Press Release: Energy and Climate Technical Working Group continues work on 2030 Energy Community targets methodology

Yesterday’s third Energy and Climate Technical Working Group continued to focus on defining the methodology for calculating 2030 targets for the Energy Community. The interim report was presented by a team of researchers from Technische Universität Wien, which discussed the upgraded methodology reflecting an ambition level comparable to EU Member States. The Secretariat was invited to continue working on the study with TU Wien, Joanneum and REKK, in close coordination with the European Commission and technical experts from the Contracting Parties. Once refined, the study will propose a range of targets that may be expected under aligned framework conditions in the Contracting Parties, taking into account differences in economic developments.

Press Release: Secretariat to support new fund for promoting use of renewable district energy in Western Balkans

Efficient district energy (heating and cooling) systems are perfect for the application of energy from renewable sources and use of waste heat. Renewables can be more affordable for the district energy system operators and end-customers, compared to energy from fossil fuels. However, their potential is greatly underexploited in the Western Balkans Region due to the lack of information and know-how. In addition, district energy systems operators are sometimes reluctant to invest resources in new technologies due to the lack of financial support.

Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (3 – 4 April 2019)

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Press Release: Commission organises international Carbon Market Workshop in Florence, Italy

For the third consecutive year, carbon market experts from around the globe met yesterday in Florence to gain insight and exchange experiences related to the development and the day-to-day operation of emissions trading systems.

Press Release: Joint understanding on the application of the third energy package towards Iceland

Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson and Climate Action and Energy European Commissioner Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE discussed on 20 March 2019 the EU Third Energy Package, taking into account the unique situation in Iceland as concerns renewable energy and energy markets.

Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2019/466 of 18 March 2019 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, as regards the amendment of Annex XXVII to that Agreement

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Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) (27 March 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate change) (29 March 2019)

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions ENVE Commission Meeting (4 April 2019)

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Mission Reports: EP ENVI Committee

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Agenda: Working Party on Energy (26 March 2019)

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Press Release: More efforts needed to accelerate improvements in fuel economy

Improvements in the fuel economy of cars have slowed according to a new report by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) in cooperation with the IEA. The report, “Fuel Economy in Major Car Markets: Technology and policy drivers 2005-2017” reviews developments in fuel economy and highlights recent changes.

UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (18 March 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Vote on common rules for the internal market in natural gas (18 March 2019)

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Speech by Commissioner Arias Cañete at the Clean Energy Industrial Forum on Renewables

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Agenda: Working Party on Energy (19 March 2019)

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Question for a Written Answer: Applicability of the new Gas Directive

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Question for a Written Answer: Possible derogation for a Balkan Gas Hub pipeline

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Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, as regards the amendment of Annex XXVII to that Agreement

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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.

Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) (18 March 2019)

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Press Release: Italy supports EU initiative to boost investment in sustainable energy in developing countries with €5 million

Today, Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea signed a €5 million support agreement to ElectriFI – the EU flagship initiative to de-risk sustainable energy investments in developing countries.

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