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How new EU climate chiefs can make a green energy union

COMMENT: An open letter to Alenka Bratušek, vice president for Energy Union, and Miguel Arias Cañete, European commissioner for climate action and energy

Comment & Analysis
Top EU climate jobs go to Slovenia and Spain

NEWS: Alenka Bratushek will be vice president for energy union, while Miguel Arias Canete gets climate action and energy brief

Bełchatów coal mine and its 4,450 MW power station in Poland (Pic: Kamil Porembiński/Flickr)

COMMENT: Joss Garman from the IPPR thinktank says European governments should make unabated coal use illegal

Comment & Analysis
EU efficiency push could counter Russian energy dominance

NEWS: A 35% energy efficiency target for 2030 would wipe out reliance on Russian gas, says UK think-tank IPPR

Europe banks on green entrepreneurs in climate challenge

INTERVIEW: Attractive low carbon innovations might just save our necks, says chemistry professor Richard Templer

UK and Latvia tipped for top EU climate jobs

ANALYSIS: Commissioners will have key role in global climate talks, but leaked Brussels chart shows “energy union” takes priority

Comment & Analysis, Energy, Policy
Poland's Donald Tusk named next EU Council president

NEWS: Donald Tusk, a champion of coal and critic of EU’s tough climate policies will be the next Council chief

Could Donald Tusk use EU top job for anti-climate agenda?

COMMENT: Despite his pro-coal domestic agenda, Donald Tusk might not be a bad choice for European Council president

Comment & Analysis
Into the Dragon's Den: climate innovation gets competitive

SKETCH: Green start-ups can win big money in the EU-backed Climate-KIC competition. But are the judges after style or substance?

Politicians must take on transport "taboos" to curb emissions

NEWS: Technology alone will not cut transport emissions enough, say researchers – the rich must travel less

France approves green energy law

NEWS: Hosts of 2015 climate summit adopt targets to cut fossil fuel use and boost the renewables sector

Call for carbon market reform to reverse EU coal comeback

NEWS: Polluting coal plants will stay open unless policymakers act, say campaigners

Europe proposes 30% energy savings target for 2030

NEWS: European Commission targets 30% energy savings by 2030 after last-minute wrangling

UK renews commitment to climate change targets

NEWS: Energy secretary Ed Davey has seen off calls to weaken pollution controls, reaffirming the UK’s green ambitions

Dirty coal plants undermine EU climate leadership - report

NEWS: Germany and the UK must crack down on their coal plants – some of the most polluting in Europe – to meet climate targets, say charities

Finland urges Europe to unite for global climate talks

NEWS: Europe must speak “with one voice” at global climate talks in Paris next year, says Finnish minister

Juncker supports 30% energy efficiency target for EU

NEWS: Newly elected European Commission chief support for binding efficiency target praised by green groups

Green groups protest transatlantic trade deal

NEWS: Green activists are protesting a trans-Atlantic trade deal they say could harm the environment

EU blames Moscow for Green Climate Fund cash freeze

NEWS: Row over board membership means European funds cannot be used in flagship low carbon finance mechanism

Poland threat to EU 2030 climate ambition - Davey

NEWS: Coal-dependent Poland could challenge European 2030 carbon-cutting targets, warns UK energy secretary