Moving EV Μanufacturing Into the Fast Lane

Moving EV Μanufacturing Into the Fast Lane

The 2020s started with a pandemic and a war on the European continent. While the former has fostered the twin green and digital transition, the impact of the latter on net-zero targets is still unclear. The automotive sector has felt the hit of both crises.

Citing Force Majeure of Russia’s Invasion, Ukraine Turns Off Gas Flow

Citing Force Majeure of Russia’s Invasion, Ukraine Turns Off Gas Flow

Ukraine stopped the flow of Russian natural gas to Europe on May 11 through the cross-border Sokhranivka station, blaming Russian-backed separatists of siphoning supplies. Gas TSO of Ukraine (GTSOU) reported the occurrence of force majeure, which makes it impossible to further transport gas through the Sokhranivka and the border compressor station (CS) Novopskov, which are

Turning Off Russian Gas, Greece-Cyprus-Israel Think Electric Too

Turning Off Russian Gas, Greece-Cyprus-Israel Think Electric Too

The Energy Ministers of Israel, Greece and Cyprus discussed in a tripartite meeting in Jerusalem on April 11 the effects of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine on the energy markets and agreed to advance specific investment plans in natural gas and electricity projects that will help reduce reliance on Russia. Israel’s National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources Minister Karine Elharrar, Greece’s Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas and Cyprus’ Energy, Commerce and Industry Minister Natasha Pilidou also discussed

Interview: Uzbekistan a Solid Energy Partner

Interview: Uzbekistan a Solid Energy Partner

New Europe sat down in the Uzbek capital during the first Tashkent International Investments forum with the first Deputy Minister for Energy Azim Akhmedkhadjayev, discussing about the strategies and priorities of the central-asian country.

After Ukraine Invasion, Germany Saying Nyet to Russian Energy

After Ukraine Invasion, Germany Saying Nyet to Russian Energy

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put politics in the forefront in the pragmatic energy relationship between Germany and Russia, Munich Security Conference Vice President and CEO Benedikt Franke told New Europe in an interview in Greece on April 6. Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on April 1 it was quitting its business in Germany and the German government said

Energy Citizenship – A New Dimension in Energy Policy Making

Energy Citizenship – A New Dimension in Energy Policy Making

Now is the right time to re-design the way we assess energy progress. Bringing together people from all layers of the energy ecosystem is vital to keep moving forward together within these multiple crises. In times of crisis, what concerns people the most is uncertainty around what is essential. And, by all means, energy is essential for most

Countering Loss of Russian Oil Over Penalties, US Opens Reserve Pump

Countering Loss of Russian Oil Over Penalties, US Opens Reserve Pump

After consultation with allies and partners, US President Joe Biden announced on March 31 the largest release of oil reserves in history, putting one million additional barrels on the market per day on average – every day – for the next six months – to serve as a bridge to greater supply in the months ahead.

Commission Proposes to Make Sustainable Products the Norm in the EU

Commission Proposes to Make Sustainable Products the Norm in the EU

The European Commission presented on March 30 a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. As announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission is proposing new rules to make almost all physical goods on the EU market 

World Food Security – Soil is the Biggest Carbon Sink on Our Planet

World Food Security – Soil is the Biggest Carbon Sink on Our Planet

CEO of the Vassili Group LLC, Sir Chrysostomos Vassil, expressing his views on global food-security and why we all need to take notice. I asked Sir Vassili to give a few examples of why he believes global food security is a serious issue in our present timeThe examples he gave were as follows:

US, EU LNG Plan, Take Russia Out of Energy Loop

US, EU LNG Plan, Take Russia Out of Energy Loop

Following a meeting in Brussels between US President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on March 25, the United States and the EU Commission announced measures to reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian energy, planning to immediately establish a joint Task Force on Energy Security to set out the parameters of this cooperation and execute its implementation.

MEPs Want More Environmental and Social Ambition for Batteries

MEPs Want More Environmental and Social Ambition for Batteries

The European Parliament is ready to negotiate with EU governments on the final shape of the new rules governing the entire battery product life cycle, from design to end-of-life, the Parliament said. During the debate on March 9, MEPs underlined the crucial role that batteries have in the transition to a circular and climate-neutral

Poland to Construct New Wind Farm at Zelechowo

Poland to Construct New Wind Farm at Zelechowo

Poland plans to develop, construct and operate a new 56MW wind farm at Zelechowo in Poland with the support from a loan of PLN 144 (€30 million equivalent) from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the EBRD said on March 9, adding that the project will be co-financed with a commercial lender, mBank S.A.  

How More Sustainable ECB Policies Help Fighting Climate Change and Inflation

How More Sustainable ECB Policies Help Fighting Climate Change and Inflation

In the last months, inflation has risen sharply with price increases among many sectors. Business and citizens have been used to low inflation rates over the past years, and must now adapt to price increases in essential goods and services. This is especially dangerous for vulnerable groups

New European Battery Academy to Boost Skills for Fast-Growing Battery Ecosystem

New European Battery Academy to Boost Skills for Fast-Growing Battery Ecosystem

Despite the pandemic and significant supply disruptions, the European Union has continued to make headway in establishing an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive battery value chain, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, responsible for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, said on February 23.

MEPs Call for Quick Deployment of Offshore Renewables to Meet EU Emission Targets

MEPs Call for Quick Deployment of Offshore Renewables to Meet EU Emission Targets

Members of the European Parliament set out their recommendations on how to deploy offshore wind energy in Europe more quickly, as a means to contribute to the EU’s targets on reducing greenhouse emissions, in a report adopted on February 16. The report, voted on by MEPs in response to a European Commission communication, was adopted