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EU plans to mobilize EUR 500 billion in nuclear energy by 2050

EU plans to mobilize EUR 500 billion for nuclear energy by 2050

10 January 2022 - EUR 500 billion in investments is needed by 2050 for the new generation of nuclear power plants, according to EU Commissioner Thierry Breton

Europe approves gas and nuclear, some members oppose the plan

EU endorses gas, nuclear energy amid opposition among member states

06 January 2022 - The European Commission has decided to include nuclear energy and gas in its sustainable finance taxonomy

Fossil fuels received majority of energy subsidies in SEE in 2019

European Commission: Fossil fuels received majority of energy subsidies in SEE in 2019

29 October 2021 - Most energy subsidies in Southeastern Europe in 2019 were directed to fossil fuels, led by Bulgaria and Greece

EBRD expands GEFF household energy efficiency Western Balkans

EBRD expands GEFF program for household energy efficiency in Western Balkans

28 September 2021 - The Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) enabled 9,000 households in the region to invest EUR 45 million in energy savings. The program is growing.

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GEFF helps citizens in Western Balkans take key step in greening residential sector

27 September 2021 - Supported by the EBRD's Western Balkans GEFF programme, citizens of the region have made the first steps in improving energy efficiency in the residential sector.

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Transform and innovate if you want to remain a player in energy sector

30 August 2021 - Innovations are becoming increasingly important in the energy sector, which, though a traditional and regulated one, today is at a huge turning point. Ultimately, if you want to remain a player in the energy sector, in the long run, it is essential to continue to transform and innovate, says Elena Boskov Kovacs.

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Turkish exporters to EU face EUR 771 million burden due to carbon border tax

06 August 2021 - Producers of cement, aluminium, electricity, and steel could face additional costs estimated at EUR 399-771 million in 2026.

Apply for exchange programme for coal regions in Western Balkans, Ukraine, EU

Apply for exchange programme for coal regions in Western Balkans, Ukraine, EU

29 July 2021 - The exchange programme is part of the Initiative for Coal Regions in Transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine.

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Greece sees sharpest coal emissions cut among EU coal-producing countries

19 July 2021 - Greece has achieved a 56.3% reduction in emissions in the sectors covered by the EU ETS, the third best performance among member states.

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EU announces carbon border tax from 2026 – what lies ahead for exporters from Western Balkans, Turkey

16 July 2021 - CBAM will be paid from 2026 on cement, iron, steel, fertilizers, aluminium and electricity, but power producers have on option to be exempted until 2030.

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EU’s climate-neutrality bills unveiled – ban on diesel and petrol cars, carbon border tax on imports

15 July 2021 - The European Commission adopted a package of 12 draft laws in order to achieve net GHG emissions reductions by at least 55% by 2030.

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Coal power stations in Western Balkans emit twice as much SO2 as EU plants

13 July 2021 - The Western Balkans’ 18 coal-fired power plants released twice as much sulfur dioxide in 2019 as all 221 such facilities in the EU.

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European Parliament warns of offshore wind’s negative impact on fisheries

09 July 2021 - The European Parliament has warned of a possible negative impact of new offshore wind farms on fisheries in EU waters.

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Belgrade, Zagreb, Skopje out of race for European Green Capital 2023 as Sofia makes it to final four

08 July 2021 - Sofia is among the finalists for the European Green Capital 2023 award, while Belgrade, Zagreb, and Skopje are out of the race.

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Shell launches Europe’s biggest PEM electrolyzer for green hydrogen

08 July 2021 - Shell has put in operation a 10 MW polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzer for the production of green hydrogen, the largest of its kind in Europe.

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Only a handful of EU countries ban single-use plastics as deadline expires

06 July 2021 - The EU's deadline to ban single-use plastics has passed, but only a handful of member states have done enough to comply.

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