ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, GRTgaz S.A. and GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH, German and French gas transmission system operators (TSO), announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance knowledge and research sharing in relation to the transportation and blending of hydrogen and natural gas in their networks. This agreement, the most important one to date at European scale, reinforces cross-border cooperation and is a clear signal of the intention of gas TSOs to contribute to the deployment of hydrogen and new decarbonised gas solutions.
The measures target the financial, energy and defence sectors, and the area of dual-use goods. They were originally introduced on 31 July 2014 for one year in response to Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine and strengthened in September 2014.
On 10-11 December 2019, the Albanian Chairmanship hosted the 30th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Brussels, Belgium. This year’s Ministerial Session was chaired by Mr Ilir Bejtja, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, and Vice-Chair of the Energy Charter Conference. The event was dedicated to facilitating investment in renewables, diversification and efficiency.
The new President, Parliament and Government of Ukraine have all stated their commitment to the continued implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. A report published today by the EU finds that, over the past year, Ukraine has adopted important legislation and strengthened institutions, as demanded by the Ukrainian citizens, but that further work is needed, particularly to improve the business and investment climate.
An event showcasing the EU’s leading contribution to accelerating the clean energy transition will be held in the margins of the COP25 in Madrid on Tuesday 10 December. EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson will open the day-long EU Energy Day event, hosted at the EU Pavilion. International stakeholders will discuss opportunities and challenges linked to the transformation of the energy system and try to identify shared values and avenues for international cooperation activities.
At the Climate Change Conference (COP25) being held in Madrid, the EIB and Iberdrola today announced two new agreements to promote climate action by investing in renewable energy projects and electricity distribution networks. To do so, the Vice-President of the EU bank Emma Navarro and the President of Iberdrola Ignacio Galán agreed two loans for a total of EUR 690m.