Written Answer to a Question: Consultation on draft guidelines on indirect compensation under the EU ETS Directive

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Event: How floating offshore wind can help Europe go climate neutral – innovations and cost-reduction potential (Webinar, 21 April 2020)

Floating offshore wind has a huge potential which remains largely unexploited. Massive amounts of wind resources exist in deep waters (+60m) where an estimated potential capacity of 4000 GW could be installed. This would open the door to offshore wind installations for countries such as Norway, Spain or Portugal.

One of the main drawbacks hindering floating offshore wind expansion is cost. This technology is still relatively expensive with a LCOE well above bottom fix technology. Innovative responses to key challenges on mooring and anchoring technology, power cables interconnection and O&M strategies are essential to pave the way for cost-competitive floating offshore wind.

This workshop-style webinar will explore some of the solutions to these challenges together with experts, practitioners and captains of industry with insights from the COREWIND project (COst REduction and Increase Performance of floating WIND technology).

Commissioners’ Weekly Activities (6 April 2020 – 10 April 2020)

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Stakeholder Press Release: Spain submits ambitious 2030 National Plan – Example for other countries to follow

The Spanish government has submitted its 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), raising the country’s ambitions on greenhouse gas emission reduction to 23% compared to 1990 level. Spain is a powerhouse for renewable energy deployment with 25,7 gigawatts (GW) of total installed wind capacity. In 2019 Spain was Europe’s leading market for onshore wind.

Reply to National Parliament – Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – Reply to the Sejm (PL) – ASAP/DOS/2020/15 final

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Reply to National Parliament – Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – Reply to the Senat (RO) – COM(2020) 27 final

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Exchange of views with Commissioner Breton on the EU response to the COVID-19 outbreak (2 April 2020)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

Press Release: Make your green idea a reality – Apply now for LIFE funding

The European Commission has launched its 2020 call for project proposals under the LIFE programme. We have taken measures to make it easier for you to apply in times of coronavirus restrictions including extended deadlines. This year, we have earmarked more than €450 million for nature conservation, environmental protection and climate action projects.

Event: The Future of EEAGs in times of the EU Green Deal: continuity or disruption? (Brussels, 22 September 2020)

As the Commission’s fitness check for the Guidelines is underway and stakeholders are in critical need for a precise understanding of the process, scope and consequences of the review, this event will present the findings of a new CERRE research project on “State Aid Guidelines for Environmental Protection and Energy (EEAG): review process, possible changes and opportunities”.

This study examines the EEAG review process and scope, focusing on possible areas of change. It considers the evolution of existing technologies and the proliferation of new actors shaping the landscape of a decentralised and complex energy system. It also studies the impact of the recently adopted Clean Energy Package and the intended ‘flexibility’ projected in the EU Green Deal.

Press Release: ECR Group – Legal opinion: Green Deal delegated acts are incompatible with EU Treaties

A legal opinion of the European Parliament’s legal service requested by ECR MEPs Alexandr Vondra and Anna Zalewska has found the Commission’s attempted use of “delegated acts” to reach emission targets under the Green Deal to be incompatible with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

Press Release: Revised calendar of parliamentary activities: additional dates for remote meetings

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UPDATED – Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment, and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/2088

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Press Release: COP26 postponed due to COVID-19, but EU preparations must continue

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UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’

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Letter: Call to EU leaders – #EUGreenRecovery to restart Europe

A call to EU leaders from Europe’s renewable energy and energy efficiency value chains across the electricity, heating, cooling, building and transport sectors.

UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’

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Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’

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Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’

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List of working papers (WK) distributed in the Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Better Regulation) in the first quarter of 2020

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Weekly Webinars: DHC+ Talks (every Thursday from 9-30 April 2020)

DHC+ is launching a series of weekly webinars to discuss energy issues. The Secretariat of the DHC+ Technology Platform is based in Brussels and is part of a bigger Euroheat & Power team.

Question for Written Answer: Parliament’s right of initiative

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Consultation: 2030 Climate Target Plan

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