This research policy workshop will focus on how to move forward the innovation chain in the EU for bioenergy, advanced biofuels and renewable fuels, contributing to the clean energy transformation in energy and transport, in line with the Strategic Development Goals and the EU Communication “Clean Planet for All”. For this purpose, the workshop will identify the research and innovation needs, the strategy and the roadmap for bioenergy, biofuels and renewable fuels to make the European industrial energy and transport sectors economically and environmentally sustainable, secure and competitive in the global markets.
This month, a milestone for sustainable transport in and for Europe was reached: the two hundredth LNG fuelling station was opened. These stations provide fuel for the over 6.000 LNG trucks now running in Europe driving a low-carbon emissions transport system that natural and renewable gas offer.
Update: A revised version of the Fourth report on the State of the Energy Union and a corrigendum for the original version have been published.
A press release, a Q&A and the speeches by VP Sefcovic and Commissioner Arias Cañete at the State of the Energy Union press conference are also available.
Eurostat estimates that in 2018 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion significantly decreased by 2.5% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous year. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. They are influenced by factors such as climate conditions, economic growth, size of the population, transport and industrial activities.
In 2017 there were 262 million cars registered in the European Union (EU) Member States. Around 2 million (0.8 %) of these were classified as either electric cars or hybrid electric cars that can be driven in combination with a petrol or diesel engine.
In their Joint Statement of 25 July 2018 in Washington D.C., President Juncker and President Trump agreed to strengthen EU-U.S. strategic cooperation with respect to energy. They came in particular to an understanding on the benefits of expanded exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the EU gas market.
Today the European Commission decided to register 4 new European Citizens’ Initiatives: ‘The fast, fair and effective solution to climate change’, ‘Ending the aviation fuel tax exemption in Europe’, ‘Cohesion policy for the equality of the regions and sustainability of the regional cultures’ and ‘PRO-NUTRISCORE’. At the same time, the Commission decided it cannot register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘Stopping trade with Israeli settlements operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territory’.