Decisions of several committees to enter into interinstitutional negotiations (for announcement on Monday 23 October)

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UPDATED – Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (23 – 26 October 2017)

Update: The Final Draft Agenda has been published.

The agenda includes items concerning energy & climate, environment, trade, transport and general policy.

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Press Release: IEA kicks off training week on energy efficiency in Tbilisi, Georgia

TBILISI – The International Energy Agency kicked-off the IEA for EU4Energy Energy Efficiency Training Week in Tbilisi today bringing 150 participants from 11 countries across Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. Full article…

Agenda: Working Party on Energy (19 October 2017)

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Stakeholder: The expected reform to make the EPBD fit for purpose starts today with the ITRE committee vote

Brussels, 11 October 2017: Glass for Europe’s members, which manufacture and transform flat glass to make advanced energy saving technologies available to the building sector, welcome the positive signal that the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee has sent today by amending the European Commission proposal for the Energy Performance of Building Directive.

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Press Release: Fuel Cell Micro CHP Ready to Decarbonise Residential Housing Sector

“Fuel cell micro-CHP is a technology that is modern, innovative and enjoyed by many customers today. That’s why we want to deploy it in the coming energy mix in Europe” said Fiona Riddoch from Cogen Europe as the first statement of the project ene.field final dissemination event. Full article…

Official Journal (C Series): Opinions of the European Committee of the Regions

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Press Release: EU ENE.Field Project Demonstrates that Fuel Cell Micro-Cogeneration is ready to Contribute towards Europe’s Energy and Climate Objectives

Major European field trial, ene.field project, concludes that fuel cell micro-CHP deserves a place in the line-up of key energy solutions for the future energy system, as part of Final Dissemination Event on 11 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The event showcased ene.field findings and outlined next steps for the sector reaching mass commercialisation, based on the successful installation, operation and support of more than 1,000 fuel cells across 10 European countries. Full article…

OPP Meeting Summary: EP REGI Committee – Study commissioned by Policy Department B on the “Financial instruments for energy efficiency and renewable energy“ (10 October 2017)

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Press Release: S&Ds push for smart buildings that will save energy and contribute to clean transport

The Socialists and Democrats pushed for an ambitious enhancement of energy performance that will take the European Union a step closer to meeting targets agreed in the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
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Press Release: Buildings in the EU: highly energy-efficient and money-saving by 2050

New measures to ensure that all new buildings in the EU are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050 were agreed by the Industry and Energy Committee. Full article…

Press Release: EU homes need to be renovated to deliver for climate and citizens

The Greens/EFA group has today backed plans to improve energy efficiency in homes that would see considerable environmental, social and health benefits for EU citizens. The European Parliament’s committee on Industry, Research and Energy voted in favour of proposals to improve the energy performance of buildings.  Full article…

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8604 Xella International / URSA

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Press Release: The Future of EU Finances: new Cohesion report fuels the discussion on EU funds after 2020

Today the Commission publishes the 7th Cohesion report, taking the pulse of EU regions, drawing lessons from cohesion spending during the crisis years and setting the scene for Cohesion Policy after 2020.

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Agenda: EP CONT Committee Meeting (11-12 October 2017)

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Press Release: EU-India summit – joint statement and joint declarations

At the 14th EU-India summit in New Delhi, India, on 6 October 2017, the leaders adopted a joint statement, reaffirming their commitment to strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership.  Full article…

UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology, Advanced manufacturing and processing’

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Briefing: Cities – Front line of climate action

Cities have a crucial role to play in addressing the climate change challenge and delivering on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. In the European Union (EU), where nearly three quarters of the population live in urban areas, many cities are leading the way in this regard, taking action in three areas central to increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions – namely, buildings, energy supply, and transport – and acting as living laboratories of climate-change-related innovation. The EU supports cities in their efforts by providing guidance, promoting experience-and knowledge-sharing, fostering cooperation, and funding climate action. Climate-relevant initiatives are in place in various policy fields, from transport to the environment, research and innovation, the most high profile being the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which currently counts some 7 600 signatories. A supportive framework is essential to ensure city-level initiatives have enough resources and potential to effect meaningful change. Easing access to climate funding and strengthening the role of cities in climate governance are among the main challenges ahead, and the main demands of city associations. The latter issue is being examined by the European Parliament, notably in relation to the proposal for a regulation on energy union governance. Two own-initiative reports exploring the role cities play, first, in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and, second, in the institutional framework of the Union, are also under preparation.

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Event: Copernicus User Forum Industry Workshop (Brussels, 12 October 2017)

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Press Release: What makes buildings green

“Green” comes in many shapes and sizes, but rarely does it come bigger than in buildings. Buildings consume over one-third of the energy used worldwide, and in developed countries that rate is even higher, more than 40 per cent. At the same time, about one-third of global carbon emissions are generated in the building sector.

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SolarPower Europe: Digitalisation & Solar – Task Force Report October 2017

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