GUE/NGL, the left group in the European Parliament, is launching its Climate Emergency Manifesto.
Unlike fresh humus such as compost, stable humus makes a long-term contribution to soil fertility. It takes many years to form naturally – but now, for the first time, a manufactured granulate is available. The SME offering this product as an instant, lasting fix for tired soils is carrying out EU-funded research and development for its commercialisation.
A new version of the interactive Eurostat Sankey diagram tool is now available. Using the tool you can, for example, easily visualise energy balances, see how much energy is imported or produced in the European Union or in your country, find out where the energy is consumed and check out the principal renewable energy sources.
This event will bring together stakeholders from the energy and finance sectors with EU and national policymakers to discuss the challenges facing countries of region to make the transition to low carbon and how to attract the necessary investment.
Today, the European Parliament has just voted to block spending from the European Regional Development Fund (EDRF) and the Cohesion Fund to be spent on fossil fuels. These funds have a direct influence on the lives of citizens, especially those living in less developed regions: stabile quality employment, new infrastructure, and improved quality of life. The ERDF and Cohesion Fund should be the green face of Europe, delivering a better quality of life to citizens and ensuring a suitable and environmentally friendly future.
On 26 March 2019, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Case ECS-10/18. It its letter, the Secretariat addressed its concerns with regard to the State aid compliance of a public guarantee granted in favour of the Export-Import Bank of China for a loan by the latter to the public utility Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo for the Tuzla 7 project.
Energy demand worldwide grew by 2.3% last year, its fastest pace this decade, an exceptional performance driven by a robust global economy and stronger heating and cooling needs in some regions. Natural gas emerged as the fuel of choice, posting the biggest gains and accounting for 45% of the rise in energy consumption. Gas demand growth was especially strong in the United States and China.
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.
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.
This seminar will aim at answering the following questions:
- What are the lessons to be drawn from the large scale industrial restructuring which already affected certain European regions in the past?
- How is the on-going or forthcoming transition managed in the regions affected by the closure of big power plants (e.g. in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, other countries…?)
- How to reinforce synergies between public measures (at communal, national and local levels) and stakeholders (local authorities, enterprises, consumers, employees)?
- What are the missions that could be assigned to electric sector operators (old and new stakeholders): vocational training, support to local subcontractors…?
MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy, in a resolution adopted on Thursday.
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In an environment that has till now been largely dominated by coal, renewables will have to be deployed at an unprecedented pace in the Energy Community. Investing in the future will bring many challenges to be tackled by the Energy Community Contracting Parties and the Renewable Energy Coordination Group supported by the Secretariat as well as donors and International Financial Organizations. This was the key message of the 7th Energy Community Renewable Energy Coordination Group meeting on 12 March in Vienna.