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Top 5 stories of the past week: 10-16 February

During the annual love-themed week, we have prepared for you the top five stories from the past few days.

Can LNG shape Ukraine’s post-war recovery?

As Ukraine fends off a major Russian offensive amid the invasion’s one-year anniversary, we took a look at Ukraine’s post-war demand for natural gas, the potential role of liquified natural gas, obstacles standing in the way of developing domestic infrastructure – and opportunities for LNG infrastructure investments in the context of Europe’s hydrogen ambitions. Read the full story here.

Finding diversification opportunities in the Black Sea: Will the underwater cable find success?

With the announcement last December of an ambitious project to build an underwater electric cable under the Black Sea to support the EU’s diversification efforts, our Editor-in-Chief interviewed Zviad Gachechiladze, Member of the Board of Directors at the Georgian State Electrosystem to discuss the initiative’s origins, major challenges and next steps needed for the project’s completion. Read the full story here.

European Commission’s proposal sets in the EU’s regulatory framework on hydrogen

The European Commission proposed a detailed outline of new rules to develop the bloc’s definition of renewable hydrogen in the EU by adopting two Delegated Acts. The EU’s executive body proposal is part of a broad EU regulatory framework for hydrogen which includes energy infrastructure investments, state aid rules and legislative targets for renewable hydrogen for the industry and transport sectors.  Read the full story here.

What’s next for renewable liquid fuels with the EU’s new 2030 zero-emissions target proposals?

Alongside new hydrogen rules, this week, the European Commission proposed CO2 emissions targets for new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) from 2030. According to FuelsEurope, this proposal forces manufacturers to move almost entirely to battery and fuel cell vehicles from 2040. Yet, there is merely around 1 per cent of electric or fuel cell trucks in operation worldwide – neglecting the role of renewable fuels in solving the EU’s decarbonisation efforts. Read the full story here.

Ukrainian renewables industry voice their concerns to President Zelenskyy

The Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) published an open joint letter to the President of Ukraine, calling Volodomyr Zelenskyy to reaffirm “the invariance of legislative guarantees” for renewable energy investors and contribute to eliminating obstacles for RES producers and creating favourable conditions for the industry’s further development. Read the full story here.

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