Berlin, Moscow Await Next US Steps on Nord Stream 2

Berlin, Moscow Await Next US Steps on Nord Stream 2

As the new US administration under Joe Biden is reportedly weighing additional sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, the pipelay barge Fortuna is continuing pipelay works in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the pipelay vessel Akademik Cherskiy is implementing preparatory works prior to commencing pipelay.  

Poland Builds First Recycling Plant for Car Batteries with EU Help

Poland Builds First Recycling Plant for Car Batteries with EU Help

With the help of the European Union, Poland will become the site of the first facility in the EU for recycling both car batteries and other waste containing metals, in response to the rapid rise of electric vehicles. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a loan of up to €25 million to Elemental Holding, 

Record EU and US Coal Plant Closures Offset by China Coal Boom in 2020

Record EU and US Coal Plant Closures Offset by China Coal Boom in 2020

A steep increase in coal plant development in China offset a retreat from coal in the rest of the world in 2020, resulting in the first increase in global coal capacity development since 2015, according to a new report led by Global Energy Monitor (GEM). In total, China was home to 85% of the 87.4 gigawatts (GW) of proposed new coal plants in 2020, GEM said in a press release.

EU Backs Kazakhstan’s Strategy to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2060

EU Backs Kazakhstan’s Strategy to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2060

Hoping to become a regional renewable energy leader in Central Asia, Kazakhstan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed an accord to develop a long-term cooperation strategy to achieve carbon neutrality of the country’s power sector by 2060. Kazakhstan’s Energy Minister Nurlan Nogayev and EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso signed the roadmap for the decarbonisation strategy on March 31.

OPEC+ Meets as Saudis Keep Finger on the Pumps, Russia Wants Gradual Output Increase

OPEC+ Meets as Saudis Keep Finger on the Pumps, Russia Wants Gradual Output Increase

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, a group known as OPEC+, convened for talks chaired by Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak via videoconference on April 1, approving the adjustment of the production levels for May, June and July, while agreeing

Uzbekistan Wraps Up New Hydropower Plant on Time Despite Pandemic

Uzbekistan Wraps Up New Hydropower Plant on Time Despite Pandemic

Uzbekistan’s state hydropower producer and developer, Uzbekhydroenergo, announced on March 30 the commissioning of Zarchob Hydropower Plant (Zarchob small HPP-1) after a four-year construction project. The project, which commenced in August 2017 following a Presidential Decree,

MEPs Urge EU to Take Drastic Action to Reduce Marine Litter

MEPs Urge EU to Take Drastic Action to Reduce Marine Litter

Members of the European Parliament stressed that marine litter, and especially micro and nano plastic, “poses a serious threat to a number of marine animal species”, as well as to fishermen and consumers. In a report adopted on March 25 by 646 votes in favour, 3 against and 39 abstentions, MEPs highlighted that an average consumer

Of Nord Stream II and Transatlantic Esteem, Too

Of Nord Stream II and Transatlantic Esteem, Too

The topic of Nord Stream II is very timely as the project’s completion coincides with the waning of the so-called “Golden Age of Gas”. From the wider geopolitical and geo-economic perspective, it is helpful to remind ourselves that the current polarization surrounding the mega-project is not very helpful. The question at hand is: Are we having the right conversation about North Stream II?

Europe Halfway to Closing all of its Coal Power Plants by 2030

Europe Halfway to Closing all of its Coal Power Plants by 2030

As of March 23, Europe is halfway to closing all of its coal power plants by 2030, Europe Beyond Coal said, adding that the 162 plant closure announcements required to reach this point have come in the five years since the historic UN Paris Climate Agreement. Europe Beyond Coal’s countdown covers all 324 coal plants operational in Europe as of 1 January 2016.

World Water Day: EU Encourages Sustainable Management of Resources

World Water Day: EU Encourages Sustainable Management of Resources

Access to drinking water and sanitation are basic human needs and rights, and are fundamental for human dignity, EU High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius said in a joint statement on March 22, adding that water is a shared resource, a critical ecosystem, and its use underpins various sectors of the economy.

Uzbek Energy Minister Sees Low-Carbon Solar, Hydro, Wind Future

Uzbek Energy Minister Sees Low-Carbon Solar, Hydro, Wind Future

Uzbekistan is committed to a low-carbon strategy, improving energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy sources in the Central Asian country’s energy mix, Uzbekistan’s Energy Minister Alisher Sultanov told New Europe in an exclusive interview. “Our country, our government and the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan take the issues of low-carbon energy strategy,

Russia’s Gazprom, Shell Ink 5-Year Strategic Deal

Russia’s Gazprom, Shell Ink 5-Year ''Strategic'' Deal

Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell signed on March 16 an Agreement of Strategic Cooperation for a five-year period, the Russian gas giant said. The signing ceremony was held via a video link in the presence of Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller and Shell CEO Ben van Beurden.

Europe Must Decarbonize 3 Times Faster to Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Europe Must Decarbonize 3 Times Faster to Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Europe must deliver decarbonisation at a rate three times faster than what has been achieved to date if it is to achieve its ambition of net zero emissions by 2050, a new report showed. CERRE’s new report on “Electricity and gas coupling in a decarbonised economy” released ahead of the European Commission’s Fit for 55 Package, unveils the outcomes of a unique state-of-the-art energy system optimisation model,

Israel, Cyprus Plan to Share Aphrodite Gas Field, Talk First

Israel, Cyprus Plan to Share Aphrodite Gas Field, Talk First

Israel and Cyprus have reached an understanding over gas reserves in the Mediterranean Sea straddling their maritime border, resolving a long-time dispute over the offshore resources, which could open up the development of Aphrodite gas field. “What Cyprus and Israel have agreed to is a framework on the basis of which the companies can negotiate

Top 5 Fastest-Growing Renewable Energy Sources

Top 5 Fastest-Growing Renewable Energy Sources

Renewable energy sources are important when trying to win the fight against climate change. They allow us to stop relying on fossil fuels for our energy. The UK Government has pledged by 2050 we will have net zero emissions, and renewable energy sources are a way this can be achieved. In 2019, UK emissions were 42% lower than they were in 1990, which proves the introduction of these energy sources is helping.