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Commission rejects state aid for nuclear energy

Press release | October 9, 2013 at 9:30

Brussels - Yesterday, European Commissioners held an orientation debate on the revision of the Commission’s energy and environmental aid guidelines that provide the framework for assessing national state aid measures.

Publications

Topic | April 14, 2010 at 0:00

New report illustrates why energy giants want to keep EU dependent on imported fossil...

Press release | October 9, 2014 at 10:28

Brussels – As European Union (EU) leaders prepare to decide on the future of Europe’s energy supply, a new report details why our largest energy companies want the EU to continue to rely on imported fossil fuel despite the political,...

Backgrounders

Topic | May 9, 2011 at 10:37

Backgrounders

Climate & energy

Topic | January 25, 2011 at 9:41

Comment on EU summit discussion on energy

Press release | May 22, 2013 at 14:41

Brussels, 22 May 2013 – Today, European leaders are meeting to discuss how the EU can ensure the supply of affordable, safe and sustainable energy. EU governments are keen to cut rising energy prices and are under pressure to back seemingly...

Proposed EU nuclear safety rules won't rule out a European Fukushima

Press release | June 13, 2013 at 11:44

Brussels – The European Commission today released a long-awaited proposal for new EU-wide nuclear safety rules. These proposals come in the wake of EU nuclear stress tests, which were prompted by the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011. Although...

EU leaders likely to reinforce inconsistencies of energy union plan

Publication | March 18, 2015 at 11:58

MEDIA BRIEFING - On 19 and 20 March, European leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels are expected to endorse the European Commission’s plan for a European energy union [1]. The plan sets out the Commission’s proposed priorities for EU energy and...

EU leaders move forward on Paris climate deal but struggle to shrug off coal, Greenpeace

Press release | March 19, 2015 at 21:07

Brussels – The EU’s domestic energy plans are struggling to keep up with its climate change diplomacy, warned Greenpeace after a summit of European leaders in Brussels.

Smoke & Mirrors - How Europe’s biggest polluters became their own regulators

Publication | March 5, 2015 at 8:30

The European Union is in the process of defining new standards limiting pollution from coal-fired power stations in the EU – a once-in-a-decade opportunity to clamp down on toxic emissions killing thousands of people every year.

Coal pollution limits leave EU trailing behind China

Publication | April 9, 2015 at 10:37

An EU expert body has released new draft coal plant pollution limits that are weaker than existing standards in China, the United States and Japan. The draft has only marginal changes compared to information released by Greenpeace in March,...

Memorandum on the incompatibility of state aid to Hinkley Point C with the internal...

Publication | September 24, 2014 at 10:16

State aid to the Hinckley Point C new nuclear power station – violation of Article 8 (1) of Directive 2009/72/EC – incompatibility with the internal market.

Leaked paper shows Commission could grant unprecedented taxpayer funding for Hinkley...

Press release | October 1, 2014 at 12:01

Brussels – A leaked paper disclosed by German magazine der Spiegel [1] has shown the European Commission is on the verge of approving eye-watering amounts of public funding to build nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point, in the United Kingdom,...

Sell-out on UK nuclear plan exposes Commission to legal challenges

Press release | October 8, 2014 at 10:28

Brussels – The European Commission has for the first time cleared a plan for taxpayers to heavily subsidise the construction of a nuclear power plant in the EU. Two new reactors at Hinkley Point, in the United Kingdom, will receive up to €20...

Frau Merkel, M. Hollande: say no to coal and nuclear energy; yes to an energy...

Press release | February 19, 2014 at 10:58

Paris - This morning at 6.30am, a few hours before a Franco-German council of ministers in Paris, ten Greenpeace activists dumped five tonnes of coal from a lorry in front of the Elysée Palace, the residence of the French President. The lorry was...

Greenpeace submission to the European Commission on the UK nuclear plan at Hinkley Point

Publication | April 7, 2014 at 11:59

The GP submission outlines how the Hinkley plan would violate EU competition rules.

