The number of EU countries on board with a pledge to go carbon neutral by 2050 has grown rapidly in recent months – with 18 out of 28 now supporting the policy. Germany, Greece, Italy and Slovenia have added their names to the list of member states, according to internal EU documents – paving the way for an EU-wide policy to be adopted at a summit next week. Momentum has built for the plan since the last European Council summit in March when just eight countries supported the move. The commitment by Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and a major polluter, is significant – given Angela Merkel’s government’s previous reticence. Opinion polls suggest Ms Merkel’s party faces being eclipsed by the country’s Green party, with environment up the agenda. Greens also did well across the continent in European elections.
Independent 17th June 2019 read more »
EU publishes directive, regulations for Clean Energy Package. The two documents urge member countries to adopt more favorable legislative frameworks to help improve operation of renewables and distributed generation in relation to other energy networks of gas or heat. The new provisions are also expected to facilitate the development of energy communities and aggregators, while opening the market for flexibility services to small power producers.
PV Magazine 17th June 2019 read more »