Clean Planet for all: Strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy – employment aspects

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Agenda: Working Party on Energy (2 July 2019)

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Finland’s Presidency Programme: Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future

Presidency of the Council of the European Union 1 July – 31 December 2019

Press Release: New EIT Climate-KIC supported report proposes basis for a future EU taxonomy in legislation

The European Commission has welcomed the publication of the three new important reports by the Technical Expert Group (TEG) on sustainable finance, including key recommendations on the types of economic activities that can make a real contribution to climate change mitigation or adaptation.

OPP Meeting Summary: Energy Council – AOB – Work programme of the upcoming Finnish Presidency (25 June 2019)

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Stakeholder Briefing: European Aluminium’s I+MANIFESTO

The aluminium industry is at a crossroad, facing considerable challenges but also tremendous business and societal opportunities. Its goal is to strive for a truly sustainable economy, supporting the Paris Agreement and delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This requires a deep transformation and renewal of its existing industrial base and assets.

Press Release: Sunrise – making artificial photosynthesis a reality

The Sunrise project aims at providing a sustainable solution to mitigate the effects of climate change by developing a sustainable alternative to the production of fossil-based, energy-intensive fuels and basic chemicals. The project is committed to help establish a carbon-neutral circular economy and contribute to a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050.

Press Release: Energy Community Secretariat outlines the steps needed for a successful energy and climate transition in the Energy Community

On the occasion of this week’s informal meeting of Energy Community ministers responsible for energy, climate and environment and the Sustainability Forum, the Secretariat published a follow-up to its 2018 Wachau Manifesto. The document outlines ten building blocks as input to this week’s energy transition discussion and beyond.

Stakeholder Briefing: A new agenda for Europe – Business priorities to deliver a prosperous, climate neutral economy

June 2019: The EU is entering a period of institutional change with a new Parliament and a new European Commission. These institutions will need to develop an agenda that puts Europe on track to end its contribution to climate change by 2050 at the latest while delivering economic and social benefits. This briefing sets out what business sees as five priorities for Europe’s new leaders, identifying the key areas where EU policymakers and businesses must work together to deliver a competitive, prosperous, climate neutral future.

Press Release: Macro-regional strategies – EESC urges improvement

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) presented a set of policy proposals to tap the full potential of macro-regional strategies in an exploratory opinion, at its plenary session in June. The proposals prioritise enhanced communication and connectivity between cooperation partners and closer involvement of civil society organisations in macro-regional strategies.

Event: A just Transition to Clean Energy – Getting it Right, Getting it Funded (Brussels, 27 June 2019)

The EU is deciding on its multi-year budget and 2050 climate strategy. Member States are finalising their climate and energy plans.

Now is the time to ensure a just transition to a clean and sustainable economy.

Official Journal (C Series): Communication from the Commission — Guidelines on non-financial reporting: Supplement on reporting climate-related information

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Press Release: State aid: Commission approves €431 million public support for cleaner transport in German cities

The European Commission has found German plans to support the retrofitting of municipal and commercial diesel vehicles to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure should contribute to reducing nitrogen oxides emissions by 1,450 tonnes per year, while limiting distortions of competition.

Speech: Vice-President Šefčovič at the CEPS 2019 Low-Carbon Economy Forum on Industrial Implications of EU and Global Climate change policy

Brussels, 18 June 2019

UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) (27-28 May 2019)

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Written Answer to Question: Direct financing for large companies

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Press Release: Member States’ climate plans need far more ambition

Today, the European Commission has released its assessment of EU Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans, and found that national governments need to step up their ambitions to meet EU climate and energy targets and be in line with the Paris Agreement.

TEG Report on Climate Benchmarks

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TEG Report on Green Bond Standard

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TEG Report on EU Taxonomy

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Press Release: Sustainable finance – Commission publishes guidelines to improve how firms report climate-related information and welcomes three new important reports on climate finance by leading experts

The European Commission has today published new guidelines on corporate climate-related information reporting, as part of its Sustainable Finance Action Plan. These guidelines will provide companies with practical recommendations on how to better report the impact that their activities are having on the climate as well as the impact of climate change on their business.

Press Release: Energy Union – Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement

The Commission has today published its assessment of Member States’ draft plans to implement the EU’s Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

Includes the 28 draft National Energy and Climate Plans, a Q&A explaining the plans and press remarks by Vice-President Šefčovič and Commissioner Arias Cañete.

Press Release: IEA takes part in G20 Energy and Environment Ministerial in Japan

The International Energy Agency has provided in-depth support for this weekend’s meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers, including the publication of a major new study on hydrogen’s potential role in global energy transitions.

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