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Regulatory challenges ahead of the hydrogen vision

Despite the tremendous interest in hydrogen technology, the development of the European hydrogen market still has to overcome many regulatory and legislative challenges.

Lithuania to strengthen its energy innovation ecosystem

Lithuania approved an action plan for strengthening the Lithuanian energy innovation ecosystem. This kind of programme will help to effectively implement individual sectoral initiatives, such as the development of hydrogen technologies.

Commission to launch new financing mechanism to boost RES projects

The European Commission has set forward a new financing mechanism for Member States to reach their clean energy targets by enabling them to finance RES projects in different EU countries or hosting RES projects funded by others.

European gas industry calls for binding greenhouse gas reduction target

The European gas industry is calling for a binding 20% GHG intensity reduction target and an 11% EU-wide binding target on renewable gas by 2030, in order to to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Nuclear energy will be an opportunity for Poland’s economy

Clean nuclear energy is to play a major role in Poland to reduce GHG emissions and to open up new opportunities for the Polish labour market. 

Hungarian government to announce further subsidies for e-mobility

Given the success of the subsidy scheme that incentivises the uptake of electric vehicles, Hungary decided to expand the programme, with an additional 2.5 million euro.

Lithuania to create a regulatory environment for offshore wind

Lithuania's Ministry of Energy is submitting to the Government a package of draft laws aimed at creating a clear and transparent regulatory environment for the development of wind energy in the Baltic Sea.

Bulgarian regulator revisits the 335 million euros asset sale of CEZ to Eurohold

Bulgaria’s competition regulator has re-opened the inquiry into Czech utility's planned 335 million euro deal to sell its local assets to financial and insurance group Eurohold Bulgaria, after the Commission for Protection of Competition cited major procedural breaches.

Novus Group to build Ukraine’s first green distribution centre

The EBRD and Ukraine’s food retailer Novus Group are promoting modern retail and logistics standards, with the construction of the country’s first green distribution centre in Kyiv.

Lithuania approves draft law on alternative fuels

Lithuania’s Government approved a draft law on alternative fuels that will help the country increase to 15% the share of RES in the transport sector. it promotes the use of clean vehicles and the local production of biomethane or other advanced biofuels.

Hungary prepares to introduce stricter waste regulations

Back in July, the Hungarian government took decisive action to eliminate illegal waste disposal sites. A new legislation would introduce stricter sanctions and penalise harshly those who are leaving their waste where they shouldn’t.

Romania’s E-Distributie allocates 100 mln euros to modernise its electricity networks

E-Distributie will invest approximately 100 million euros to modernise the electricity network in Bucharest and across Romania, in line with its digitalisation's strategy to pave the way for the energy transition.

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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.