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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
Update: the summary record is now available.
The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, and transport policy.
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…
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.