All articles by Dave Keating

Senior writer Dave Keating is a US journalist and conference moderator covering European affairs from Brussels, with a focus on environment and energy. He has worked for France24 and Forbes. Contact Dave at: dave.keating [at] energymonitor.ai

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In green subsidy race with US, EU lacks focus

Cleantech companies say the European Commission’s Green Deal Industrial Plan is a good start, but the obsession with Biden’s ‘unfair’ Inflation Reduction Act is proving unhelpful.

EU prepares to ban greenwashing

Companies will no longer be able to make misleading green claims under a draft EU law to be proposed in March, but there are concerns the metrics are weighted too heavily toward CO2 emissions.

Should the EU count wood as a renewable fuel? Opinions are divided.

The European Parliament wants to exclude some woody biomass from counting toward the bloc’s renewable energy goals, to avoid deforestation. The biomass sector says this will deprive Europe of a valuable fuel in a time of energy insecurity.

EU’s end-of-year energy breakthroughs will have big climate implications

Over the past week, negotiators have agreed a gas price cap, a carbon price on buildings and road transport, an €87bn social climate fund, an EU carbon border tax and the contours of a methane reduction regulation.

EU methane law gets renewed attention as energy security saviour

Globally, the oil and gas sector leaks almost as much energy in the form of methane each year that the EU imported from Russia before the Ukraine War. Yet an EU proposal to rein in methane emissions has gone nowhere and now risks being watered down.

Emergency EU energy measures held hostage by gas price cap dispute

EU energy ministers will try again on 13 December to overcome deep divisions over a proposal to cap the wholesale price of natural gas.

A push for renewables-fuelled electrification to bring down emissions

Joana Freitas from Portugal’s electric utility EDP Generation underlines electrification and the phase-out of coal for climate action.

Climate action in tourism: Iberostar intends to be net zero by 2030

Megan Morikawa, global director of sustainability at multinational hotel group Iberostar, tells Energy Monitor that tourism can decarbonise.

Energy efficiency projects for gas infrastructure are an overlooked solution

Marco Baresi of Turboden, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, lays out the roadblocks facing energy efficiency in gas infrastructure projects such as Dahshour in Egypt.

How does sustainability software fit into climate action?

Christina Shim, vice-president and head of strategy at IBM Sustainability Software, is pushing for policymakers to set a better framework to recognise the potential of software to lower emissions.