Draft Council conclusions on “A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy”

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Press Release: H2020 energy project kicks off to turn CO2 into stone

Media over the world covered the launch of the CarbFix2 project, which received €2.2 million from EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to test a ground-breaking technology that allows to extract CO2 from thin air and permanently burry it underground in the form of a carbonate rock. Full article…

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation (11 October 2017)

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Press Release: €240 million awarded to Horizon 2020 energy projects

INEA has signed grant agreements with all 32 projects selected for funding in the smart cities, smart grids and storage and six other energy topics (incl. next-generation of biofuels, RES technologies market uptake and carbon capture) of the 2016 – 2017 Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call. The projects will receive in total €240 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop new clean energy solutions.

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Press Release: IEA holds second universal meeting of its Technology Collaboration Programme

The International Energy Agency held the second universal meeting of its Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) in Paris today to discuss ways to accelerate energy technology innovation.

The meeting brought together experts from 34 technology programmes and government officials from IEA member and partner countries. It provided a timely and strategic opportunity to review how TCPs can strengthen the IEA’s efforts as a global hub for energy system transformation and innovation.

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UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology, Advanced manufacturing and processing’

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Procedural rules in the field of environmental reporting

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Press Release: Environmental reporting: ensuring legal clarity and improving transparency

On 4 October, the Council (EU ambassadors) agreed on a negotiating position on a decision repealing the standardised reporting directive (directive 91/692/EEC) and amending 6 related legal acts. This decision is essential for ensuring legal clarity, enhancing transparency and reducing the administrative burden in the field of environmental reporting. Full article…

Study: Analysis of the latest available scientific research and evidence on indirect land use change (ILUC) greenhouse gas emissions associated with production of biofuels and bioliquids

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Stakeholder Press Release: Renewable and low-carbon energy in heating – Study shows high potential of liquid fuels

A new study presented to EU policy-makers assesses the technical possibilities, climate impact and costs of innovative liquid fuels which may progressively supply Europe’s 20 million homes heated with oil.

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UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology, Advanced manufacturing and processing’

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 & 22 September 2017)

Update: the summary record is now available.

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, and transport policy.

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Press Release: State of the Union 2017 – Industrial Policy Strategy: Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable industry

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Press Release: Towards healthy and productive seas in Europe and beyond

Marine life, the global climate and our economy and social wellbeing all depend on healthy seas. Despite some improvements, our assessments show that the way we currently use Europe’s seas remains unsustainable. Climate change and competition for natural resources add extra pressures on the marine environment. European policies and measures could result in greater improvements when they are implemented through an ‘ecosystem-based management’ approach and are supported by a global ocean governance framework. Full article…

Communication from the Commission: Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry – A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy

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Briefing: Land use in the EU 2030 climate and energy framework

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Decisions of several committees to enter into interinstitutional negotiations (for announcement on Monday 11 September)

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Press Release: Unsustainable land use threatens European landscapes

Accelerating rates of construction, changing demographics, technological changes, and climate change are some of the key drivers influencing the use of Europe’s vast landscapes. A European Environment Agency report published today says that the continent’s land use increasingly sees striking changes and conflicts over land demand which will require reconciling place-based management and macro policies to foster responsible land use.

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Commission Decision of XXX amending Commission Decision 2010/670/EU as regards the deployment of non-disbursed revenues from the first round of calls for proposals

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UPDATED Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (4 September 2017)

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Report: Signals 2017 – Shaping the future of energy in Europe: Clean, smart and renewable

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Advantages from combining CCS with geothermal energy

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Press Release: Chemical looping combustion for CO2-neutral gas facilities

A novel gas combustion method removing the need for expensive gas separation has been successfully scaled-up. The novel method has gas-to-steam efficiency penalties much lower than alternative CO2 capture technologies, as well as a CO2 avoidance cost reduced by 60 % compared to amine scrubbing. The consortium is already looking to extend it to biomass combustion.

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Environmental Baseline Study for the Development of Renewable Energy Sources, Energy storages and a Meshed Electricity Grid in the North and Irish Seas. WP3 Final Baseline Environmental report.

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