EU and UNEP set out common priorities for environmental co-operation in Latin America and Caribbean

They aim to tackle the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution in the context of the region’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery

China’s coal boom ‘outweighs global coal plant retirements’

China commissioned 38.4GW of new coal plants last year while 37.8GW of coal-fired generation retired globally, according to a new report

EU launches investigation into power exchange EPEX SPOT

The investigation will focus on intraday trading services in at least six member states – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands

EU approves €100m aid to support Greek oil and gas firm affected by pandemic

Energean generates most of its revenues from the sale of crude oil and has suffered severe losses due to the collapse of oil prices in the wake of the pandemic

EU investigates PPC’s behaviour in Greek wholesale electricity sector

The Commission said it is concerned Public Power Corporation may have restricted competition in the Greek wholesale electricity markets with its bidding

MEPs call for carbon price on certain EU imports from less climate-ambitious nations

They believe this would create a global level playing field as well as an incentive for both EU and non-EU industries to decarbonise in line with the Paris climate agreement

EU approves Slovakia’s €1bn support for combined heat and power projects

The EU Commission said the CHP installations, which will be connected to district heating networks in the country, will not distort competition

New anaerobic digestion ‘toolbox’ launched for agricultural sector

It provides information and makes tools available to help AD developers to prepare the evaluation and structuring of the basic economics of their projects

Belgian firm granted €425m EU bank loan for smart meters rollout

Fluvius, a co-operative company owned by 11 inter-municipal companies, has set a target to install smart meters at 80% of its clients’ sites by the end of 2024

Welsh Government appoints new environmental protection assessor

The temporary position was created following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union