Sustainable development in the European Union – 2017 Edition

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8727 CGE / EDPR / TRUSTWIND / DGE / REPSOL / WINDPLUS

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Preparation of the Competitiveness Council on 30 November and 1 December 2017 – EU industrial strategy for the future

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Event: DecarbEurope 2017 Workshop (Brussels, 12 December 2017)

This workshop provides a dashboard overview of the 10 DecarbEurope technologies: what is their current status; what can be expected in the coming years, and how can these technologies be integrated into a solution to decarbonize Europe.

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Juncker plan: EIB finances VALECO Group and its Solar Discovery Center

VALECO and its partners are inaugurating the Discovery solar power station, whose capacity can cover the electricity consumption of 6,000 households in the town of Decazeville-Aubin, in the Occitanie region. Financed by a consortium of commercial banks (Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC, Crédit Agricole du Languedoc and Unifergie-Crédit Agricole Group) and public (Bpifrance), this project benefited from contributions from own funds of VALECO & MIROVA and the guarantee of European Investment Bank (EIB) under the Juncker Plan. Full article…

Event: Innovating grid technologies for sustainable energy (Madrid, 22 November 2017)

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Event: Cleaner, Smarter, Cheaper: Responding to Opportunities in Europe’s Changing Energy System (Brussels, 21 November 2017)

ECF CEO Laurence Tubiana and Commission Vice President Maros Šefčovič will open the event, after which an expert panel with Claude Turmes MEP and speakers from REstore, Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy), WWF and DG Energy will discuss the report’s findings and its policy implications. Full article…

Written Answer to a Question: The production of biofuels from feedstocks not listed in Annex IX to the RED II proposal

Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the Commission to a question (Rule 130) by Henna Virkkunen (PPE) regarding “The production of biofuels from feedstocks not listed in Annex IX to the RED II proposal”.

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Written Answer to a Question: Commission report of 2015 on biofuels

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Press Release: The EU Covenant of Mayors and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions join forces to scale up climate action

Two one-of-a-kind initiatives acting for climate solutions chose to officially join forces today on the occasion of COP23 Energy Day in Bonn.

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8691 INNOGY / EUROPEAN ENERGY EXCHANGE / JV

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Press Release: Innovative climate finance – the role of non-state actors

“Never before at the European Investment Bank have we seen as many private and public sector initiatives that are focused on building a sustainable financial system,” said EIB Vice-President Jonathan Taylor on 15 November 2017 at a COP23 side event, organised by the European Parliament, on the role of non-state actors in increasing and improving climate finance. Full article…

Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (29-30 November 2017)

Agenda items concern energy, digital and trade policy.

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Report: Support for setting up an observatory of the building stock and related policies

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Press Release: Technology key to ensuring sustainable bioenergy and biofuel production

Bioenergy is the most common renewable energy source in Europe – and it’s expected to continue to make up a significant part of the energy mix in the future. Full article…

Press Release: First-ever investment from Luxembourg-EIB climate finance platform to support Green for Growth Fund in the MENA Region

The recently launched Luxembourg-EIB Climate Finance Platform, a joint initiative between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Government of Luxembourg, is investing EUR 5 million in C Shares of the Green for Growth Fund (GGF). This first investment of the platform was announced today by the EIB at COP 23, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference.

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Stakeholder Event: Credible, effective and publicly acceptable policies to decarbonise the EU (Brussels, 5 December 2017)

This panel event explores possible solutions to the key challenges that the EU faces in meeting its 2030 energy and climate change targets, especially as the EU power sector transitions into a new phase. What are the most effective policy interventions to decarbonise a power sector characterised by increasingly competitive low-carbon sources? How credibly could the EU and its member states embrace the reforms needed to achieve such decarbonisation? And, outside the power sector, how can carbon taxes be introduced in a way that is more acceptable to the public?

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Decision adopted on the Second Mobility Package (15 November 2017)

A summary of the debate with a focus on the Commission and representatives of the political groups is now available.

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State Aid Case: SA.45182 State aid scheme in supporting the construction of publicly accessible recharging and refuelling stations for vehicles running on alternative fuels in Czech Republic

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Press Release: research*eu RESULTS PACK – Bioplastics: Sustainable materials for building a strong and circular European bio-economy

The latest research*eu RESULTS PACK– a collection of articles on EU-funded projects dedicated to a specific field of scientific research – is now available in free, accessible PDF. This brochure highlights eight projects that are making important scientific and innovative contributions to the bioplastics industry. Full article…

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