Commission Staff Working Document: Report on Raw Materials for Battery Applications

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on type-approval requirements for motor vehicles and their trailers, and systems,components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles, as regards their general safety and the protection of vehicle occupants and vulnerable road users, amending Regulation (EU) 2018/… and repealing Regulations (EC) No 78/2009, (EC) No 79/2009 and (EC) No 661/2009

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Stakeholder Press Release: Long-Term Emissions Reduction: Stakeholders Discuss Potential for Renewable Liquid Fuels

A week away from the release of the European Commission’s 2050 “Long-Term Strategy” for emissions reduction, three Brussels based organisations, Eurofuel, ECFD and UPEI – jointly with their respective German members – presented and debated the results of the Prognos Study “Status and Perspectives for Liquid Energy Sources in the Energy Transition”.  The Prognos Study was commissioned by the four organisations representing the mineral oil sector in Germany.  Whilst the study focussed on an analysis of the German market, the findings can be extrapolated on an EU wide level.  The event was held on 21 November 2018 in Brussels and gathered experts and professionals from the transport and heating fuels sector.

Report: SET Plan delivering results – The Implementation Plans

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Press Release: EEA report confirms: electric cars are better for climate and air quality

“Battery electric cars emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their entire life cycle than petrol and diesel cars, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today. Promoting renewable energy and circular economy — including the shared use of vehicles and product design that supports reuse and recycling — will help maximise the benefits of shifting to electric vehicles.”

Agenda: 24th meeting of the Customs Expert Group, Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature – Section (Heads of Tariff) (10 December 2018)

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Press Release: World-leading Greek battery firm, SUNLIGHT, to expand specialist manufacturing and innovation following EUR 12.5m EIB backing

The new investment will support both new specialized production equipment and strengthen research and development of new battery products at one of the most advanced industrial plants in Europe, as well as increase the working capital inventory of the company.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Type-approval requirements for motor vehicles and their trailers as regards their general safety and the protection of vehicle occupants and vulnerable road users (21 November 2018)

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Report: Mission Possible: Reaching Net-Zero Carbon Emissions from Harder-to-Abate Sectors by Mid-Century

“New report by the Energy Transitions Commission shows that reaching net-zero carbon emissions from heavy industry and heavy-duty transport can be done through ambitious policy, accelerated innovation, and investment, with minimal cost to the global economy.”

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (21 & 23 November 2018)

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Study: Sector coupling – how can it be enhanced in the EU to foster grid stability and decarbonise?

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Ms Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, on ICAO’s CORSIA developments (19 November 2018)

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Report: Research and innovation capacity in smart mobility and services

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Speech by VP Šefčovič on Climate policy and the Energy Union at the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union in Vienna.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9049 E.ON SE / CLEVER / UFC SCANDINAVIA JV

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Press Release: Investing in clean mobility is essential, say EESC members at high-level Vienna conference

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Agenda: Expert Group on alternative transport fuels (‘the Sustainable Transport Forum’) (main group) (21 November 2018)

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Comitology Meeting: Energy Performance of Buildings Committee (29 November 2018)

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (12-15 November 2018)

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Press Release: State aid: Commission approves €107 million public support for greener buses in Germany

The European Commission has found German plans to support the retrofitting of diesel buses used for public transport to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure should contribute to reducing nitrogen oxides emissions by over 2,000 tonnes per year while limiting distortions of competition.

Event: SUITS Conference – Stimulating transport innovation through capacity building in small-medium local authorities (Coventry, UK, 21 November 2018)

The SUITS Consortium invites representatives from research institutions and universities, the larger scientific community, transport industry, transport service providers, cities representatives, local regional bodies, national and regional authorities, regulators, policy makers, civil society, media representatives, and public and private research & development (R&D) partners in the field of innovative transport to discuss the challenges associated with capacity building in small- and medium-sized cities.

Press Release: EBRD helps acquire new rolling stock for Oskemen

The population of Oskemen in East Kazakhstan will benefit from the introduction of modern energy efficient diesel buses, which will partially replace the city’s ageing public transport fleet with the help of an EBRD loan.

Press Release: Safer Li-ion batteries by preventing thermal propagation

Electrical energy storage plays a crucial role in ensuring mobility and reliable energy supply in the future. Li-ion technology is considered as one of the solutions also for large scale applications (e.g.electrification of transport, smart grids). As we move from single cells to modules and packs, failure modes in Li-ion batteries become increasingly complex and their potential damage can be substantial and difficult to deal with. Failure modes due to thermal, mechanical, electrical abuse or cell-internal failure may develop into so-called thermal runaway which is accompanied by hazardous effects.

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