Question for Written Answer: Carbon leakage in the Iberian energy market

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Report: 2018 Q4 Reports for Gas and Electricity

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Press Release: Read our newly launched Climate Emergency Manifesto

GUE/NGL, the left group in the European Parliament, is launching its Climate Emergency Manifesto.

UPDATED – Agenda: Platform for Coal and Carbon-Intensive Regions in Transition (8-9 April 2019)

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State Aid Case: SA.52832 Amendments to the closure plan for the Polish coal mining sector in the period 2015-2023

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Coal and Steel Committee (19 December 2018)

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Event: How Do National Energy Policies Fit Into EU Decarbonisation Plans? (Brussels, 15 May 2019)

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Factsheet on Energy Taxation

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Article: Lignite-based humus as instant, lasting soil booster

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.

Press Release: Energy flows made easy with Sankey diagrams

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.

Event: Moving towards a Low-Carbon Economy in South-eastern Europe Regulation, finance and investment (Brussels, 08 April 2019)

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.

Press Release: EU funds should not be spent on fossil fuels

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.

Press release: Secretariat questions compliance of state guarantee for the Tuzla 7 project with the State aid acquis

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.

Study: Sampling points for air quality

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Press Release: Global energy demand rose by 2.3% in 2018, its fastest pace in the last decade

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.

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.

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.

Report: Industrial Innovation – Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation of Industry

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Event: A socially responsible development of the power station fleet in Europe (Brussels, 25 March 2019)

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…?

Press Release: Climate change – Parliament’s blueprint for long-term CO2 cuts

MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy, in a resolution adopted on Thursday.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Debate on Climate change (13 March 2019)

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Press Release: Renewable Energy Coordination Group discusses how to scale up renewables in the Energy Community

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.

Motion for a Resolution: EP ENVI Committee on the strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction in accordance with the Paris Agreement

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