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Client Earth criticises development banks’ lending policies

A top environmental law agency has applauded European Commissioner for Climate Policy Connie Hedegaard for her stance on development banks’ lending practices to fossil fuel power generators.

Amended Polish energy law ‘deficient’

ClientEarth has performed an analysis of amendments made to Poland’s energy legislation and concluded that the country will continue to face substantial fines.

Bulgaria denies providing illegal aid to coal power generators

An accusation by environmental law firm Client Earth that the Bulgarian government has been flouting the law on state aid has been firmly denied.

Poland draws fire over emissions request for unbuilt plants

Poland has been slammed for today asking the European Commission for free greenhouse gas emission allowances for 13 unbuilt power stations.

Biomass UK defends green credentials as scepticism persists

Biomass UK has launched a renewed defence of the technology as environmental agencies continue to question its credentials in the clean energy space.

Poland makes Paris ratification conditional on new coal plant development

The Polish government says it will not ratify the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change unless it receives financial guarantees from Brussels for the construction of new coal-fired power generation capacity.

German plans for coal power reserve may hit snag

Germany’s economy ministry is confident that its decision to pay companies to shift power capacity to a coal-fired power reserve will not be derailed by a legal challenge.

UK fails to get around Energy Efficiency Directive but loopholes remain

The European Commission has foiled an attempt by the UK to ‘wriggle out’ of its energy saving obligations as laid out in the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

EPH moves closer to German coal acquisition but barriers remain

EPH has taken the next step in finalising a deal to take over Vattenfall’s lignite mines and coal-fired power generation assets in Germany, despite concerns over state aid and the legitimacy of the merger approval process.

Power companies face lawsuit over free carbon credits for Polish plants

Companies seeking free emissions allowances under a European Union (EU) derogation to build fossil fired power plants in Poland are facing legal challenges. Successful challenges would mean allowances would have to be bought from the market.