Yesterday at the EU Sustainable Energy Week, Director Kopač underlined the serious situation in the coal sector of the Energy Community Contracting Parties where direct subsidies amounted to EUR 1,2 billion in 2015-2017.
A new climate ranking shows that EU governments’ plans to cut pollution from transport, Europe’s biggest emitter, will fail to meet their own 2030 emissions targets. Only the top 3, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain, scored above 50% in the ranking of draft national energy and climate plans compiled by Transport & Environment (T&E). Europe’s largest economy, Germany, is 15th, setting itself up to pay billions of euro to other countries for missing the EU’s 2030 emissions goals. All countries need to implement far more effective policies to reduce transport emissions than have been proposed to date.
It may seem paradoxical that last year’s most important climate summit, the Conference of Parties (COP24), took place in one of the most polluted cities in Europe, Katowice in Poland. In reality, this coincidence highlighted a pressing issue: how do some of the world’s worst polluters move towards a green economy while ensuring that vulnerable communities are not left behind? How can we all work to ensure a “just transition”?
This (invitation only) event aims to:
- Identify strategic priorities for shared IEA and Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCP) work on energy technology and innovation
- Support membership growth within the TCPs and increase engagement with governments and private sector
- Strengthen partnerships among TCPs and with other leading international initiatives
- Enhance TCP operations and communication by comparing experiences, sharing new developments, exploring best practice approaches, and enabling networking
The partnership agreement was signed by Emanuele Volpe, chief innovation officer at DTEK, and Jakub Miler, CEO of EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe. The next step of the partnership between the largest Ukrainian power generation and distribution company and EIT InnoEnergy will be innovation scouting in Krakow.
This year’s Athens Electricity Forum shed light on some of the most pressing challenges currently shaping electricity markets in Europe. Participants agreed that the complex transition driven by the need to accommodate distributed generation and rapid technological advancements can best be tackled by working together.
Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) increased by 0.7 % in 2017, according to latest official data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Less coal was used to produce heat and electricity but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year.
This meeting will address the latest policy developments in energy and cohesion policies, including a presentation of the 4th state of the energy union and the latest state of play for cohesion policy.
Focusing on the future programming as well as implementation, the meeting will also address Commission initiatives such as the ones related to coal regions in transition and energy poverty, and programmes such as InvestEU and Horizon Europe and their synergies with cohesion policy.
Global energy investment stabilised in 2018, ending three consecutive years of decline, as capital spending on oil, gas and coal supply bounced back while investment stalled for energy efficiency and renewables, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest annual review.
Eurostat estimates that in 2018 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion significantly decreased by 2.5% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous year. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. They are influenced by factors such as climate conditions, economic growth, size of the population, transport and industrial activities.
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.