Germany calls on Shell to clean North Sea rigs

Germany calls on Shell to clean North Sea rigs

Germany says it has called a special meeting of international partners this week to call on Royal Dutch Shell to remove retired oil platforms filled with crude oil in the North Sea. The environment ministry in Berlin said it had informed signatories of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East […]

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EIB postpones decision on funding gas project 

EIB postpones decision on funding gas project 

The board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) says it will invest €8.4 billion in various projects, including €1 billion in sustainable development across the continent. The EIB, the largest public bank in the world, also said it had postponed taking a decision on whether to stop financing fossil-fuel projects until its next board meeting […]

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Germans to pay more for renewables fund 

Germans to pay more for renewables fund 

The surcharge used to fund Germany’s move towards renewable energy (EEG) is due to increase again next year, triggering demands for lower taxes on electricity. The surcharge is a key part of Germany’s policy to switch to renewable sources, called Energiewende, but has been criticised by consumers because it makes up 21 per cent of […]

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Germany to boost domestic flights tax to fund rail travel 

Germany to boost domestic flights tax to fund rail travel 

New German climate protection levies on air travel will be introduced in April next year, giving passengers a reprieve before tickets become more expensive and providing airlines time to adjust their prices.  The tax hikes form part of a climate package in Germany aimed at making Europe’s largest economy carbon neutral by 2050 and are […]

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Experts
Production
Poland’s energy imports rise as coal charges increase

Poland’s energy imports rise as coal charges increase

Poland has imported a record amount of electricity from its neighbours so far this year as suppliers buy cheap, clean electricity, reducing demand for the filthy coal. Poland’s electricity imports rose by 24.6 per cent to 8.1 TWh from January to September 2019 year on year, the power grid operator PSE reported. The increase is […]

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Transmission
Germans to pay more for renewables fund 

Germans to pay more for renewables fund 

The surcharge used to fund Germany’s move towards renewable energy (EEG) is due to increase again next year, triggering demands for lower taxes on electricity. The surcharge is a key part of Germany’s policy to switch to renewable sources, called Energiewende, but has been criticised by consumers because it makes up 21 per cent of […]

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Storage
Carmakers’ body calls for EU hydrogen refuelling investment 

Carmakers’ body calls for EU hydrogen refuelling investment 

Carmakers are calling on the European Union to invest in hydrogen filling stations – with special attention to allowing trucks to operate – to boost an alternative to fossil fuels and electric vehicles. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said: “A strategic plan for the pan-European deployment of infrastructure for fuel-cell vehicles needs to be put […]

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Consumption
No-deal Brexit endangers oil sector, warns Welsh minister

No-deal Brexit endangers oil sector, warns Welsh minister

UK oil refineries would be “massively undermined” by the threat to introduce new tariff rates in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to a minister in the devolved Welsh assembly.  The central UK government has said it would not tax 88 per cent of imports if the crisis-ridden country left the European Union without […]

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Policy
EIB postpones decision on funding gas project 

EIB postpones decision on funding gas project 

The board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) says it will invest €8.4 billion in various projects, including €1 billion in sustainable development across the continent. The EIB, the largest public bank in the world, also said it had postponed taking a decision on whether to stop financing fossil-fuel projects until its next board meeting […]

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Environment
Germany calls on Shell to clean North Sea rigs

Germany calls on Shell to clean North Sea rigs

Germany says it has called a special meeting of international partners this week to call on Royal Dutch Shell to remove retired oil platforms filled with crude oil in the North Sea. The environment ministry in Berlin said it had informed signatories of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East […]

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Industry
Russia looks to ditch dollar for energy deals 

Russia looks to ditch dollar for energy deals 

Russia’s economic minister, Maxim Oreshkin, says Moscow is considering using alternatives to the US dollar for energy transactions and exports to reduce US exposure. Last month Russia’s largest oil company, Rosneft, set the euro as its default currency for all new exports of crude oil and refined products.  “Rosneft has recently adjusted all the new […]

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Opinion

Book Review: Winds, Waves and Tides Swirl in ‘Orkney Islands Saga’

Environment

“Cities are precarious creatures. They are unable to live or breathe without a myriad of lifelines from the surrounding world to feed them, heat them, and take their waste away. Edges can survive without cities (Orkney does every time the lifeline ferry [from the Scottish mainland] stops). But cities cannot survive without their edges; there […]

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By Adding Solar, Portugal Pushes All-In on Renewables

Consumption

In the early fifteenth century, Portuguese explorers began spanning the globe in search of riches in new colonies and trading outposts. They were roughly a century ahead of their maritime European rivals, Britain and Spain, in launching the Age of Discovery. Today, Portugal is once again outpacing its neighbors in embracing a clean energy future. […]

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