The High-Level Round Table on the Decarbonisation of the Heating Sector gathers the leaders of the European sustainable and renewable heat industry associations, organised under the DecarbHeat initiative. The event aims to discuss how the heat sector can contribute to the decarbonisation of the EU energy sector, what policies, technologies and pathways exists and what more needs to be done to put the heating sector on a sustainable path and ensure its cost-effective energy transition towards 2050.
A new high-level platform initiative brings together key players in the sustainable energy sector from the public and private sectors of both Europe and Africa. Today at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg organised by the African Development Bank, the European Union and the African Union have launched the EU-Africa high-level platform on sustainable energy investments in Africa.
An EU- and industry-funded project has developed a high-efficiency fuel cell with a long lifetime suitable for integrating renewable energy sources into smart power grids in the longer term. Some of the key components are already on the market. The advance could be part of the solution to providing Europe with clean, stable electricity supplies.
EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. It is made up of a 3-day policy conference offering various networking opportunities, an EU Sustainable Energy Awards competition with a public vote for the citizens’ award and local events, Energy Days, held across Europe throughout the months of May and June.
Albania has successfully completed the first-ever renewable energy support auction in the Energy Community. Director Janez Kopač commented: “We warmly welcome the first renewables support auction in Albania and hope that it will be followed in all Contracting Parties. Renewable energy auctions provide a competitive selection processes for granting support, resulting in lower renewable energy prices. This is a clear gain for energy consumers.”
The International Energy Agency was invited to take part in the first Paris Peace Forum, an initiative launched by President Emmanuel Macron of France in support of international collaboration and collective responsibility. The event brought together world leaders including Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General.
Hospital patients in France and the Netherlands, commuters in Poland, Spain, France and India, and energy consumers in Bulgaria, Greece and the Gambia will all benefit from investment in new projects approved by the European Investment Bank. At their monthly meeting in Luxembourg earlier today the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed EUR 6 billion of new financing for business, transport, health and social housing investment across Europe and Africa.
Commission welcomes European Parliament adoption of key files of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. New rules on renewables, energy efficiency and the governance of the Energy Union have been signed off by the European Parliament today – an important step in enabling the European Union and its Member States to embrace the clean energy transition, follow up on the already adopted 2030 climate legislation and meet the Paris Agreement commitments.