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

Update – public versions of the decisions are available (cases SA.53054, SA.53055 and SA.53056).

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.

Press Release: Commentary – Three priorities for energy technology innovation partnerships

Governments around the world are setting increasingly ambitious climate targets while at the same time pursuing challenging national policy goals such as affordable and sustainable energy for all. In many cases, achieving these goals will require technologies that either do not yet exist, or are not yet ready for market, meaning innovation will be critical. Technology innovation can be a game changer across all sectors, including power generation, industry, buildings and transport.

Call for Proposals: Geothermica’s Second Transnational Call

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Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’

The committee was consulted on the Energy configuration (SC3) of the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee on the selection of 2 proposals, submitted under call H2020-LC-SC3-2019-RES-IA-CSA, for EU funding (batch 2).

UPDATED – Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (23 July 2019)

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Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’

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UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’

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UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’

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Call for Feedback: European Partnership for Clean Hydrogen

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Press Release: European Commission Joint Research Centre opens world-class laboratories to researchers

Researchers from across Europe will now have even more opportunities to use the Joint Research Centre’s state-of-the-art facilities: after a first round of the open access initiative, in which nearly 100 eligible proposals were received from 92 research institutions, further laboratories of the Commission’s in-house science and knowledge service are now available to external scientists. They will now also be able to run experiments on zero emission energy solutions and nuclear safety.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Exchange of views with Ms. Katri Kulmuni, Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs and Ms. Sanna Marin, Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications (23 July 2019)

A summary of the Committee’s exchange of views is now available.

Event: European Annual Gas Conference (Paris, 5-7 November 2019)

The European Annual Gas Conference (EAGC) remains Europe’s most renowned commercial & strategic gas conference, attended by over 300 of the most senior executives from the world including major energy customers and end-users, IOCs, NOCs, TSOs, traders and policy-makers as the preferred platform to network with peers, review trends, question policy and agree future strategy.

Report: Walking on Thin Ice – A Balanced Arctic Strategy for the EU

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Draft Opinion: EP ITRE Committee on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2020

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Draft Report: EP BUDG Committee on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 2/2019 of the European Union to the general budget 2019 – Reinforcement of key programmes for EU competitiveness: Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

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Press Release: IEA hosts high-level meeting on technologies for a clean energy future

The International Energy Agency on 11 July hosted a discussion among leading global energy sector figures about technologies that can help to bring about a clean energy future, including hydrogen and nuclear power.

Press Release: Energy Union and climate neutral solutions priorities for Energy Council

In terms of energy policy, Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will focus on the implementation of legislation. The Presidency will also have an opportunity to lay down long-term policies especially on climate issues.

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (15-16 July 2019)

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Press Release: The who and how of power system flexibility

All around the world, power systems are changing fast. For example last year Denmark supplied 63% of its power demand from variable renewables (wind and solar PV) while last June Great Britain went a full 18 days without burning coal for power generation.

Press Release: EU Ministers discussed Single Market and Climate Neutral Economy

The main topics on the second day of the Informal Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Competitiveness were the integration of the single market with a dynamic digital economy and modern industrial policy, and smart solutions for a competitive and climate neutral Europe. The discussions provide input for the sustainable growth agenda, which is one of the priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Press Release: EU Ministers discussed Research and Innovation as drivers for Sustainable Growth

The main topics on the first day of the Informal Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Competitiveness were research and innovation policy and the upcoming Horizon Europe programme. The discussions provide input for further work on the sustainable growth agenda, which is one of the priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Press Release: Janne Känkänen – Sustainable Growth: Cornerstone of Europe’s Future

Finland’s Presidency aims to maintain a strong focus on sustainability. A sustainable and growing economy will form the foundations for a sustainable future, and for Europe. Economic growth is necessary if we are to continue to secure our wellbeing in the future. But growth must be ecologically and socially sustainable.

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