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EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the implementation of the Energy Union. Looking at what has been discussed so far, the strategy may not prioritise energy efficiency enough to help Europe become climate-friendly. by Petr Hlobil, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss… » read more

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With Ukraine’s ongoing fight for sovereignty and integrity emphasising once more the country’s energy vulnerability in front of Russia, the need to radically reform the Ukrainian energy sector became crucial for the survival of the country. And yet, moves in this direction are way too slow. Despite positive rhetoric on the need to prioritise energy… » read more

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The European Investment Bank is gearing up for an increased role in spurring growth in Europe as set out by the new Juncker Commission. Yet as Europe’s 2030 climate targets are being undermined by some countries the bank that wants to be a leader in climate action must keep in mind that we can no… » read more

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Montenegro’s new draft energy strategy needs cutting down to size if environmental and economic damage is to be avoided. by Pippa Gallop, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Looking at the Montenegro government’s draft White Paper on the country’s Energy Development Strategy until 2030, due to be approved on June 19, you would never think that… » read more

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Complimented for its restrictions of coal lending, a closer look at the EBRD’s new energy strategy reveals a shocking lack of operational knowledge to implement the ambitions outlined in its executive summary. by Ionut Apostol, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog On Tuesday this week, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a new… » read more

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With the United Kingdom, another major shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is divesting from coal overseas. What does this mean for the upcoming decision on the EBRD’s energy strategy? by Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The UK government yesterday announced that it would “end support for public financing of… » read more

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Monday morning in Warsaw, climate activists staged a public action in front of the Polish Ministry of Economy – the venue for the greenwashing Coal and Climate Summit – to voice their outrage and reiterate a simple reality: there is no such thing as clean coal. Organizations involved in the action included Polish Youth Climate… » read more

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A new law that will redraw the Czech Republic’s approach to renewable energy is suspected to bring the development of the Czech renewables sector to a standstill and instead provide a boost for the country’s fossil fuel sector. by Ondrej Pasek, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog No sooner had Polish prime minister Donald Tusk reaffirmed… » read more

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In an open letter sent today to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 54 civil society organisations follow up from last weeks consultations on the bank’s new energy sector strategy and ask the president to ensure that the EBRD addresses the challenges of climate change with the urgency it deserves. We… » read more

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Land expropriation and corruption have been two recurring themes at the Kolubara mine. This week’s arrests indicate that they are closely connected. by Zvezdan Kalmar, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Recent developments in Serbia forebode gloomy times for the country’s energy company EPS. After the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s confirmation on Friday that… » read more

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