Press Release: Energy Community side-event highlights challenges and opportunities in shifting to a just, low-carbon transition at COP24 in Katowice

On 10 December 2018, the Energy Community Secretariat, with the support of the Polish Government under the COP24 Presidency, held the side-event “Shifting to a low-carbon economy: Just transition pathways in the Energy Community and beyond” at the twenty-fourth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice. For the first time, the Energy Community Secretariat participated to the climate COP as an observer organization.

UPDATED – Agenda: Ambient Air Quality Expert Group (23-25 October 2018)

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Statistics: National policies and measures on climate change mitigation in Europe

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Press Release: Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger in Katowice: “We are here to flesh out the Paris Agreement with rules”

Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger and EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete represent EU member states at the world’s biggest climate conference in Poland – “We still have a long way to go”.

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (12 & 14 December 2018)

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Press Release: Draft delegated Decision on the carbon leakage list for 2021-2030 open for stakeholder feedback

A draft delegated act establishing a list of sectors and subsectors deemed at risk of carbon leakage for the 2021-2030 EU ETS trading period has been published on the Better Regulation Portal for a 4-week stakeholder feedback period. It will be open until 2 January 2019.

Updated – Agenda: EP ECON Committee Extraordinary Meeting (10 December 2018)

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Communication from the Commission – A Clean Planet for all A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy

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(EU) 2017/2400 and Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the determination of the CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of heavy-duty vehicles

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Stakeholder: Stepping up global climate action together – our future, our choice

Orgalime, Brussels, 10 December 2018.

Press Release: The EU must show the world how to transition away from fossil fuels in a socially just manner, say S&Ds attending COP24

Tomorrow a delegation from the S&D Group in the European Parliament will arrive in Katowice (Poland) to participate in the 24th UN Climate Change Conference. It is the most important meeting since the COP21 in Paris, and it aims to agree on a rulebook on the way to enforce global action to make sure that warming will be well below 2 degrees as compared to pre-industrial levels.

Provisional Agenda: Energy Council (19 December 2018)

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Provisional Agenda: Environment Council (20 December 2018)

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Report: Europe’s Electricity Market Design: 2030 and beyond

This CERRE report analyses the possible evolution of the European electricity market under different levels of variable renewable energy penetration towards 2025. The report highlights the challenges for the current market design in moving towards self-financing VRE. It also observes a likely continuation of the difficulties faced by generators in financing their investments on the basis of wholesale power prices alone, with only some partial mitigation should commodity prices rise, as expected by the IEA, or with substantial improvements in interconnection across Europe.

Press Release: European Green Capital Network Launches Call for Action for Sustainable Cities

In light of the latest IPCC assessment report, which states that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, 20 cities from across Europe – members of the European Green Capital Network – have come together to sign a joint call for action to enhance sustainability in all cities around the world. The call for action, which was signed on 23 November in the European Green Capital 2018, Nijmegen (Netherlands), aims to inspire cities worldwide to become more sustainable and climate-resilient by creating a green movement. It will be presented at the global climate conference #COP24 in Katowice (Poland) on 10 December 2018.

EU agricultural outlook 2018-2030: Nitrogen pollution expected to drop

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Statistics: National policies and measures on climate change mitigation in Europe

How many policies and measures (PaMs) did the European Member States implement or plan to implement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? What type of policies, affecting which sectors have been primarily reported? Were the European Union policies driving the development of national policies? The European Environment Agency’s viewer explores PaMs reported by Member States under the EU Monitoring Mechanism Regulation. Member States report main characteristics of the PaMs, such as a description, objective, type, status, sectors, related EU policies etc. Where available, Member States report quantitative information on the GHG emission savings of the PaMs, both ex ante (future looking) and ex post (retrospectively), as well as the projected and realised costs and benefits. Reported information is checked by the European Environment Agency and its European Topic Centre on Climate Mitigation and Energy. Three sheets: ‘Overview’,’Reported expected effects’ and ‘Reported achieved effects’ allow users to understand more about the national climate change mitigation PaMs.

Press Release: EU Energy Day at COP 24 to focus on the clean energy transition

The EU Energy Day will be an occasion to discuss the different aspects of these upcoming challenges, and together with Members of the European Parliament, representatives of national and local governments from EU Member States and other countries, the renewable energy industry, entrepreneurs/innovators, stakeholder associations, academia and civil society, will showcase some of the initiatives launched to support the clean energy transition in the EU and beyond.

UPDATED – Comitology meeting: 97th Session of the Climate Change Committee (6 December 2018)

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UPDATED – State aid Case: SA.52174 Aid to OCAP CO2 B.V. for investment in CO2 pipeline and compressor station – “De Kwakel”

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Communication from the Commission – A Clean Planet for all A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy

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Sustainable Finance: Invitation for feedback and expert workshops on taxonomy

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Event: Sustainability Summit 2019 (London, 21 March 2019)

The fourth edition of The Economist’s  Sustainability Summit will marshal the evidence to measure past progress, and assess where and how policymakers, financial institutions and business leaders should act. Where are we on the sustainability front compared with where we need to be? In what areas are efforts still falling short? Has the world already passed the point of no return in terms of climate change? And to what extent should efforts be directed at adaptation rather than mitigation?

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