Energy

The journey from a coal union to the energy transition
The European Union in its present-day form is the result of various associations of individual states such as the ECSC and the EEC. These organisations were founded in the 1950s, in part to enable the production and trading of energy under common sets of rules. However, a truly coherent energy policy did not emerge until 2007 when the European Energy Strategy was first adopted. Current challenges include issues such as climate change and energy efficiency, the dependence on fossil fuel imports, the energy transition or the return of the US to fossil fuels.
An undated photo released by Cornish Lithium shows exploratory drilling for lithium taking place at a former mine in Redruth, Cornwall. Cornish Lithium / AFP
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Electric car lithium demand powers mining revival in UK

As the global auto sector accelerates production of electric cars, one British company is hoping to cash in from mining lithium needed to make rechargeable batteries that power the vehicles
Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans (L) and President Ursula von der Leyen unveil the 'European Green Deal' during a press conference at the EU Parliament in Brussels on July 14, 2021. Photo: John Thys / AFP
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Europe’s green economy plan: main points

The European Commission has unveiled a vast legislative programme to increase the cost of pollution and drive the economy towards a carbon neutral future
The idea would make it mandatory for all major companies to disclose, for example, their carbon dioxide emissions. Photo: Ina Fassbender / AFP
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G7 steps towards making companies disclose climate risks

The wealthy G7 countries have moved closer to requiring companies to disclose their climate impact despite a lack of global agreement and doubts from some NGOs
At the heart of Northvolt’s plans is what the company calls a “gigafactory” producing batteries in northern Sweden. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
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Northvolt: building one of Europe’s largest battery factories

Swedish electric car battery maker Northvolt, which recently received a $14 billion (11.7-billion-euro) order from Volkswagen, has ambitious plans to become one of Europe's largest battery makers
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