Press Release: New catalyst in water splitting could improve hydrogen generation

With hydrogen’s widely recognised role as a safe and clean energy carrier, research into its production, particularly from renewable sources, has intensified. One of several pathways to generate hydrogen is the separation of water using sunlight with the help of photocatalysts. Partially supported by the EU-funded DYNAPORE project, researchers have synthesised a new organic material for photocatalytic solar hydrogen production, or water splitting. Their findings were published recently in the journal ‘Nature Chemistry’.

Press Release: Executive Director visits Norway and Denmark

OSLO and COPENHAGEN – Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, visited Norway and Denmark to present the latest findings from the World Energy Outlook, highlight the IEA’s emphasis on carbon capture, utilization and storage, and discuss the state of the global energy system.

Press Release: IEA holds meeting with Energy Business Council

The International Energy Agency on Wednesday held a meeting of the IEA Energy Business Council, which brings together representatives of the world’s largest energy companies, to discuss the state of the global energy system.

Event: How to speed up sustainable finance? (Brussels, 28 November 2018)

With the publication of the Report of the HLEG on Sustainable Finance and the Commission’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, sustainable finance is gaining momentum in Europe. Yet market practices are still largely based on neo-classical finance (efficient markets and portfolio theory) with little space for sustainability considerations in financial decision-making. The event will discuss which steps are needed to really change current practices and speed up sustainable finance. This event will be livestreamed. There is no need to register for the livestream.

Stakeholder Press Release: Long-Term Emissions Reduction: Stakeholders Discuss Potential for Renewable Liquid Fuels

A week away from the release of the European Commission’s 2050 “Long-Term Strategy” for emissions reduction, three Brussels based organisations, Eurofuel, ECFD and UPEI – jointly with their respective German members – presented and debated the results of the Prognos Study “Status and Perspectives for Liquid Energy Sources in the Energy Transition”.  The Prognos Study was commissioned by the four organisations representing the mineral oil sector in Germany.  Whilst the study focussed on an analysis of the German market, the findings can be extrapolated on an EU wide level.  The event was held on 21 November 2018 in Brussels and gathered experts and professionals from the transport and heating fuels sector.

Event: Net zero carbon: what roles for CCS/CCSU? (Brussels, 4 December 2018)

In the context of the CEPS Energy Transition Initiative, CEPS Energy Climate House (ECH) will hold a public workshop on “Net zero carbon: what roles for CCS/CCSU?” CEPS ECH will present a short background report, which will discuss the possible roles of CCS/CCSU, sinks and BECCS for the EU long-term strategy. The report is meant as a catalyst for a discussion to bring negative emissions technologies to the market.

Report: SET Plan delivering results – The Implementation Plans

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Conclusions on “A future EU Industrial Policy Strategy”

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Draft report: EP ENVI/ECON Committee on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment

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Report: Mission Possible: Reaching Net-Zero Carbon Emissions from Harder-to-Abate Sectors by Mid-Century

“New report by the Energy Transitions Commission shows that reaching net-zero carbon emissions from heavy industry and heavy-duty transport can be done through ambitious policy, accelerated innovation, and investment, with minimal cost to the global economy.”

Study: Sector coupling – how can it be enhanced in the EU to foster grid stability and decarbonise?

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Ms Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, on ICAO’s CORSIA developments (19 November 2018)

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Event – Webinar: #DecarbIndustry decarbonising the industrial sector (29 November 2018)

The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) is pleased to invite you to the second edition of the HPCY webinar series. This series is dedicated to presenting best practices from the Heat Pump City of the Year award (HPCY) as well as from other EU projects that promote innovative solutions for the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector in Europe.

Press Release: Today’s FCH JU Stakeholder Forum calls for speeding up deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells technologies for a green future.

“Hydrogen is a key technology for achieving Europe’s climate and energy goals. Its potential benefits for the environment, consumers and European economy can power the transition of Europe’s energy sector towards a green future.” said Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union.

Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (12-15 November 2018)

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Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2019 (Brussels 17 – 21 June 2019)

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. It is made up of a 3-day policy conference offering various networking opportunities, an EU Sustainable Energy Awards competition with a public vote for the citizens’ award and local events, Energy Days, held across Europe throughout the months of May and June.

Agenda: Working Party on Financial Services (Sustainable Finance) – (attachés + experts) (26 November 2018)

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Press Release: Read about the FCH Success Stories

As 2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), it is inspiring to look back over the many accomplishments of the past decade and see the enormous progress that fuel cell and hydrogen technology has made.  The stories described in the new brochure illustrate the approach of continuous learning exemplified by the FCH JU’s projects, from creating low-carbon and sustainable solutions, enabling market entry for new products, developing ‘next generation’ products based on previous research, to opening new markets for European expertise in fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technology.

Stakeholder Press Release: NGVA Europe: Europe needs an open legislative framework to assess fuel solutions on fair terms

Brussels, 12 November 2018: Europe needs an open legislative framework where all solutions contributing to the decarbonization of the transport sector and achieving air quality goals can be assessed on fair terms.

To reach the 2030 targets currently under discussion, engine and vehicle technologies, in combination with low carbon and renewable gaseous fuels, will still have to play an important role in the heavy-duty sector. But the current CO2 tailpipe emissions methodology has to be complemented to consider the contribution from advanced bio and renewable gas.

Natural and renewable gas is an available fuel solution that is ready to play its role today. Renewable gas production is already standard practice, and its availability and vehicle fleet is growing fast.

Therefore, just before the European Parliament’s final vote on the regulation setting CO2 emissions standard for new heavy-duty vehicles, NGVA Europe urges for the inclusion of a new complementary approach.

Decisions of several committees to enter into interinstitutional negotiations (for announcement on Monday 12 November)

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UPDATED – Draft Council conclusions on “A future EU industrial policy strategy”

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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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Press Release: Exciting and innovative environment technology projects are awarded the National Prize 2018 for Environment and Energy Technology in Graz

On 30 October, the award ceremony for the National Prize2018 Environment and Energy Technology and the Special Prize2018 for Resource Efficiency took place in the MUMUTH (House of Music and Music Drama of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz). The winners of the highest national accolade in the area of environment technology were Technologies GmbH, Fronius International GmbH and Compuritas GmbH. Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger and Federal Minister Norbert Hofer congratulated the winners of this important award.

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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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Vote on Disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks (5 November 2018)

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