Conclusions on the future of energy systems in the Energy Union to ensure the energy transition and the achievement of energy and climate objectives towards 2030 and beyond

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – AOB: Regulation on MRV for shipping (26 June 2019)

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Outcome of the European Council and Euro Summit, 20-21 June 2019

At their most recent meeting, EU Heads of State or Government postponed decisions on nominating a set of high-level EU appointments, including the position of President of the European Commission. EU leaders will now reconvene for a special meeting of the European Council on 30 June, with the aim of reaching an agreement on a package of candidates. On climate policy, the European Council did not achieve consensus on ensuring climate neutrality by 2050 either. Conversely, it adopted the strategic agenda for 2019-24, setting four priority areas that will guide the work of the EU institutions over the next five years. EU leaders also discussed a wide range of external relations issues, including the situation in eastern Ukraine and the Azov Sea, and reconfirmed economic sanctions on Russia.

UPDATED – Agenda: Energy Council (25 June 2019)

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Press Release: IEA holds largest ever energy efficiency conference and launches new global commission for urgent action

The International Energy Agency’s biggest ever Global Conference on Energy Efficiency opened in Dublin on 24 June, bringing together government ministers, CEOs and energy experts from around the world to discuss critical topics like financing, policy innovation and digitalisation.

Press Release: €18m EBRD loan to Kosovo’s first wind farm

Kosovo, which relies for its energy on coal, will benefit from cleaner, more reliable energy from the first large-scale wind farm in the country. The EBRD is supporting the wind farm at Kitka in the east of Kosovo with an €18 million loan.

UPDATED – Draft Council conclusions on the Future of Energy Systems in the Energy Union designed to ensure the clean energy transition and the achievement of energy and climate objectives towards 2030 and beyond

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Study: How to tackle challenges in a future-oriented EU industrial strategy?

This study, requested by the ITRE Committee, provides a critical assessment of the 2017 EU industrial strategy and of the policy measures it comprises. Even though the EU industrial strategy is still a “meta- policy”, it successfully promotes a more integrated and innovative approach. However, it should more clearly identify mission-oriented strategic goals and mobilise the necessary effort and means to reach them.

Stakeholder Briefing: A new agenda for Europe – Business priorities to deliver a prosperous, climate neutral economy

June 2019: The EU is entering a period of institutional change with a new Parliament and a new European Commission. These institutions will need to develop an agenda that puts Europe on track to end its contribution to climate change by 2050 at the latest while delivering economic and social benefits. This briefing sets out what business sees as five priorities for Europe’s new leaders, identifying the key areas where EU policymakers and businesses must work together to deliver a competitive, prosperous, climate neutral future.

UPDATED – Communication from the European Commission – United in delivering the Energy Union and Climate Action – Setting the foundations for a successful clean energy transition

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Press Release: Energy consumption and use by households

In 2017, households accounted for 27.2% of final energy consumption in the European Union (EU). Most of the EU final energy consumption in the households is covered by natural gas (36.0%) and electricity (24.1%). Renewables account for 17.5%, followed by petroleum products (11.2%) and derived heat (7.6%). A small proportion (3.3%) is still covered by coal products (solid fuels).

UPDATED: Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (19 June 2019)

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Event: 4th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency (Dublin, 24 & 25 June 2019)

The International Energy Agency’s fourth annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency will take place in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June.

The Irish Prime Minister, Mr Leo Varadkar, will open the invitation-only event, which will feature Ministers, CEOs and heads of international organisations.

A particular focus of this year’s event will be the impact of digitalisation on energy efficiency, and lessons learned from leaders around the world. Additional themes will include financing, business and policy innovations and the multiple benefits of energy efficiency.

Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)

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Press Release: Member States’ climate plans need far more ambition

Today, the European Commission has released its assessment of EU Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans, and found that national governments need to step up their ambitions to meet EU climate and energy targets and be in line with the Paris Agreement.

Press Release: Energy Union – Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement

The Commission has today published its assessment of Member States’ draft plans to implement the EU’s Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

Includes the 28 draft National Energy and Climate Plans, a Q&A explaining the plans and press remarks by Vice-President Šefčovič and Commissioner Arias Cañete.

Report: Assessing the progress towards the EU energy efficiency targets using index decomposition analysis in 2005-2016

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Report: Distribution System Operators observatory 2018

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Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) with regard to the extension of the Terms of Reference for the IPEEC for the period from 24 May until 31 December 2019

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UPDATED – Agenda: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (14 June 2019)

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