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European Union plans to re-write the rules of a $6 billion scheme that pays developing nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions risks stalling climate investment.

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The European Commission wants the ICT sector to cut its CO2 emissions by 20% before 2015 in exchange for the benefits the industry is expected to reap from EU legislation on smart technologies to tackle climate change.

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Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Central and Eastern European countries will push for the Nabucco gas pipeline project during an EU summit in Brussels. The statement came as Germany refused to back public funding for the pipeline, which aims to reduce the EU’s dependency on Russian gas.

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Against all odds, South Eastern Europe’s electricity grid was able to withstand soaring consumption during the January gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

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The European Commission officially adopted two regulations to improve the energy efficiency of house lamps and office, street and industrial lighting products. Meanwhile, industry sources claimed that intelligent lighting systems will ultimately provide greater energy savings.

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The spring EU summit in Brussels had been expected to reach agreement on the EU’s position for global climate negotiations in December. But European leaders are now planning to postpone a decision on funding for developing countries until the next summit in June.

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EU national experts voted in favour of new rules for stricter energy standards for industrial motors, in the first of a string of votes on energy-using products scheduled for this month. Despite the technical nature of the topic, tens of thousands of citizens have shown considerable interest by signing a petition calling for stricter standards.

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