“A quiet revolution is taking place” highlighted Bellona at one of its COP23 side events on electrification of maritime transport in Bonn, Germany, last week. While most discussions centre around zero emission solutions for land transport, Bellona has taken on the next challenge: taking the electric revolution to the seas. ‘The technology is here, what we need is regulation’ was a key message echoed by the speakers.
This workshop provides a dashboard overview of the 10 DecarbEurope technologies: what is their current status; what can be expected in the coming years, and how can these technologies be integrated into a solution to decarbonize Europe.
The agenda items include examinations of revised draft information papers and presentation and first examinations of Commission Staff Working Documents in Preparation of IMO/PPR 5 (London, 5-9 February 2018).
A summary of the debate with a focus on the Commission and representatives of the political groups is now available.
The resurgence in oil and gas production from the United States, deep declines in the cost of renewables and growing electrification are changing the face of the global energy system and upending traditional ways of meeting energy demand, according to the World Energy Outlook 2017.
“Today the Transport committee in the European Parliament rejected a lukewarm proposal on use of energy from renewable sources. The S&D Group could not support the opinion on the Industry and Energy committee’s final report, which was too limited in scope. The S&D group clearly opposed a conservative attempt to weaken the ambition of EU renewable targets, instead calling for national binding targets on renewables for all Member States”.
The study analyses the future energy demand of the European transport market, along with the necessary build-up of renewable energy capacities and the related investments needed to achieve an 80-95% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs). The main topics and questions of the study are: How can e-fuels help the transport sector meet the EU climate targets? To what extent do renewable energy capacities need to be increased in order to meet energy demand in the transport sector? What is the amount of cumulated investments needed for energy and fuel supply by 2050?
This overview was prepared for the mission of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) to Silicon Valley (30 October-3 November 2017).
A summary of the debate is available.
The EIB and Volvo Car Corporation have signed a EUR 245 million loan agreement backing research and development activities in connectivity, efficient petrol hybrid engines, longer-range electric cars and advanced driving assistance systems. The EIB transaction with Volvo Cars was made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is the central pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe. It was founded by the EIB Group and the European Commission to boost the competitiveness of the European economy.
Update: The reaction from the ECR Group has been published.
NGVA Europe welcomes the publication of the EU Commission’s second part of the Mobility Package and stresses the importance to introduce a more comprehensive approach for assessing the environmental benefits from the mobility solutions. In this context, the well-to-wheel approach can guarantee a fair and complete evaluation of the decarbonisation effect among different solutions, and it results as a fundamental booster to introduce more renewable energy sources in the transportation sector in a cost-effective way.
Update: New documents have been published.
The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles.
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In the third quarter of 2017, registrations of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in the European Union continued to show strong growth, with demand increasing by 51.4% compared to last year. 211,635 alternatively-powered cars were registered over this period, accounting for 6.2% of total passenger car sales. Electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) made up for 1.6% of all cars sold across the EU during the third quarter of the year.
The GrowSmarter project brings together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy, infrastructure and transport. During the webinar, the project’s three Lighthouse cities of Stockholm, Barcelona and Cologne will be presenting on a few examples on consolidation centres, micro-distribution of freight and last mile delivery with electric cargo bikes.
Question for Written Answer to the Commission (Rule 130) by Carolina Punset (ALDE) regarding ‘Banning polluting vehicles from cities and encouraging the use of electric vehicles’.
From today, you can apply for funding under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme through three calls that are open for proposal submission. The total available funding is €267 million. These calls are part of the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge. The application period starts today and candidates will be able to submit their proposals until 30 January 2018 (two-stage call) or 4 April 2018 (single-stage call).