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Portugal to dump coal power by year’s end

The 1,296 megawatt Sines coal power station in Portugal shut down at midnight last night, almost nine years earlier than had been planned under the country’s initial coal phase out policy.

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Poland adopts ‘historic’ offshore wind law

Polish senators approved on Thursday a new law paving the way for the development of offshore wind farms in the Baltic, as a new survey shows an overwhelming majority of Poles back the renewable energy source.

Transport

Airlines and NGOs urge EU backing for sustainable aviation fuels

Several European airlines have come out in opposition to crop-based biofuels as the European Commission prepares a strategy and legislation to tackle growing emissions in the transport sector that is proving hardest to decarbonise.

Climate

IEA chief urges politicians to prevent post-covid surge in emissions

This year promises to be “pivotal” in the battle to halt global heating, but governments must move quickly to prevent a rebound in fossil fuel consumption, the head of the International Energy Agency Fatih Birol said on Monday as he announced a March summit intended as a “bridge” to the crunch COP26 meeting in November.

Politics & Law

Spain slams Energy Charter Treaty as incompatible with EU climate goals

Madrid has joined a growing chorus of criticism among EU governments of the Energy Charter Treaty describing it as incompatible with the Paris agreement, the European Green Deal and 2050 carbon neutrality in a written parliamentary reply made public this week.

Energy

Electrification and efficiency ‘key’ for cost-effective decarbonisation of heat

Combining a programme of mass energy renovations of homes with electric heating technologies can bring France in line with its climate change targets while keeping costs down, according to a new report by the French government.

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