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EU aligns sustainability reporting with global standards, but slammed for ‘watering down’ requirements

01 August 2023 - The new rules have drawn criticism for “watering down” the sustainability reporting requirements and smoothing the way for greenwashing

EU adopts new Energy Efficiency Directive

EU adopts new Energy Efficiency Directive, sets 2030 target at 11.7% 

27 July 2023 - Member states agreed to collectively ensure that final energy consumption in 2030 is at least 11.7% lower than what was forecasted in 2020

Europe’s largest steel plant gets up to EUR 2 billion to transition to green hydrogen

26 July 2023 - Germany earmarked grants of up to EUR 2 billion for ThyssenKrupp to decarbonize its steel production processes using hydrogen


ArcelorMittal Belgium to get EUR 280 million in state aid to decarbonize steelmaking

28 June 2023 - ArcelorMittal will substitute one of the two existing blast furnaces with a direct reduction iron plant and phase in green hydrogen

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Montenegro changes law for coal power plant Pljevlja to continue operating

03 March 2023 - Before Montenegro's move, the Federation of BiH extended the operation of EPBiH's Tuzla 4 and Kakanj 5 units


Croatia fails to transpose EU’s Renewable Energy Directive

17 February 2023 - The European Commission has decided to refer Croatia, Hungary and Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union

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EU opens door for putting low-carbon label on hydrogen produced from nuclear power

16 February 2023 - The European Commission has unveiled a set of rules that could allow for hydrogen produced from nuclear energy to be considered green

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Coal regions in Western Balkans and Ukraine lack dedicated funds for just transition

29 November 2022 - The Initiative for Coal Regions in Transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine held an annual meeting in Brussels

Billions of euros to support EU coal regions achieve little for energy transition

15 November 2022 - EU support for coal regions has achieved little for the climate transition, according to the...

Environmental NGOs start legal action against labeling gas as sustainable

NGOs start legal action against EU over including gas in green taxonomy

21 September 2022 - The European Commission has up to 22 weeks to reply, and if it refuses, the NGOs will be able to turn to the Court of Justice of the EU

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EU approves state aid to Greece for 900 MW in energy storage

13 September 2022 - Projects will be selected through a transparent and non-discriminatory bidding process, the European Commission said

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EU asks member states to cut gas consumption by 15% by March

20 July 2022 - It has also proposed a legislation which would allow the commission to introduce a binding target for gas reduction

Timmermans: EU risks conflict, strife due to energy crisis

14 July 2022 - The EU's top official Frans Timmermans claims a short-term return to fossil fuels is needed to prevent the risk of civil unrest

Natural gas, nuclear energy remains part of EU taxonomy - NGOs to file lawsuit

Natural gas, nuclear energy remain part of EU taxonomy – NGOs to file lawsuit

06 July 2022 - The European Parliament rejected the motion to exclude investments in natural gas and nuclear energy from the sustainable finance taxonomy

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Portugal, Spain cap gas prices for power producers to bring down wholesale prices

14 June 2022 - The payments to utilities will be calculated based on the price difference between the market price of natural gas and the gas price cap


EU sets out REPowerEU plan to speed up green energy transition

18 May 2022 - The REPowerEU plan calls for investing an additional EUR 210 billion by 2027 and increasing the share of renewables fto 45% by 2030

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