bneGREEN: Fit for 55 – not fit for purpose

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 30, 2022

The EU’s Fitfor55 efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 are woefully inadequate and unable to contain global warming to the 1.5°C target, with reductions of up to 77% needed instead to stand any chance of averting a climate catastrophe.

bneGREEN: Slovenia’s Sigma Energy deploys device to convert sea waves into electricity

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2022

Sigma Energy's full-scale Sigma WEC prototype deployed off Montenegro's Bar in the Adriatic Sea.

bneGreen: Southeast Europe’s first eco-mosque opens in Croatia

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2022

As the climate crisis worsens, there is growing interest in building more eco-friendly places of worship.

bneGREEN: Europe pays what it takes to bring in LNG but still cannot get enough

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 9, 2022

European energy ministers will discuss further options to secure gas supplies and punish Russia.

bneGREEN: Baltic states – except Russia – agree to aim for seven-fold increase in offshore wind

by Roberta Harrington in London August 31, 2022

The heads of governments and energy ministers of the eight countries surrounding the Baltic Sea, apart from Russia, have committed to new volumes of offshore wind.

bneGreen: Heavy rain and flooding linked to climate change cause chaos in Skopje

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 31, 2022

The warmer climate in North Macedonia's capital mean torrential rain and flooding are now more frequent.

NGO says air pollution kills thousands in Bosnia every year

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 29, 2022

The country ranks among the most polluted during winter months as it still relies strongly on coal and wood for heating and electricity generation.

bneGREEN: Europe’s once-in-500-year drought threatens energy, food security

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh August 25, 2022

Europe is facing its worst drought for 500 years, as the European Commission has warned that nearly half of the EU’s territory faces severe water shortages in August, as climate change has caused low rainfall levels and record-high temperatures.

bneGREEN: Europe pays spiralling LNG prices to fill storages

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh August 18, 2022

Europe’s efforts to fill its gas reserves ahead of the coming winter could come with a hefty price tag, as global LNG price have reached up to 10 times their normal levels as the continent scrambles for available cargoes.

bneGREEN: Poverty beckons as UK’s energy prices reach record levels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh August 18, 2022

The record increase in UK wholesale gas prices in the last three years is the prime driver of the sky-high energy bills being faced by consumers, with the country’s renewables roll-out unable to keep prices down.

bneGREEN: Cleaning up the Western Balkans’ waste problem

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 17, 2022

Waste generation has increased sharply in recent decades, but waste management infrastructure has in general failed to keep up.

Serbia to crack down on environmental crime

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2022

Interior minister warns those who destroy Serbia’s natural heritage will be prosecuted after new environmental crime unit files hundreds of criminal reports.

Shipping and agriculture suffer as drought causes dramatic fall in Danube

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2022

Water levels are critically low in Romania, which is both a major EU grain producer and a channel to export Ukrainian grain to international markets.

bneGREEN: Zero-carbon housing a key battleground for climate change

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh August 2, 2022

Zero-carbon housing is a key battleground in combating climate change and global warming, as the residential building sector across Europe has the potential to cut fossil fuel dependency and reduce emissions.

bneGREEN: Europe must double wind and solar deployment

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 29, 2022

EU countries need to double the rate of annual wind and solar capacity additions to reach the volumes required to meet the 1.5C aligned 2030 green capacities, think-tank Ember said in a recent report.

bneGREEN: Green output rises faster than power demand in 2022

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 22, 2022

Renewable power generation has grown faster than sluggish demand so far in 2022, driven by strong capacity additions, IEA data showed, dragging down global power sector CO2 emissions slightly despite rising coal use in Europe.

bneGREEN: Emissions surge to outstrip pre-pandemic levels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 21, 2022

Global emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases rose 6.4% to 51bn tonnes in 2021, eclipsing the pre-pandemic peak of 50.3bn tonnes in 2019 as global economic activity resumed, International Monetary Fund data showed.

Lithuania’s Leafood developing one of Europe’s largest vertical farms

bne IntelliNews July 18, 2022

Investments into vertical farms are increasing as a means to grow more food in smaller spaces and cut water use.

bneGREEN: The need for nuclear in the energy transition

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 9, 2022

Nuclear is set to make a "comeback," with capacity forecast to double between 2020 and 2050 from 413 GW to 812 GW, the IEA said.

RADIOACTIVE: Central Europe remains highly exposed to Russian uranium

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 8, 2022

Europe’s nuclear power sector is starting to worry about its fuel stocks as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is calling into question the security of uranium supplies and processing services provided by Russia.