Press Release: New rules for external power supplies will enable household energy savings

A new EU Regulation on External power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances more energy efficient – from laptops to electric toothbrushes – enters into force as of 1 April 2020. As a result, European consumers will be able to save on their household bills, help reach significant EU-wide energy savings and reduce emissions.

Consultation: 2030 Climate Target Plan

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Question for Written Answer: Appropriateness of legislation on the biogas sector

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Written Answer to a Question: Cutting greenhouse gas emissions: financial instruments to produce better or larger forest canopies

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Written Answer for a Question: Public buildings made out of wood

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coal Advisory Group (main group) (3 December 2019)

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Briefing: Carbon emissions pricing – Some points of reference

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Press Release: Scientists list four key actions to halt global warming

The latest edition of the JRC’s Global Energy and Climate Outlook (GECO), identifies four technological dynamics in the energy sector that have the power to limit global warming to below 2°C if implemented simultaneously.

Summary conclusions of the 44th meeting of the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC), held in Brussels on 2 March 2020

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Written Answer to a Question: Annex D, Country Report Italy 2020 – Key actions of the Just Transition Fund 2021-2027 – amendment

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Press Release: Stakeholder workshop explores carbon pricing design options for the Energy Community

Includes the agenda and the presentations of the workshop.

The first workshop in the context of stakeholder consultations on the study on carbon pricing design for the Energy Community took place on 26 March 2020. More than 80 participants, including representatives of the European Commission, national ministries, energy companies, regulatory authorities as well as NGOs and other stakeholders from all Contracting Parties, received an overview of existing carbon pricing schemes in the Contracting Parties as well as the EU Emissions Trading System and other non-EU schemes.

Written Answer to a Question: Sustainable forest management

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Event: Cascading climate risks: Towards adaptive and resilient European societies (Webinar, 1 April 2020)

The effects of climate change – ranging from extreme weather conditions to food and water shortages – do not only physically cross national borders, but can also impact global processes such as trade, business, conflict and migration. However, not much is known about how climate-related events occurring outside of Europe might affect the continent. Yet, it is crucial that European policymakers are aware of the full spectrum of cross-border and cascading climate risks, and that they take them into account in their future policies.

The interdisciplinary ‘CASCADES’ project, a four-year project, funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, will analyse the cross-border impacts of climate change for Europe, identify critical risks and explore potential solutions.

Press Release: Energy and Climate Committee welcomes leading Contracting Parties’ progress on upgrading pledges under global Paris Agreement as well as integrated National Energy and Climate Plans

Today, the 5th Energy and Climate Committee meeting drew together more than 70 participants to discuss the Contracting Parties’ progress on the preparation of revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC2), ahead of COP26, and integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).

Report: Luxembourg 2020 – Energy Policy Review

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UPDATED – Event: 28th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (Marseille, 6-9 July 2020)

Updated: this event will take place on 6-9 July 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID 19.

The 28th EUBCE will expand its portfolio from energy related biomass production and conversion of bio-based feedstock to other sectors of the economy and will now integrate the bioeconomy into its conference programme.

In 2020 the conference will include key sessions that will dig deep into the structure, components and role of the emerging bioeconomy in Europe and across the world. There will be plenty of opportunities to present, to listen to and to discuss the fine details of technology developments, options for mitigation of adverse environmental and climate impacts and engage in policy debates. Research results from all stages of development will continue to form the core of the conference. addressing the bioeconomy, the thread that links all facets of the growth and utilization of biomass now and in the future.

Press Release: Air pollution goes down as Europe takes hard measures to combat coronavirus

The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) data confirm large decreases in air pollutant concentrations — of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations in particular — largely due to reduced traffic and other activities, especially in major cities under lockdown measures. Reductions of around half have been seen in some locations. The EEA’s data are measured hourly, on the ground, at about 3,000 monitoring stations across European countries.

Press Release: EU team presents results from engine tests with new types of biofuels for development of biofuel standards

A team of field experts led by the European Standardization Organisation created the technical data for a new standard specification on gasoline blends with bioethanol (E20) which is double the current market standard. These data create the scientific basis for changing the legislation in the EU and in the Member States towards an improved quality of gasoline.

Written Answer to a Question: Use of modern incinerators in waste management

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Written Answer to a Question: Tackling runaway CO₂ emissions from waste incineration

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