Germany and France back phase-out of gas-fired heating

Germany has backed an energy efficiency requirement for space heating that would effectively prohibit the sale of fossil fuel-fired central heating boilers, even the most efficient gas-fired models.

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MEPs call for tighter methane emission rules, continued support for gas projects

Campaigners have criticised the European Parliament’s industry committee for approving a text that would continue to allow natural gas projects to be listed as ‘projects of common interest’, while environment committee colleagues have endorsed the EU Methane Strategy.


Swedish industry fears EU forest proposals will jeopardise biofuel ambitions

A new biofuels strategy, drawn up by a stakeholder group coordinated by the Swedish government, sees potential for greater uptake of the fuel while signalling risks that recent EU initiatives on forestry will derail the country’s production.


Phase out gas heating through tough efficiency standards, EU told

Without more ambitious regulation to block the sale of fossil fuel-fired boilers and space heaters, Europe stands little chance of meeting its greenhouse gas reduction targets, campaigners have warned as government delegates prepare to discuss proposed ecodesign rules.


Chinese ban on coal finance spells trouble for European projects

China’s president Xi Jinping pledged on Tuesday to end the financing of new coal power projects abroad, dealing a potentially lethal blow to projects in the western Balkans and in Turkey.

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EU top court fines Poland over Turów mine

The Polish government has drawn the ire of environmental campaigners for refusing to cease operations at the Turów lignite mine, even after the Court of Justice of the EU issued a €500,000 daily fine.

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