Annex II Hinkley Point

Publication | April 7, 2014 at 13:00

State Aid Submission Hinkley Point - Annex II

Annex III Hinkley Point

Publication | April 7, 2014 at 13:00

State Aid Submission Hinkley point - Annex III

Annex I Hinkley Point

Publication | April 7, 2014 at 13:30

State Aid Submission Hinkley Point - Annex I

Report: EU_nuclear_stress_test_action_plan_review

Publication | April 12, 2013 at 9:30

The nuclear stress tests announced after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 were supposed to be a transparent exercise to reduce the risk of nuclear energy in Europe. As a result of the EU stress tests, the countries with nuclear power...

Briefing: Updated review of EU nuclear stress-tests

Publication | April 12, 2013 at 9:30

In May 2012, Greenpeace commissioned a study independently analysing the outcomes of the stress tests. A year later, one of the lead-authors of this study took a closer look to what extent the national action plans are indeed sufficiently...

Commission ignores emissions from tar sands under EU clean fuel standards

Press release | October 7, 2014 at 12:58

Brussels – Oil from tar sands and other high carbon sources would be excluded from fuel carbon accounting under a plan released today by the European Commission, warned Greenpeace.

Good cop, bad cop and the usual suspects at the EU October summit

Publication | October 17, 2014 at 13:05

MEDIA BRIEFING - Next week, on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October, EU leaders will meet in Brussels to agree on EU climate and energy targets up to 2030.

Summary

Topic | January 25, 2010 at 9:41

Comment on Almunia support for Hinkley nuclear plan

Press release | September 22, 2014 at 16:01

Brussels – Commenting on media reports of European competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia’s support for the approval of public funding for the construction of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station, Greenpeace EU legal adviser Andrea Carta...

Activists to EU ministers: people want renewable energy and energy efficiency

Press release | October 6, 2014 at 11:12

Brussels/Milan – Greenpeace volunteers delivered a message to EU ministers for energy and environment meeting today in Milan. Activists from Italy, Germany, France and Austria unfurled a banner reading “people want renewables and energy...

Tied down: Why Europe’s energy giants want to keep us hooked on imported fossil fuels

Publication | October 9, 2014 at 10:09

Greenpeace’s report "Tied down: Why Europe’s energy giants want to keep us hooked on imported fossil fuels", shows Europe’s eight biggest power companies rely on imports for a third of their revenue from EU sales of power and gas. In 2011, they...

European Commission proposals for EU climate and energy policies for 2030

Publication | January 15, 2014 at 8:00

UPDATED ON 20 JANUARY 2014 - A Greenpeace media briefing on the 2030 climate and energy package

Energy

Topic | June 6, 2011 at 16:26

Europe's energy policy is at a crossroads. Its grid infrastructure and many power stations are ageing and major investment decisions are being taken. Important issues are at stake; energy security, stability of supply, growing demand, the risks...

Briefing: Commission debate on State aid to nuclear

Publication | October 8, 2013 at 12:32

“The Commission should not issue guidelines for state aid to the nuclear sector; subsidising new nuclear plants creates unjustifiable market distortions and environmental risks. Furthermore, DG Competition lacks the experience and the knowledge...

Commission releases garbled energy union plan

Press release | February 25, 2015 at 11:30

Brussels – The European Commission has released a patchwork of policies as its plan for a European energy union, said Greenpeace.

2014

Topic | January 14, 2014 at 15:25

2014

2015

Topic | January 12, 2015 at 12:06

2015 Publications

Commission energy security plan would prolong addiction to EU energy imports

Press release | May 28, 2014 at 13:15

Brussels – Greenpeace has criticised a European Commission plan on EU energy security released today for potentially prolonging Europe’s addiction to energy imports of polluting and expensive fossil fuels.

Media briefing: draft EU plan misses out on huge potential to cut energy imports, report

Publication | June 25, 2014 at 8:00

Strong EU commitments on renewable energy and energy efficiency could reduce the need for imports by 45 per cent by 2030 compared to the EU’s existing plans, according to a new report released today. The report comes as EU leaders prepare to meet...

