Event – Webinar: Perspectives on the multiple benefits of energy efficiency for ASEAN (18 October)

Most energy efficiency policies are justified on the basis of energy savings, together with contributions to energy security and climate change mitigation. However, improved energy efficiency also delivers additional, non-energy benefits for individuals, the broader economy, and society. We call this the “multiple benefits” of energy efficiency. These benefits include various macroeconomic benefits (e.g. shifts in energy trade balances and employment), increased access to energy, and affordability of energy services, reduced air pollution, and fiscal improvements for national and sub-national entities.

Press Release & Factsheet: EU Battery Alliance: Major progress in establishing battery manufacturing in Europe in only one year

Major progress in establishing battery manufacturing in Europe in only one year. One year on from the launch of the European Battery Alliance (EBA), the Commission Action Plan is in place, the first pilot production facilities are being built and further projects are announced to establish the EU as the lead player in the strategic area of battery innovation and manufacturing. 

Written Answer to a Question: Interreg-B cooperation area Central Europe

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Press Release: IEA and China’s NDRC sign Memorandum of Understanding on energy efficiency collaboration

The International Energy Agency and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy efficiency collaboration. Mr Zhang Yong, Vice Chairman of the NDRC, and Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director signed the agreement at the IEA headquarters in Paris today.

Event: Sustainable battery manufacturing – Can Europe take the lead? (Brussels, 17 October 2018)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1522 of 11 October 2018 laying down a common format for national air pollution control programmes under Directive (EU) 2016/2284 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (notified under document C(2018) 6549)

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Press Release: Technical workshops on EU ETS funding mechanisms for modernising energy sector, including Modernisation Fund

The European Commission is organising a series of technical workshops in the 10 EU Member States that will benefit from the new Modernisation Fund to be set up under the revised ETS Directive. The workshops will also allow for discussions on the possible use of the Article 10c mechanism.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks (10 October 2018)

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Press Release: CO2 emission standards for cars and vans: Council agrees its position

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Event: Ecomundo (Rimini, 6-9 November 2018)

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Press Release: Event in Brussels “Energy Union in motion – Cohesion Policy supporting coal regions in transition” with Vice-President Šefčovič and Commissioner Creţu

Press Release: Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Carlos Moedas welcome the UN climate change report on 1.5° C global warming limit

“The EU has been at the forefront of addressing the root causes of climate change and strengthening a concerted global response to it in the framework of the Paris Agreement. Today’s report is a remarkable endeavour of scientists to inform policy-makers worldwide and society at large. EU-funded research provided indispensable input to this undertaking. We would like to thank the scientists for their outstanding work in delivering this timely report.”

Event: Electricity Networks at the Heart of Europe’s changing energy system (Brussels, 27 November 2018)

Electricity will help play a central role in helping the European Union meet its energy and climate goals towards a low-carbon European economy by 2050. Electrification is the most direct, effective and efficient way of reaching the decarbonisation objectives. This makes the electricity network the backbone of the future energy system. What needs to be done to future-proof the EU electricity network that enables Europeans to enjoy clean, secure and affordable electricity?

Briefing: EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Environmental protection

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Press Release: EIB commits EUR 400 million to cohesion projects in Hungary; signs two new deals under the Juncker Plan

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is showing its support for the Hungarian economy and for cohesion projects in Central and Eastern Europe. In Budapest today, EIB Vice-President Vázil Hudák signed four different loan agreements for a total amount of EUR 400 million and one advisory agreement. He also spoke at the Budapest Economic Forum.

Speech by Maroš Šefčovič at the publication launch of the “Energy Investment Risk Assessment 2018” (#EIRA2018) in Brussels

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Bundesrat (DE) – COM(2018) 97 final

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Event: International Eco-innovation Congress “envietech2018” and Austrian Award Gala State Prize2018 „Clean Technology Austria“ (Graz, 30 October 2018)

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Publication: Sustainable Sourcing of Materials Required for a Resource Efficient and Low-carbon Society

Our modern economy relies on the quality and availability of natural resources. Driven by population growth and economic development, future demand for natural resources is expected to further increase in coming decades. Natural resources such as metals, non-metallic minerals, and biomass will be an important part of society’s future material mix as countries increasingly transition towards resource efficient and greenhouse gas neutral economies.

Press Release: European Innovation Council pilot takes 18 companies to China International Industry Fair 2018

Last week the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot brought18 cutting-edge companies working on environmental technologies and renewable energy to China International Industry Fair 2018, in Shanghai, China. The companies were promoted as part of the support services that small businesses get alongside their grant from the EIC’s SME Instrument funding strand.

Progress on financial services legislative files

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Press Release: SG Finans to support climate investment in Norway with EIB credit line

NOK 1.73 billion (EUR 180 million) for small investments in Norway, 70% of financing earmarked for climate relevant projects with a focus on low-carbon transport modes. First transaction under project signed with Norgesbuss for the acquisition of 17 electric buses, giving major boost to sustainable transport and green transition in Norway.

Amendments: EP ECON Committee on Disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks

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