Merger Case: M.9449 VAG / VARTA (CONSUMER BATTERY, CHARGERS AND PORTABLE POWER AND LIGHTING BUSINESS)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – EU forest strategy post-2020 (14 October 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

Keynote speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič at the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System conference “Changing the Game: Putting Foresight at the Heart of Policymaking”

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Event: Energy storage in emerging markets: the next frontier (London, 5 November 2019)

Join on 05 November in London for “Energy Storage in Emerging Markets: The Next Frontier”, a forum co-hosted by the United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Climate Investment Funds for experts, practitioners, and thought leaders to coalesce around big ideas and bold action for energy storage systems.

Press Release: State aid: Commission opens investigation into proposed public support for Samsung plant in Hungary

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Hungary’s plans to grant €108 million of public support to Samsung SDI for investing in the expansion of its battery cell production facility in Göd (Hungary) is in line with EU rules on regional State aid.

Event: The First European Zinc Battery Meeting (Brussels, 14 & 15 October 2019)

Zinc is abundant, economical, safe, recyclable and above all full of energy! Zinc has a major role to play in the future of batteries as new technologies are continuously emerging all over the world. R-Zinc offers you the opportunity to discover the latest developments and applications from the energy sector during the first meeting entirely dedicated to rechargeable zinc battery technologies and markets in the capital of Europe.

Reply to National Parliament: Senato della Repubblica (IT) – COM(2019) 176 final

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President-designate for the European Green Deal (8 October 2019)

The summary of the hearing is now available.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9544 BROOKFIELD / JOHNSON CONTROLS AUTOBATTERIE

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – AOB: Zero-emission cars (4 October 2019)

A summary of the information from the Danish delegation and the debate is now available.

Press Release: The Council adopts conclusions on the circular economy

The Council stresses in its conclusions that further ambitious efforts are needed to stimulate a systemic transition to a sustainable society. The circular economy is an important driver for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, respecting the planetary boundaries as well as reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Conclusions on “More circularity – Transition to a sustainable society” (4 October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Kadri Simson, Commissioner-Designate for Energy (3 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

Press Release: A tiny battery solution with huge potential for Europe

Pioneering EU-funded research on new solid-state batteries is paving the way for tiny yet powerful batteries for safer and better space applications. Industry partners are advancing with plans to commercialise the thin-film energy-storage technologies and processes at the heart of the project.

Stakeholder Press Release: EUROBAT urges EU to broaden support for all battery technologies

The EU needs to fast-track support for all battery technologies and nurture home-grown businesses if it wants to be a world leader in green technologies, according to EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers.

Press Release: Commentary – Non-traditional energy companies lead a record year for corporate investment in energy start-ups

More money than ever is going to energy venture capital deals, but spread across fewer start-ups. This needs to change if venture capital is to have a significant impact on energy transitions.

Draft Council conclusions on “More circularity – Transition to a sustainable society”

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Stakeholder Article: CO2 emissions and carbon neutrality

NGVA Europe – Decarbonization is a major concern for the transport sector as, despite the continuous progress in improving vehicle efficiency, energy demand from the sector is growing. Consequently, CO2 emissions from the sector are still increasing. Looking to the light duty sector, in 2018 the average CO2 emissions from the EU car fleet grow up by 1,7% compared to 2017 according to the European Environmental Agency EEA.

OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – Developing our economic base and competitiveness check-up (26 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Presentation of the European Court of Auditors Special Report “Wind and solar power for electricity generation” (25 September 2019)

The summary of the presentation of the report is now available.

Study: Assessment methodology for the benefits of electricity storage projects for the PCI process

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