EU proposals, part of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package, on energy efficiency, renewables and governance of the Energy Union, were top of the agenda on April 19 in Sofia, Bulgaria, at an informal council of EU energy ministers, also attended by European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete.
ELIPTIC project covers three main areas for exploiting electric public transport infrastructure: electric buses integration, an enabler for electric-mobility with multi-modal and shared mobility options plus energy efficiency with different recuperation approaches.
One of the world’s most environmentally friendly passenger ships is harnessing the wind for propulsion, cutting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, thanks to the installation of an innovative rotor sail developed by an EU-funded project.
Dr Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s Executive Director, met Monday with Peter Altmaier, Germany’s Minister of Economy and Energy. The bilateral meeting focused on the IEA’s role in the global clean energy transition thanks to its expertise across all fuels and energy technologies, as well as energy efficiency.
This event aims to share best practices from Greece and Cyprus as well as further countries on how energy efficiency investments can be financed. This includes the use of private funds and innovative financing instruments, notably in the building and industry sectors. Speakers will focus on practical experiences in developing and structuring investment programmes and the event will allow time for debate.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a loan of up to EUR 100 million to co-finance projects under the Casa Eficiente 2020 programme, promoted by the Portuguese Republic to support investments of individuals and small companies implementing residential energy and water efficiency refurbishments schemes.
The EIB expects to finalise financing for new investment in energy, telecommunications, transport, urban development projects and business lending programmes. This includes EUR 1.4 billion for the metro extension in Stockholm and the acquisition of trains in the Italian Lombardy region.
An informal meeting of EU energy ministers will take place in Sofia on 19 April 2018. The motto of the meeting, which will be chaired by Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova, is “Sustainable Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy”. This is the first informal meeting of the energy ministers within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.