Under the heading ‘European Green Deal’, the European Commission’s President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, has placed Europe’s decarbonisation and climate neutrality at the top of her political priorities. Yet Europe’s sustainable energy transition will only be successful with the full involvement of cities and regions.
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On 6 November, over 100 business and civil society organisations joined forces to call for a substantial push in the uptake of clean and decarbonised electricity. Launching a joint Declaration in the presence of multiple EU officials and chief executives of cross-sectoral industries, the Electrification Alliance demonstrated the need to step up a gear on electrification as Europe is to discuss its Green Deal.
The Commission supports the new energy lending policy of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group adopted at the EIB Board meeting today, which will help the Bank achieve full alignment with the Paris Agreement. The Commission voted in favour of the proposal.
The workshop will provide an update regarding the AS4 Usage Profile activities and the initiatives for harmonising communication formats and protocols based on the reported issues on the joint ACER/ENTSOG FUNC platform.
CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) will present the latest updates on the AS4 conformance testing platform and the possibility for new implementors to test their AS4 product and also how to apply for funds regarding these projects.
The European Commission is assessing whether to extend the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to cover the emissions associated with the heating and cooling of buildings. This paper points out several reasons why this would not be the best approach to deliver a highly energy-efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.
Today the Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) present a report on an initiative launched in 2017 to help 12 EU regions and Member States achieve industrial transition and hold their own in a globalised economy.
Policy-makers and city practitioners will discuss and share learnings from the Interreg ACE Retrofitting (Accelerating Condominium Energy Retrofitting) project around strategies and tools to overcome the legal, social and financial barriers of building improvements in condominiums.
For the past 10 years, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) has been committed to the sustainable development of necessary electricity grids. Expanding the grid to connect renewable energy sources (RES) to consumers and to facilitate the use of RES across Europe is an essential and efficient way to decarbonise the economy. However, a RES based energy system will need more than grids to provide the required system flexibility. Significant changes are needed to successfully manage and efficiently achieve the energy transition. New flexibility options need to be developed to control frequency and voltage and new technologies are needed to provide long-term energy storage, among others.
A new European legislative package is required to address these needs and we want to investigate what are the key elements of such a forward looking “Climate Neutral Integrated System Package”.
A summary of the debate is now available.
By Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
European railways are calling on the European Commission, Parliament and Member States to agree on a strong European Green Deal, one that will help to progressively reduce to net-zero the greenhouse gas emissions from transport and from the wider economy by 2050 at the latest. As the existing green mode of motorised transport – thanks to very low externalities, high degrees of electrification and increasingly zero-carbon operation – they can greatly help greening transport. The European Green Deal should support their contribution.