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.
Against all odds, South Eastern Europe’s electricity grid was able to withstand soaring consumption during the January gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
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.
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.
Big gaps remain in a new U.N. deal on global warming meant to be agreed in December and time is running worryingly short with just 265 days left, the U.N. climate chief said.
The capital of Denmark has set itself the ambitious target of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025 by bringing its net carbon dioxide emissions down to zero.
The world must find ways to help non-nuclear states obtain civilian nuclear power to meet energy needs and tackle the threat of climate change, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.