Ein Binnenmarkt für Energie – mit zentraler Rolle der EU-Kommission

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Vergangene Woche legte die EU-Kommission ihr lang erwartetes „Energiepaket“ vor. Der Fokus liegt insbesondere auf Maßnahmen zur Verbesserung der Energieversorgungssicherheit durch Integration der nationalen Energiemärkte, die Erhöhung der Gaslieferantenauswahl und einer stärkeren Aufsichtsrolle der EU-Kommission bei Energiefragen. EU-Energiekommissar Šefčovič kritisierte, die Nord Stream 2-Pipeline sei unvereinbar mit den Zielen der Energieunion, da sie die Abhängigkeit von russischem Gas erhöhe. Weitere Initiativen zum Thema Gebäudeenergieeffizienz sind noch in der ersten Jahreshälfte 2016 zu erwarten. Continue reading

A clean energy mix for Northern Africa

IMG_6218On the Southern shore of the Mediterranean, there is an abundance of solar power, but so far it is not efficiently exploited, on its Northern shore, most EU countries have been experimenting particularly in the past decade with various energy mixes to reduce their impact on climate change while securing the energy supply. A delegation of FNF partners from Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, all involved in the climate projects of the foundation in those countries, came to Brussels to study the European case and also learn from the mistakes that were made.

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Upcoming Event: “Shale gas in Europe – potential gains and risks and its impact on foreign policy”

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The shale gas revolution in the US has sparked a heated debate also in Europe. Lower energy prices and energy independence, especially in the context of conflict with and in the European neighbourhood, are the main arguments put forward in favour of shale gas extraction in Europe. But a possible rise in energy consumption, environmental risks and the technical question of how to regulate the extraction, are serious concerns.

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