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Europe's new "energy union" leader talks tough on Russia

NEWS: Maros Sefocovic promises a “more assertive” energy policy and to continue EU leadership in climate negotiations

Policy
UK calls for aggressive ETS reform ahead of EU2030 deal

NEWS: The carbon market must be reformed quickly to support the 2030 climate goals due to be agreed this week, argues UK

Business
Calls for deeper carbon cuts as EU debates 2030 climate deal

NEWS: Experts urge ambition ahead of European Council meeting to sign off the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework on Thursday and Friday

Policy
Qingdao prepares China's 8th regional carbon market

NEWS: A Chinese city of 9 million people is getting in on emissions trading, despite being left out of an official pilot programme

Business
Sweden calls on EU to agree 50% carbon cuts for 2030

NEWS: Stockholm says target would be in line with region’s capabilities, days before key meeting in Brussels

Policy
EU boss names Sefcovic for energy top job

NEWS: Jean-Claude Juncker has nominated Slovakia’s Maros Sefcovic as vice president of “energy union”, which will oversee climate policy

Policy
Legal elements in proposed UN climate deal find mixed support

NEWS: New submissions to UN indicate preference for more general rules on accounting and monitoring emissions

Policy
The energy bridge: How EU countries justify fossil fuels

ANALYSIS: In Germany and Italy, for different reasons, governments are pushing dirty sources of energy as “transition fuels”

Energy
Take on the "fatcats" or scrap EU carbon market - think-tank

NEWS: Europe’s emissions trading system is failing as steel and cement companies hoard excess pollution permits, warns Sandbag

Business
Europe spends €10bn a year on coal subsidies

NEWS: Coal is expensive when subsidies and climate change costs are factored in, shows European Commission analysis

Energy
Danish minister tours Europe to promote 2030 climate deal

INTERVIEW: With two weeks until leaders are set to finalise EU2030 package, Martin Lidegaard tells RTCC there is “a long way to go”

Policy
EU 2030 compromise could weaken climate action

ANALYSIS: As sign-off nears for the EU 2030 climate and energy package, “flexibility” measures could water down 40% emissions cuts to just 26%

Comment & Analysis
Juncker blow as EU Parliament votes out Bratusek

NEWS: Nomination for head of energy union rejected as MEPs turn against former Slovenian prime minister

Policy
Friendless candidate for top EU energy job heads for exit

NEWS: Alenka Bratusek is likely to be dropped after disastrous hearing, while controversial climate candidate Miguel Arias Canete is set to be approved

Policy
EU scraps plan to highlight tar sands pollution

NEWS: Refiners need to report the average carbon impact of petrol and diesel, but not identify highly polluting sources, under new rules

Business
EU chief forced to remix top jobs as MEPs flex their muscles

NEWS: Jean-Claude Juncker must reconsider his choices – and the two candidates for lead EU roles on energy and climate look vulnerable

Business
UK urges Europe's leaders to back ambitious climate targets

NEWS: Climate secretary Ed Davey stresses 40% cuts are at lower end of ambition as 2015 UN deal in Paris looms

Energy
EU energy plans in limbo as MEPs grill proposed commissioner

NEWS: Former Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek branded “vague and evasive” in EU Parliament interrogation

Policy
EU top climate job in doubt as greens round on Canete

NEWS: Green and centre-left MEPs are unconvinced by candidate Miguel Arias Cañete’s commitment to tackling climate change

Policy
Candidate for top EU climate job defends oil links

NEWS: Miguel Arias Canete declared his support for EU climate change goals, under fierce questioning from MEPs

Business