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“We urge the Commission to propose an amendment for the RED3 draft, in order to align hydrogen and fuels targets in transport and industry with such a technologically neutral approach,” the nine countries write in the letter.

Nine EU countries want low-carbon hydrogen included in bloc’s renewables goals

Nine EU member states, including France, have called on the European Commission to include low-carbon hydrogen – produced from nuclear electricity – in the EU’s renewable hydrogen targets

The data show that if exports to Ukraine are stopped, the Lukoil refinery will continue to operate only for the Bulgarian market, which is too small for its production capacity.

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May be, during Zelensky’s ’secret’ visit to Brussels, not only some questions could be asked about the immense corruption in his country, even the minister of Defense had to step down, but also about the use of forbidden anti-personnel mines.

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For the European Union to transition out of fossil fuels, materials like cobalt, lithium, and rare earths are crucial to developing key technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels and batteries, but very few are sourced in Europe.

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“The continent of Africa is probably going to be the most important partner for Europe in terms of developing the renewable energy sector,” said Timmermans during an interview at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) assembly in Abu Dhabi.

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Bulgaria to continue exporting fuels from Russian oil to Ukraine

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