EU office go electric with EV chargers

An energy infrastructure provider has won a contract to supply the EU offices in Brussels with charging equipment for electric vehicles (EVs). Dutch firm Alfen will also provide its online management tool to track electric car behaviours and control the chargers remotely. The roll-out of the first phase of 60 two-outlet chargers is taking place […]

Brussels and Prague face lawsuits over air pollution

Brussels and Prague are the latest cities facing legal challenges to tackle the pollution crisis. ClientEarth has launched legal action against the two cities for allegedly breaching EU air pollution laws. The cases aim to oblige governments to take robust measures “to bring pollution within legal limits as soon as possible”. The Brussels case is […]

Oil price drops further – DMR

The price of oil has fallen to $57 a barrel (£36/Bbl) today, according to npower’s daily market report. Tim Carter from npower’s optimisation desk said: “That’s down from opening levels yesterday by around 5%.” This is partially due to the outcome of the Greek referendum weakening the euro. The gas system is forecast to close […]

Libya aims for 20% renewable energy by 2020

Libya plans to generate a fifth of its power from renewable sources by the end of the decade, according to reports. The nation currently relies almost entirely on its oil and gas reserves for its energy needs. At a conference on sustainable energy in Brussels, the country’s Electricity Minister Dr Ali Mohammed Muhairiq said: “In […]

British oil executive gunned down in Brussels

Belgian authorities are investigating the murder of a British oil executive who was gunned down in Brussels earlier this month. Police in Belgium are searching for a gunman and an accomplice after Nicholas Mockford, 60, who worked at US oil firm ExxonMobil’s offices near the Belgian capital, was killed on October 14 when leaving an […]

EU environment chief: Rio+20 was better than nothing

The EU’s environment chief has effectively admitted the Rio+20 summit last month was disappointing but stressed the agreement was better than nothing. In a speech in Brussels on Wednesday Janez Potočnik, the European Commissioner for Environment said: “Together with my colleagues in the Commission, I have been clear that we would have wanted more. For […]

Ban Ki-moon hails EU sustainability initiative

A European initiative which aims to give access to electricity to some 500 million people around the world by 2030 has been praised by the United Nations Secretary General. The ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ initiative is a global partnership between governments, the private sector and civil society. By 2030 the initiative aims to ensure universal access to […]

UK business will suffer because of green policy, MPs warn

Continuing with a unilateral Carbon Price Floor is likely to harm UK business whilst simultaneously have little to no effect on reducing emissions in Europe. This was the message from MPs on The Energy and Climate Change Committee, who released a report on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) today. The EU ETS is […]

Eurozone economy talks influencing energy markets

The economic situation in the Eurozone is set to be a major influence on prices in the UK’s energy market, according to the latest market update from energy supplier npower. As EU leaders meet in Brussels to thrash out a deal for the Eurozone this week, there’s a warning that the outcome could affect UK […]

Energy firms form new European energy storage group

Thirteen firms from the energy industry have formed a group to promote the role of energy storage in the Europe market this week. The Brussels-based European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) counts French energy supplier EDF, British engineers at Siemens and green energy producer DONG Energy among its founding members. Italy’s largest power company […]