Press Release: Europe’s low-carbon transition makes economic sense

At the very outset of its mandate, the new European Commission presented the European Green Deal, establishing the objective of becoming the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050. The initiative emphasises the seriousness which the European Commission places on the climate and biodiversity challenges Europe faces in the coming decades and proposes an unprecedented mobilisation of resources to finance a transition to a sustainable economy.

Commissioners’ Weekly Activities (24 February – 28 February 2020)

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Press Release: The EESC side by side with the European Commission in promoting Europe’s green future

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) throws its support behind the 2020 Commission work programme, underlining that civil society can make a valuable contribution to placing sustainable development at the core of people’s personal and shared responsibility.

Event: Financing innovative clean tech (Brussels, 11 & 12 March 2020)

On 11 of March 2020, a public conference will gather financiers and industry representatives to discuss how public and private investors can join forces with the Innovation Fund to deliver the investments needed to scale up innovative, low-carbon technologies.

The following day, strategy and financial engineering experts selected by the members of the Innovation Fund Expert Group (IFEG) will meet to discuss the project maturity, innovation and scalability selection criteria, due diligence, project development assistance and knowledge sharing under the Innovation Fund.

Question for Written Answer: Impact of Brexit on the Union’s energy and climate objectives

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP REGI Committee – Exchange of Views on the Proposal for a Regulation Establishing the Just Transition Fund (19 February 2020)

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Stakeholder Position Paper: Financing Deep Energy Renovation – Leveraging the Just Transition Mechanism and Carbon Revenues

Calculating the actual cost of renovating 97% of the existing building stock in the EU is no easy task. Various methodologies have been applied, each being met with both applause and critiques. Generally, a realistic number seems to be in excess of €300bn per year for the next 30 years. To drive that number home, it’s helpful to think of this way: ~€1 bn per day, every day until 2050.

Monthly Summary of Council Acts – June 2019

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Lists of members of European Parliament Intergroups

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions’ ENVE commission meeting (27 February 2020)

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Speech: European Parliamentary Week: Sustainable Europe Investment Plan by EVP Dombrovskis

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UPDATED – Agenda: European Council Meeting (26 – 27 March 2020)

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Agenda: Working Party on General Affairs (Comitology Revision) (4 March 2020)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (5 March 2020)

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (9 – 12 March 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Structured dialogue with Mr Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal (18 February 2020)

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Shaping Europe’s digital future: Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence

Today, the Commission unveils its ideas and actions for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident. It presents a European society powered by digital solutions that put people first, opens up new opportunities for businesses, and boosts the development of trustworthy technology to foster an open and democratic society and a vibrant and sustainable economy. Digital is a key enabler to fighting climate change and achieving the green transition. The European data strategy and the policy options to ensure the human-centric development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) presented today are the first steps towards achieving these goals.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Structured dialogue with Ms Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (18 February 2020)

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Event: On Gains, Losses, and Trade-Offs: the Case for Border Carbon Adjustment (Brussels, 5 March 2020)

Border Carbon Adjustment (BCA) is justifiably one of top priorities of the European Commission. With a ten-year deadline to drastically lower the GHG emissions, the Commission is planning to test the new measures already later this year, potentially starting with the industries producing steel, cement, and aluminum.

Possible items for College agendas (26 February – 29 April 2020)

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (17 February 2020)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (19 February 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2020 (17 February 2020)

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Press Release: New Survey: City Climate Action, Insights and Tools

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) – along with Bloomberg Associates (BA) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) – is launching the City Climate Action, Insights, and Tools Survey as part of a Tools Task Force to learn more about why and how your city uses tool(s) in the climate action planning process – and the data your local government needs to succeed.

Press Release: EU invests more than €100 million in new LIFE Programme projects to promote a green and climate-neutral Europe

Includes a Q&A on LIFE Integrated Projects.

The European Commission today announced an investment of €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action.

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