EU fails to set tougher climate targets before December U.N. conference

from Reuters BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union government leaders declined on Friday to set tougher targets for fighting climate change, dashing hopes they would inject momentum into a United Nations climate conference in Chile in December. At a two-day EU summit in Brussels, which was largely dominated by Brexit, discussion on climate was relegated to…

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The decline of Weather Dependent Renewables in Europe: 2008 – 2018

Reposted from edmhdotme Introduction The EurObserv’ER organisation publishes data annually on all types of EU28 Renewable installations and their productivity.  EurObser’ER is backed by the EU and promotes the transition to Renewables.  Their report for Solar power in 2019 here is a typical example of their annual data output for each technology. Photovoltaic barometer 2019…

CO2 Emissions Up As Europeans Switch From Diesel To Gasoline Cars

From Politico Eu Switching fuels is endangering efforts to reach EU emissions targets. By Kalina Oroschakoff 5/4/19, 5:07 PM CET Updated 4/5/19, 4:15 PM CET The aftermath of the Dieselgate scandal is pushing drivers to switch from diesel to gasoline cars, undermining efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions from road transport. Average CO2 emissions from…

Planned German coal exit boosts case for Nord Stream 2

From euobserver Anti-coal protest in Germany in June 2018, days ahead of the coal commission’s first meeting. The commission published its report over the weekend (Photo: mw238) By Peter Teffer Brussels, 28. Jan, 09:24 Germany should gradually close down its coal-fired power plants by 2038, an advisory commission has said in its final report, published…

EU Faces Time Crunch To Agree New CO2 Limits For Cars And Trucks

From Forbes Dave Keating Contributor 2018 was an important year for EU energy legislation, as lawmakers rushed to complete the promises of President Jean-Claude Juncker before the end of the term in just four months time. But it is still uncertain whether these new energy laws, including the bloc’s first limits on CO2 emissions from…

EU, U.S. CO2 reductions completely overwhelmed by world’s developing nations fossil fuel driven emission increases

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin The world’s developing nations are defying the Paris climate agreement with continued and growing use of cost effective and reliable fossil fuels including coal, natural gas and oil while making little progress in use of high cost unreliable renewables as demonstrated by the graph from a recent Wall Street Journal…