Press Release: Study shows EUR 2.4 billion given up for coal subsidies annually in the Energy Community

The Secretariat published today the preliminary results of a study revealing that the Energy Community Contracting Parties support electricity generated from coal with some EUR 2.4 billion of direct and certain types of indirect subsidies annually. The study concludes that with the elimination of state aid via direct subsidies to coal and introduction of a carbon price, not a single coal power plant in the Energy Community would be able to operate without significant losses.

Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Camera Deputaților (RO) – JOIN(2018) 31 final

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Minutes of the Meeting: Final Meeting of the Technical Working Group for the EMAS Sectoral Reference Document on Best Environmental Management Practice in the Fabricated Metal Products Manufacturing Sector

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Press Release: Secretariat to support new fund for promoting use of renewable district energy in Western Balkans

Efficient district energy (heating and cooling) systems are perfect for the application of energy from renewable sources and use of waste heat. Renewables can be more affordable for the district energy system operators and end-customers, compared to energy from fossil fuels. However, their potential is greatly underexploited in the Western Balkans Region due to the lack of information and know-how. In addition, district energy systems operators are sometimes reluctant to invest resources in new technologies due to the lack of financial support.

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Report on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations (21 March 2019)

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Press Release: Joint understanding on the application of the third energy package towards Iceland

Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson and Climate Action and Energy European Commissioner Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE discussed on 20 March 2019 the EU Third Energy Package, taking into account the unique situation in Iceland as concerns renewable energy and energy markets.

Press release: Mark Carney – A New Horizon

Speech by Mr Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, at the European Commission Conference “A global approach to sustainable finance”, Brussels, 21 March 2019.

Event: Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2019 (Berlin, 9 & 10 April 2019)

In the past years the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) has become a leading international forum for key stakeholders of the energy sector. High-level policymakers, industry, science and civil society are given the opportunity to share their experiences and ideas on a safe, affordable and environmentally responsible global energy transition. In 2018, the conference was home to more than 2.000 participants from over 90 countries, including 40 ministers and state secretaries and more than 100 high-level speakers, exchanging on investment flows, system integration or long-time scenarios against the backdrop of dynamic innovation and the digital transformation.

UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’

Update: the voting sheets on the 2nd and 3rd batches have been published.

The Committee is being consulted from 15th-20th March on 3 batches.

Event: The 2019 WindEurope Conference & Exhibition (Bilbao, Spain, 2-4 April 2019)

The 2019 WindEurope Conference & Exhibition in Bilbao will build on the tremendous momentum achieved in recent years by wind power. Wind is now the fastest growing energy source in the world and is a hotbed of innovation and ambition. The Bilbao Conference and Exhibition will thus be the ideal occasion for 8,000+ industry insiders and 400+ exhibitors to expand their knowledge base, make the contacts they need, and to solidify a vision for the future of this rapidly-expanding sector.

Written Answer to a Question: The role of nuclear energy in the EU’s climate strategy

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Event: EIT Climate-KIC online course: Teaching sustainability (8 April 2019)

EIT Climate-KIC is organising an intensive three-day online course targeted at educators who are interested in adopting an innovative approach to teach about climate change and the transition to a sustainable economy. On 8 April 2019, the Final Q&A webinar session will take place.

Event: Steel and Coal: a New Perspective – Research and Innovation in Action (Brussels, 28 March 2019)

The Conference will offer the opportunity to discuss the preliminary results of the Expert Group on Monitoring and Assessment of RFCS, the Research Fund for Coal and Steel. Stakeholders will also have the possibility to give their opinions on these results.

Event: Sustainability in practice – ratings, research and proprietary models (Brussels, 28 March 2019)

Topics discussed at the event include: What drives the take-up of ESG analytics, scoring and research? What type of approaches are being used by CRAs and SRPs across asset classes, corporates and investors? Is there a difference between active and passive asset management strategies? What actions should regulators and supervisors pursue in order to ensure the robustness of ESG assessments? Would a more prescriptive approach stifle innovation? How to enable the market research on SMEs, and avoid their under-representation in retail/institutional investment portfolios?

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Report on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations (21 March 2019)

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions ENVE Commission Meeting (4 April 2019)

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Press release: ‘Climate action is essential’

Speech delivered by, Pierre Heilbronn, Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, at the High-Level Conference on Sustainable Financing, Brussels, 21 March 2019.

Agenda: Commission expert group on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) (1-12 April 2019)

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At a Glance: A framework to facilitate sustainable investment

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Report: Industrial Innovation – Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation of Industry

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Speech: Remarks by Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the High-level conference – A global approach to sustainable finance

“Last Friday, more than 1.4 million young people in 120 countries around the world took part in a record-breaking event. It was the first ever global school strike for the climate, and it sent a powerful message: climate change is a global threat, and we urgently need to work together to stop it.”

Press release: Sustainable Finance – High-Level Conference takes global cooperation on sustainable finance to the next stage

The European Commission is today hosting a high-level conference on a global approach to sustainable finance.

Press Release: New ‘RESponsible Island’ competition launched

On 19 March 2019, The European Commission launched the first edition of the RESponsible Island Prize to reward islands for local renewable energy production.

The competition is dedicated to islands with innovative and sustainable local renewable energy production for use in electricity, heating, cooling, and transport. 

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