Press Release: Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in Germany to discuss electro mobility, batteries and a just transition from coal

Agenda: EP ECON Committee Meeting (19 – 20 November 2018)

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change

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UPDATED – Amendments to the Report: EP ITRE Committee on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)

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Report from the Commission on exercise of the delegation conferred on the Commission pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 443/2009 setting emission performance standards for new passenger cars as part of the Union’s integrated approach to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles

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Speech by the Commissioner for climate action and energy Miguel Arias Cañete at the Tsinghua University: Explaining EU climate policy

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Report: EP ECON Committee on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks and amending Directive (EU) 2016/2341

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Agenda: Meeting of 27 November 2018 on mobilising efforts to reach the EU energy efficiency targets for 2020 (27 November 2018)

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Amendments to the Report: EP ENVI Committee on setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles

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Press Release: Energy efficiency: Commission calls on 7 Member States to correctly transpose EU rules

Today, the Commission decided to send letters of formal notice to Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Spain and for failing to correctly transpose or implement certain requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive. These Member States now have two months to reply to the arguments raised by the Commission; otherwise, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion.

Press Release: Rudy De Leeuw: “The finance-climate pact is a necessity, but also an opportunity for Europe”

Rudy De Leeuw, member of the EESC, rapporteur of the opinion on the European finance-climate pact voted in the plenary session in October 2018, affirmed during a meeting on 8 November with journalists that Europe needs to do more in terms of budget and investments to fight the climate change and its effects. But far from being a burden, this challenge has also a positive side: “The finance-climate pact is a necessity, but also an opportunity for Europe”.

Press Release: Low cost finance is key to energy saving upgrades in homes and business

The EIB-European Investment Advisory Hub, in conjunction with the European Commission, the SBCI and the government funded Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), today hosted an event in Dublin examining how energy efficiency is financed in Europe. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. attended the event which highlighted the importance of providing low cost finance options for homeowners and businesses if ambitious targets for energy saving are to be met.

Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (12 – 15 November 2018)

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Press Release: Joint Energy Community – IRENA workshop prepares Contracting Parties for grid integration of variable renewables

Today’s workshop organized jointly by the Energy Community and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was able to capture the key challenges and opportunities linked with the grid integration of variable renewable energy sources, like wind or solar. The workshop identified the current and future energy trends, concluding that a complete transformation of the power sector is inevitable with the expected large-scale deployment of renewables. Coordinated early planning for a system with a higher share of renewable energy could avoid making costly investment mistakes.

Press Release: IEA, IEF and OPEC hold fourth Symposium on Gas and Coal Market Outlooks

The fourth Symposium on Gas and Coal Market Outlooks was held in Paris yesterday by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Energy Forum (IEF) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to exchange views and compare outlooks for natural gas and coal markets in the short, medium and long term.

UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (7 and 9 November 2018)

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At a Glance: Joint debate – energy package

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Press Release: The rise of EU islands on the clean energy transition front: second Forum in Lanzarote highlights islands’ energy potential

The forum’s agenda focused on finding ways to accelerate the clean energy transition in islands by making them frontrunners in the transformation of their energy systems. This shift must ensure secure and competitive energy is delivered whilst also bringing benefits to local economies and deploying innovative clean energy technologies. The forum discussed achievements since the launch of the Initiative one year ago, the experience of clean energy transition of outermost regions, progress on technologies supporting the clean energy transition, the recently launched Secretariat supporting the Initiative, as well as the importance of stakeholders’ engagement in the clean energy transition.

Updated information on Exchange and International Credit Use in the EU ETS

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting on the Amendment of the Auctioning Regulation (18 September 2018)

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Press Release: EU targets: more renewables, better energy efficiency

Under new rules agreed by Parliament and national governments, at least 32% of the EU’s energy consumption in 2030 will have to come from renewable sources, such as the sun or wind. EU countries will also have to ensure that at least 14% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources.

European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 24/2018: “Demonstrating carbon capture and storage and innovative renewables at commercial scale in the EU: intended progress not achieved in the past decade”

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