North Macedonia wins EU praise for pioneering coal-to-solar shift

By |februar 20th, 2020|Climate Change, coal phase-out, EU enlargement, European Energy Community, News, North Macedonia, solar power|

The European Union energy watchdog praised North Macedonia on Wednesday (19 February) for a pioneering project among EU aspirants to transform an ageing coal mine into two solar power plants, in line with goals to cut pollution and tackle climate change.

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The burden of coal at the doorstep of the Energy Union

By |marec 18th, 2019|Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, coal, coal phase-out, European Energy Community, Kosovo, Macedonia, News, Serbia, Ukraine, Western Balkans|

At a time when the EU strives to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, coal still represents more than half of electricity across much of the Western Balkans and other EU neighbouring countries, writes Janez Kopač. Making things worse, coal plants are intensively supported by Chinese and US capital, without active opposition of the EU, he says.

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