US Wants Iran Nuke Deal Reinstated, Tied to Safeguards

US Wants Iran Nuke Deal Reinstated, Tied to Safeguards

The US Administration of President Joe Biden says that restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal, must be followed immediately by an agreement on limiting Iran’s missile program and backing of terrorist groups. Meanwhile, Tehran reportedly reiterated that a new deal to halt Iran from having a nuclear bomb is dependent on the lifting of US sanctions placed on the Islamic country.

Colonial Pipeline Restarts Operations after Ransomware Cyber Attack

Colonial Pipeline Restarts Operations after Ransomware Cyber Attack

The largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the US, the Colonial Pipeline, reportedly said on May 12 it initiated the restart of operations after having to shut down following a cyberattack last week which caused gas price hikes as motorists feared fuel shortages.  

ERIELL Wins Uz-Kor Contract for New Works in Aral Sea

ERIELL Wins Uz-Kor Contract for New Works in Aral Sea

ERIELL Group announced on May 10 it has won a tender from Uz-Kor Gas Chemical and signed a contract to work on 150 wells at the Surgil field in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, northwestern Uzbekistan. The tender involves ERIELL Group  carrying out workovers and side-tracking works at the bottom of the Aral Sea.

EU Supports Total Eren’s 100 MW Solar Plant Project in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

EU Supports Total Eren’s 100 MW Solar Plant Project in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The government of Uzbekistan’s plans to develop 8 GW of solar and wind capacity by 2030 have received a major boost following the approval of an €87.4 million financing package jointly organised by, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European investment Bank (EIB) and PROPARCO, a subsidiary of Agence Française de Développement, the EBRD said on May 10, adding that the funds will be used to construct and put into operation a 100 MW photovoltaic solar power plant near the city of Samarkand.

In Afghanistan the Allies Invested in the US’ Security

In Afghanistan the Allies Invested in the US’ Security

After nearly twenty years of engagement in Afghanistan, the United States has now set in motion the process of pulling out all its forces by September of this year. The US’ allies, many of which were caught by surprise by Washington’s announcement, are following suit.

Is Climate Change an Existential Threat to Democracy?

Is Climate Change an Existential Threat to Democracy?

In the long-run climate change is an existential issue for our species. In the short term, it is an existential threat for democracy. As world leaders from the United States to the European Union and India commit to ambitious carbon cuts, we must tie in climate change discussions with an urgent agenda to help democracies rise to this global challenge. Our future rides on it.

German MEP Says EU Must Wean Itself off China’s Batteries

German MEP Says EU Must Wean Itself off China’s Batteries

The European Union should lessen its dependence on China for batteries and green hydrogen electrolysers, Bavarian MEP Henrike Hahn told New Europe on May 4. On May 5, the European Commission updated the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy.

Saudi ACWA Power to Build Largest Single-Site Wind Farm in Central Asia

Saudi ACWA Power to Build Largest Single-Site Wind Farm in Central Asia

In the presence of Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman and Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Investments and Foreign Trade Minister Sardor Umurzakov, ACWA Power signed in Riyadh an implementation agreement with Uzbekistan for the development, construction and operation of a 1500 MW wind power project in Karakalpakstan, the Saudi company said on May 4.

Commission Proposes Easing Restrictions on Non-Essential Travel to The EU

Commission Proposes Easing Restrictions on Non-Essential Travel to The EU

The European Commission proposed on May 3 that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide. “Time to revive European Union tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle – safely,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote in a tweet.

Quick Methane Emissions Cut Could Slow Global Climate Warming by 30%

Quick Methane Emissions Cut Could Slow Global Climate Warming by 30%

A rapid, full-scale effort to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, large-scale agriculture and other human sources could slow the worldwide rate of warming by as much as 30%, a newly published paper in the journal Environmental Research Letters showed on April 27.

Learning the Lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Learning the Lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Thirty five years after the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986 it is now clear that the long term consequences have been very different from those expected at the time. The extraordinary environmental recovery at the site of the explosion and in the surrounding area has shown that it is the impact of human activity which threatens the natural world, not that of nuclear energy nor of the radiation associated with it.

The EU and US Must Steel Themselves for a Tariff Suspension

The EU and US Must Steel Themselves for a Tariff Suspension

There is a famous line that if it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it doesn’t move, subsidize it. While this may not be a true reflection of how governments view the economy, it is correct that subsidies and tariffs are a never-ending source of conflict in international trade relations.      

Reforms in Uzbekistan’s Energy Sector and Cooperation With Major International Financial Institutions

Reforms in Uzbekistan’s Energy Sector and Cooperation With Major International Financial Institutions

Since September 2016, when Shavkat Mirziyoyev began his presidency, Uzbekistan has embarked on a process of deep economic and social reforms. We are determined to make our country more modern and our economy more efficient, to manage it in a more open and accountable way and to become an integral part, not only of the region, but also the global social, political and economic landscape.   

Siemens Energy Inks MoU With Uzbekistan on Hydrogen, Wind Energy

Siemens Energy Inks MoU With Uzbekistan on Hydrogen, Wind Energy

Germany’s Siemens Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry and agreed a roadmap for future, joint projects between the two entities, the ministry said on April 19.  

EU’s 55% Emissions Cut Target for 2030 Requires 27 GW a Year of New Wind Energy

EU’s 55% Emissions Cut Target for 2030 Requires 27 GW a Year of New Wind Energy

Europe needs more wind energy to deliver its 2030 climate and energy goals, WindEurope said in a report on April 13. Europe confirmed €43 billion of investments in new wind farms in 2020, the second highest amount on record and 70% up on 2019,Wind Europe said in its annual report “Wind Energy Financing and Investment Trends,” adding that €17 billion was for onshore wind, covering 13 GW of new capacity and €26 billion was for offshore wind, covering 7 GW of new capacity.