government has asked the EBRD to explore the country’s potential for generating green hydrogen which could then be blended and transported to end-users through existing gas pipelines.

IAEA projects 500 GW of new nuclear capacity by 2050 to deliver on climate goals

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said that the decarbonisation of the energy sector by 2050 will be hardly achievable unless the world makes more use of nuclear power.

The untapped renewable energy potential of the Black Sea region

Achieving energy security is at the top of the authorities’ agenda for many countries in the region. Indeed, the Black Sea untapped energy potential could actually serve as a bridge between today’s use of resources and a future based on renewables.

Ukraine’s energy efficiency hindered by a state budget which contradicts the Green Deal

Ukraine is very gradually but surely becoming energy efficient and independent of external energy supplies. However, the draft state budget for 2021 supports the coal industry contradicting the statements of the Green Deal.

EU’s Just Transition Fund risks rewarding inaction?

The EU agreed to establish the Just Transition Fund to reduce the socio-economic costs for those communities and regions that are less equipped to meet the challenges of this transition. However, there is much debate about how to spend this money.

Poland forges partnership for the development of its PV industry

Poland’s Climate Ministry announced that it initiated a partnership with industrial stakeholders and concluded a sector agreement to scale up the national PV industry.

Frans Timmermans and key stakeholders to discuss climate change in Budapest

The Budapest Climate Summit aims to bring together stakeholders from different sectors to face the challenges of climate change together. Moreover, Frans Timmermans will speak about the Commission’s plans to deliver on the objectives set out in the European Green Deal.

EU energy in figures

The Commission released its yearly statistical pocketbook, which covers areas including energy balances, energy production and consumption, electricity capacities, energy prices, main energy indicators, socio-economic data and the impact of the energy sector on climate.

European Parliament Committee votes to cut emissions by 60% by 2030

The majority of MEPs in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee supported to increase the legally binding 2030 GHG emission reductions target to 60% up from the current 40%.

Hungary’s MVM expands its renewables portfolio with 45 solar power plants

MVM increased its renewables portfolio by building a total of 45 small photovoltaic power plants: 21 in the Eastern- and 24 in the South-Western part of Hungary with a maximum installed capacity of 0.5 MW.

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Kosovo to expand its wind capacity with 57.5 mln euros EBRD loan

Kosovo, a country heavily reliant on coal, took a major step towards the decarbonisation of its electricity sector with the help of a 57.5 mln euros loan from the EBRD to finance the construction of a 105 MW wind farm.

PGNiG Upstream Norway acquires two new fields in the North Sea

PGNiG Upstream Norway signed an agreement with Norske Shell to acquire interests in Kvitebjørn and Valemon, two producing fields in the North Sea. The gas produced will be sent to Poland after the Baltic Pipe link is launched.

Antje Kanngiesser appointed new CEO of the Alpiq Group

Antje Kanngiesser has been appointed as the new CEO of the Alpiq Group, the leading Swiss electricity producer.

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.