Activists blame role of energy companies in EU’s ‘dangerous driving’ on energy security

Press release | June 27, 2014 at 8:48

Brussels – In a daring action during a summit of Europe’s most powerful political leaders in Brussels, activists have blamed Europe’s largest energy companies for fuelling the EU’s dependence on energy imports. Draft EU plans on energy would play...

EU summit: to Russia with love… and cash

Press release | March 21, 2014 at 13:39

Brussels – EU leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels have postponed decisions on a new climate and energy deal that could help wean Europe off expensive energy imports, said Greenpeace. The heads of state and government recognised the need for...

Ecofys Report: The next step in Europe’s climate action: setting targets for 2030

Publication | June 11, 2013 at 0:00

Policy report commissioned by Greenpeace EU

Media briefing on the Commission’s energy security strategy

Publication | May 28, 2014 at 8:30

The Ukraine crisis has once again highlighted Europe’s vulnerability to energy import disruptions. There is a risk that, as in 2006 and 2009, gas imports from Russia through Ukraine could drop or dry up completely. These imports represent over...

G7 shouldn’t sacrifice European security to suit energy giants

Press release | June 4, 2014 at 9:00

Brussels – As the G7 meets in Brussels today to agree a response to the Ukraine crisis, Greenpeace warned the leaders of the world’s major industrial nations not to sacrifice Europe’s security and the climate for the benefit of the fossil fuels...

EU energy ministers warm to 2030 efficiency target

Press release | June 13, 2014 at 13:30

Luxembourg/Brussels – Discussions between European energy ministers today in Luxembourg have revealed growing support for energy efficiency, said Greenpeace.

Will EU leaders pick a winner… for energy security?

Press release | June 25, 2014 at 9:37

Brussels – As EU leaders consider measures to improve Europe’s energy security at a summit in Brussels, a new report has exposed European Commission plans as woefully inadequate to cut reliance on energy imports, said Greenpeace. The report...

Activists protesting at EU summit released from police custody

Press release | June 27, 2014 at 16:07

Brussels – Thirty-five Greenpeace activists who took part in a protest against EU energy policies at an EU summit in Brussels this morning are being released by police after being held in custody for several hours. The climbers from six European...

Commission energy efficiency plan a gift to oligarchs

Press release | July 23, 2014 at 14:44

Brussels – Greenpeace has criticised a European Commission plan on energy efficiency released today for failing to respond to Europe’s energy import dependence and the challenge of climate change.

Fear of change could precipitate demise of Europe’s energy giants

Press release | February 26, 2014 at 11:26

Brussels – Europe’s largest power companies are in trouble because of their reluctance to question dated business models in the face of far-reaching structural changes to Europe’s energy market, according to a new report released today [1].

EU energy ministers should get back in the saddle on climate and energy policy,...

Press release | March 4, 2014 at 9:00

Brussels – Energy ministers meeting in Brussels today will discuss for the first time the European Commission’s EU climate and energy policy package for 2030.

Energy: a thorny issue for the EU summit

Publication | March 19, 2014 at 8:03

Top billing at this week's EU summit (20 and 21 March) will go to the crisis unfolding in Ukraine. Beyond immediate security concerns, developments in Crimea are likely to focus the minds of EU leaders on the need to strengthen the EU’s energy...

European leaders play Russian roulette with energy policy

Publication | May 6, 2014 at 9:30

Russia's annexation of Crimea has sparked intense political debate about Europe’s dependence on Russian energy and pushed the issue onto the agenda of several high level political meetings. The G7 group of leading industrialised economies,...

Report: Silent Killers

Publication | June 11, 2013 at 20:24

A Greenpeace International report on the health effects of coal power

Reaction to Oettinger comment on nuclear state aid reported in Süddeutsche Zeitung

Press release | September 19, 2013 at 10:46

Brussels – German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung has reported statements by European energy commissioner Günther Oettinger suggesting to EU nuclear regulators earlier this year that state aid rules should be changed to allow public financing of...

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