EU has unveiled a new clean energy target

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The EU aims to derive 32% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 The European Union has announced that it will be raising it’s clean energy target. European counties have been working to increase their consumption of clean energy for some time. Previously, the EU had aimed to derive 27% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Now, the EU has raised this target to 32% in the same time frame. New deal could build confidence among investors The new target has been welcomed by some environmental groups,…

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EU and China are looking to lead the world with green investments

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EU and China intend to establish new international order The European Union and China will work together to use clean power and technology to create and lead a new international order. Both the EU and China have become major proponents of the Paris Agreement, which calls upon countries to reduce their emissions by embracing clean technologies and new energy sources. The initiative has helped spark an increase in green investments throughout the world. China has been especially aggressive in this regard, with the EU following suit. Both intend to establish…

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EU issues new guidance for renewable energy projects

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New documents aim to ensure clean power projects are being developed responsibly The European Commission has issued new guidance to help European governments during the planning phases of renewable energy projects. The Commission has issued two guidance documents as part of the EU Action plan for nature, people, and the economy. These documents aim to improve biodiversity within the European Union while ensuring that new energy projects can be developed safely and in an affordable manner. The environmental risks of clean power projects are becoming a concern Environment, Fisheries, and…

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Clean vehicles could thrive through Shell’s ambitious proposal

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Shell calls for a ban on gas and diesel vehicles by 2035 Shell has proposed banning the sale of all new gas and diesel powered vehicles in the United States, European Union, and China by 2035. The company suggests that the ambitious proposal would help countries meet the emissions reduction targets outlined by the Paris Agreement. Shell claims that the transition toward clean vehicles could occur faster than most expect. Notably, the company believes that autonomous electric vehicles will play a major role in helping accomplishing this goal. Clean vehicles…

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Netherlands is lagging behind in renewable energy adoption

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CBS data shows that the Netherlands is falling short of its EU targets The Netherlands is making some progress on 17 targets set by the United Nations, but is falling behind when it comes to meeting the targets concerning climate protection, renewable energy, economic stability, and social equality. Data from CBS, a national statistics office, shows that the country is performing well in meeting the other targets, but embracing clean power and fighting climate change have been complicated issues. In terms of adopting renewable energy and cutting emissions, the Netherlands…

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New project seeks to bring hydrogen fuel cell generators to Europe

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Everywh2ere project will replace diesel generators with hydrogen-powered counterparts A new project has been launched in the European Union. The project is called Everywh2ere and intends to create replacements for conventional diesel generators. Twelve companies from across Europe will be participating in the project over the next five years. The European Union has invested some $8.6 million into the initiative. If successful, the project will produce generators that are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Prototype generators will be tested at public events and construction sites The project will be integrating…

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EU could reach a higher renewable energy goal by 2030

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Report suggests that the EU may need to show more support for clean power The European Union could set up more aggressive clean power targets for itself, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report suggests that the EU is capable of reaching higher targets, which could have a significant impact on the fight against climate change. According to the report, the EU is capable of deriving no less than 34% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. If successful, this would allow…

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Wind energy achieves new milestone in Europe

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Wind power sets a new generation record in Europe last month Wind energy reached a new milestone in Europe at the end of October. On October 28, wind farms in 28 countries throughout the European Union generated approximately 25% of all the electricity that was used in Europe. This is approximately 153.7 gigawatts, which is enough to power about 197 million homes. Wind energy has grown very quickly in Europe, especially as the cost of wind turbines continues to fall. Several countries have also shown strong support for offshore projects,…

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Croatia increases its renewable energy incentives

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Country aims to raise its clean power capacity with higher incentives Croatia has announced that it will be increasing incentives designed to promote the adoption of renewable energy. These incentives have been provided by the government for some time. They have helped make Croatia an attractive home for renewable energy projects. Several companies have come to the country to take advantage of these incentives, thus making Croatia’s clean power economy much stronger. By increasing incentives, Croatia hopes to further bolster its renewable energy capacity. New tariffs and quotas will be…

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European transport companies come together to develop new fuel cell vehicles

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German and Italian companies will work together to bring more fuel cell vehicles to Europe German and Italian public transportation companies are coming together in order to help develop new fuel cell buses in Europe. This is part of a larger European Union initiative that aims to cut down on urban emissions and improve the overall air quality of European cities. The German and Italian companies are seeking to develop 63 new fuel cell vehicles, which will serve as public transit solutions in major urban areas. New buses will help…

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European utilities vow to abandon coal in favor of renewable energy

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Utilities promise to stop investing in coal after 2020 Utilities throughout Europe have come together to pledge not to build any new coal plants after 2020. Every European country, apart from Poland and Greece, will be working to move away from coal in favor of cleaner forms of power. The announcement comes from Eurelectric, which represents some 3,500 utilities in Europe. According to the organization, utilities have committed themselves to deliver on the promises made through the Paris Agreement, which calls for a significant reduction in emissions and a greater…

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European countries are struggling with the Paris Agreement

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Only three countries are on track to comply with the Paris Agreement Sweden, Germany, and France are the only European countries that are pursuing policies that will allow them to meet the commitments they made through the Paris Agreement, according to a recent study from the EU Climate Leadership Board. The European Union, as a whole, has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. Some countries seem to be taking this pledge more seriously than others, however, which could lead the region to mission its emissions reduction targets…

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Germany’s wind energy market grows aggressively in 2016

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Wind energy market in Germany leads installation growth Germany is quickly becoming the largest wind energy market in Europe. The country has invested heavily in the wind sector over the past few years in an effort to become environmentally friendly and reduce its reliance on fossil-fuels. According to data from WindEurope, and industry group, Germany installed more wind capacity in 2016 than any other European country. This has established Germany as a leader in the region’s wind energy market. Germany installed 12.5 GW of new wind capacity last year The…

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European Investment Bank upholds commitment to fight climate change

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Bank announces plans to continue efforts to fund the fight against climate change The European Investment Bank has announced that it will uphold its $20 billion a year investment target in its continued effort to fund the fight against climate change. The bank intends to invest these funds ever year over the next five years. Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank, suggests that Europe must lead the world against those that would deny the existence and potentially devastating impact of climate change. Hoyer has also called upon the…

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Europe aims to put a cap on renewable energy production

European Commission draft law seeks to pay companies to stop producing renewable energy Regulators from the European Union are looking to pay energy companies to stop generating electricity in order to create a safeguard against renewable energy blackouts. The European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, will be publishing a draft law which will allow for paying more for surplus energy supply. Much of the money set aside by the law will be funneled to renewable energy companies, which will be providing electricity only when it is needed…

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UK continues to invest in its growing hydrogen fuel infrastructure

ITM Power aids the UK in building a hydrogen fuel infrastructure Momentum is growing behind the United Kingdom’s efforts to build a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure. ITM Power, a leading developer of hydrogen solutions, has opened a new fueling station in Teddington, which is east of London. The new station is the first of its kind and was built with the support of the UK government and the European Union. The station is the first of its kind, able to produce large volumes of hydrogen on site, which eliminates the…

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