Press Release: European Union presents EU progress on Sustainable Development Goals at UN High Level Political Forum in New York

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica and Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella are attending the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Agenda: Senior Officials’ Meeting – Union for the Mediterranean (17 July 2019)

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Press Release: Council adopts negotiation directives for modernisation of Energy Charter Treaty

The Council has today given a mandate to the European Commission to begin negotiations on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). It also adopted corresponding negotiating directives.

Press Release: Horizon 2020 Work Programme to kick-start a large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies

The updated Horizon 2020 Work Programme provides €47 million to kick-start the large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies previously announced in the Commission Strategic Action Plan for Batteries.

Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (16 July 2019)

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Event: Energy Storage Europe (Düsseldorf, Germany, 10-12 March 2020)

The Energy Storage Europe is an international trade fair with accompanying congress on the collection and storage of renewable energy, which is an issue that moves scientists and politicians worldwide. The conference is characterized by well-known speakers and participants. Here are discussed the latest developments in energy storage, but are also given critical insights into the market development and technology integration. 

Event: 21th Energy Storage World Forum (Rome, 8-10 October 2019)

The 12th Energy Storage World Forum will feature speakers from 16 Utilities, 2 IPPs, 2 C&Is, 7 Regulators from 19 countries. Join us for a fun-filled evening at the Pool Deck of Sheraton Roma Hotel on 8 Oct 2019 for a Gala Dinner to mingle with more attendees from companies such as TENNET, TRANSNET, TERNA, EKZ, KEPCO and UKRENERGO.

Press Release: IEA hosts high-level meeting on technologies for a clean energy future

The International Energy Agency on 11 July hosted a discussion among leading global energy sector figures about technologies that can help to bring about a clean energy future, including hydrogen and nuclear power.

Press Release: EU environment and climate ministers: EU must speed up ambitious policy on circular economy

The second day of the informal meeting of EU environment and climate ministers focused on expanding the circular economy into new areas. The ministers discussed the solutions offered by the circular economy to mitigate climate change and halt the loss of biodiversity.

Press Release: Energy Union and climate neutral solutions priorities for Energy Council

In terms of energy policy, Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will focus on the implementation of legislation. The Presidency will also have an opportunity to lay down long-term policies especially on climate issues.

Press Release: Commentary: Global patent applications for climate change mitigation technologies – a key measure of innovation – are trending down

One of the key measures of innovation in climate change mitigation is showing worrying trends, according to new evidence from the IEA and the OECD.

UPDATED – Agenda: Expert Group on alternative transport fuels (‘the Sustainable Transport Forum’) (main group) (2 April 2019)

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Event: 24th International Congress for Battery Recycling (Lyon, 18-20 September 2019)

ICBR is the international platform for presenting the latest developments and discussing the challenges faced by the battery recycling industry.  The 24th edition of ICBR will bring together many experts and decision-makers of the battery recycling value chain such as battery manufacturers, battery recyclers, OEMs from the electronic and e-mobility industry, collection schemes operators, service and transport companies, policy-makers and many more.

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (15-16 July 2019)

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Press Release: The who and how of power system flexibility

All around the world, power systems are changing fast. For example last year Denmark supplied 63% of its power demand from variable renewables (wind and solar PV) while last June Great Britain went a full 18 days without burning coal for power generation.

Press Release: Outi Honkatukia – EU’s climate leadership rests on reliability and commitment to lead by example

The climate leaders have changed since the Paris Agreement was signed. Now, small island states are leading the way; the European Union, China and Canada are leading the way; cities and businesses are leading the way. Even schoolchildren have gone on strike to lead the way. In other words, even smaller actors can be leaders in climate policy. This is good news for the EU, too.

Event: European Shallow Geothermal Days (Brussels, 24 & 25 September 2019)

Shallow geothermal energy represents a well-developed, non-volatile and clean technology for providing efficient heating and cooling across Europe. Still, it is widely considered as a niche technology, however it has the potential to become a powerful game changer towards a decarbonized heating and cooling technology. The next decade from 2021 until 2030 is crucial to fulfil the SDGs defined in the “Clean Energy for all Europeans” initiative of the European Commission. The Shallow Geothermal Energy Days aim at connecting policy makers to scientists, to promote and discuss opportunities for boosting this technology in the upcoming decade. 

Report: Shedding light on energy in the EU – A guided tour of energy statistics.

This digital publication presents information about the energy sector in a user-friendly way and features short texts, dynamic infographics, maps, animations, graphs and photos. More experienced users can use the Sankey diagrams for additional information.

Fostering European sustainable growth through novel approaches to innovation and digital policies

Trio Presidency note on fostering European sustainable growth through novel approaches to innovation and digital policies, in view of the meeting of the High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth on 19 July 2019.

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