Agenda: EESC Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (23 January 2018)

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Press Release: EU Sustainable Energy Awards competition kicks off EUSEW 2018

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is back for its 13th edition and giving you the chance to encourage and nominate projects to take part in this year’s Awards competition to determine the most innovative and impactful initiatives in energy transition. Full article…

Study: Renewable energy directive target

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (15-18 January 2018)

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Press Release: Launch of Refhyne, World’s Largest Electrolysis Plant in Rhineland Refinery

FCH JU brand new project Refhyne was launched today the 18 January 2018 with an event held in Cologne. The consortium will build a new hydrogen electrolysis plant, the largest of its kind in the world, at the Rheinland refinery in Germany. With a capacity of 10 megawatts, the hydrogen will be used primarily for the processing and upgrading of products at the refinery’s Wesseling site. This project will assist in testing the polymer electrolyte membrane technology on a large industrial scale, making it feasible for introduction in other industry plants, as well as potentially being a step towards the future of refining.

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Event: Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place (Brussels, 21 February 2018)

The event presents 25 successful projects in 5 thematic parallel strands of dedicated interactive workshops on financing climate adaptation, clean urban transport, energy efficiency in public assets and home renovation in cities and regions, as well as initiatives working across Europe to facilitate the market for climate and sustainable energy finance. Practitioners will provide their practical experience in developing bankable investment pipelines in order to stimulate enable replication by other interested project promoters. Full article…

Stakeholder Press Release: EU Parliament concludes low carbon fuels should indeed be low carbon

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted on the use of renewable energy in the coming decade. Of all the big issues on the radar, the Parliament caught the one that tried to fly under it – synthetic fossil fuels. Produced by using massive amounts of renewable energy and fossil CO2 from industrial sources, the fuel would be emitting that same fossil CO2 back to the atmosphere from the tailpipe of the car it’s combusted in. By requiring the use of CO2 captured from the ambient air for its production, the Parliament ensured that the so called low carbon fuel indeed remains low carbon.

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Speech: Commissioner Vestager on “Competition and the future of Europe”

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Stakeholder Press Release: European Parliament Overbids Commission Proposal on Renewables and Energy Efficiency Directives

A press release by CEDEC.

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SET-Plan Steering Group Meeting (Brussels, 23 January 2018)

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Reactions from the Political Groups on the EP Plenary Votes REDII, Energy Efficiency and Governance of the Energy Union

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Press Release: Big groups weaken Clean Energy package in Strasbourg vote

Wednesday’s big vote on the Commission’s Clean Energy Package has drawn ire from GUE/NGL MEPs with complaints that the final texts put before them had been watered down by the bigger political groups. Full article…

Press Release: Launch of New Project Revive – for Clean and Silent Waste Collection

On 17 January 2018, a new FCH JU project was launched and held its kick-off in Brussels. Project REVIVE will look at advancing the state of development of fuel cell trucks for waste transportation and will deploy garbage trucks throughout seven European sites, including the town of Antwerp, Belgium. The project will also demonstrate how hydrogen refueling stations with large daily demands can be commercially viable.  Full article…

Review of the Lamy Report & AGE vision for FP9 based on this report – H2020 Advisory Group on Energy (AGE)

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Press Release: Galileo supports PV plant maintenance

As photovoltaic plants age, their efficiency often falls due to the underperformance of one component or another, requiring PV plant owners to conduct expensive and time-consuming thermal inspections to get to the bottom of the problem. EASY PV, a GSA-funded Horizon 2020 project, is using remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to provide a more effective and cost-efficient solution.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Customs Cooperation Working Party (11 January 2018)

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Stakeholder Press Release: Energy Efficiency and Renewables: An open approach is needed to achieve high ambitions

Eurofuel’s reactive statement to the European Parliament’s plenary votes on the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Directives.

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Press Release: MEPs set ambitious targets for cleaner, more efficient energy use

MEPs are ready to negotiate binding targets with EU ministers to boost energy efficiency by 35% and the share of renewables in the total energy mix by 35%, by 2030. Full article…

Press Release: S&Ds lead the EU’s transition to a clean energy model ensuring no one is left behind

Socialists and Democrats are leading the European transition towards a clean and sustainable economic and social model in which energy plays a central role. This is why, today, the S&D Group pushed for ambitious goals in the three energy reports that passed through in plenary: on energy efficiency, on renewables and on energy governance. Full article…

Press Release: The EU must become a world leader on renewables

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