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Wind energy in Europe

A new report publishing WindEurope – “Scenarios for 2030” – describes three possible scenarios for wind energy capacity installations in 2030 based on analysis of the potential conditions determining wind energy deployment post-2020. According to WindEurope’s Central Scenario, 323 GW

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At least 303 GW of solar PV are now installed world-wide

The International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA PVPS, Paris, France) published its new Snapshot report on April 18th, 2017. This serves as a preliminary assessment prior to the PVPS Trends Report that will be published in Q3 2017.

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Climate scoreboard: EU member states fail to convince with patchy 2050 plans

Only eleven EU Member States delivered a 2050 emissions reduction strategy by 2015 as required by EU law – and the strategies that were submitted vary hugely in quality. These are the findings of the EU LIFE-funded MaxiMiseR project from

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How Denmark’s Samsø island switched to zero carbon

Anyone doubting the potential of renewable energy need look no further than the Danish island of Samsø. The 4,000-inhabitant island nestled in the Kattegat Sea has been energy-positive for the past decade, producing more energy from wind and biomass than

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Climate change impacts in Europe

The observed changes in climate are already having wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems, the economy and on human health and well-being in Europe. New records continue to be set on global and European temperatures, sea levels and reduced sea ice in

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Europe adds 12.5 GW of new wind capacity in 2016 with record €27.5bn in new investments

Wind accounted for 51% of all new power installations in 2016, connecting a total of 12.5 GW to the grid across the 28 EU Member States – 10.923 MW in onshore and 1,567 MW offshore.   Total wind capacity in

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North Sea countries partner up to lower offshore wind cost

The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Norway have vowed to collaborate in terms of planning and constructing offshore wind farms. Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, is the initiator of the cooperation, under which the

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Europe is losing its reputation as a renewable energy leader

Europe is losing its status as a global leader in clean energy, with investment in the region plummeting 21 percent last year, while spending in the rest of the world boomed. A record $328.9 billion was invested worldwide in solar,

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Renewable energy employs 8.1 million people worldwide

More than 8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry – a five percent increase from last year – according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) at its 11th Council

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Europe’s problem with diesel cars

New UK government tests confirm that diesel cars produce a lot more air pollution in real-world driving when compared with the legal tests. Those sold since 2009 emitted six times more nitrogen oxides, on average. Compared with the stricter standards

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