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EU Countries Show CO2 Emissions Reduction Progress (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-10
A new report from Eurostat, the European Union's statistics bureau, notes that 20 of the 28 EU member countries managed to reduce their CO2 emissions during 2018. Combined EU emissions from burning fossil fuels fell by 2.5 pct in 2018 compared to a 1.7 pct increase in 2017.

Of the 20 countries that reduced emissions, Portugal made the largest reduction with 9.0 pct in 2018, followed by Bulgaria at 8.1 pct, Ireland at 6.8 pct, and Germany with a 5.4 pct drop.

Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Finland's emissions were unchanged while Latvia's emissions jumped 8.5 pct in 2018. (Source: Eurostat, CPH Post, 9 May, 2019) Contact: Eurostat,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  European Union,  

EuroStat Notes EU's Renewable Energy Propects, Progress (Int'l)
Date: 2019-04-01
According to data from the European Union statistics service Eurostat, the 28-member trading bloc sourced 17.5 pct of its energy from renewables in 2017, keeping it on track for a target of 20 pct by 2020.

Each member state has its own individual renewable energy goal ranging from 10 to 49 pct based on its situation and potential. While 11 countries in the bloc have already surpassed their targets, others are lagging behind, according to Eurostat.

With the target for 2030 at 32 pct, Eurostat notes, "While the EU as a whole is on course to meet its 2020 targets, some member states will need to make additional efforts to meet their obligations."

Specifically, the EU's renewable energy leaders are Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland and Denmark with more than half of the total energy consumed coming from renewables -- primarily hydropower, wind and biofuels.

Luxembourg and the Netherlands are the EU countries with the lowest consumption of renewables, at 6.4 pct and 6.6 pct respectively. Despite its investment in offshore wind farms, the Netherlands is the furthest from reaching its targets.

In 2017 France reached 16.3 pct of energy consumption from renewables, compared to its 23 pct target for 2020. Woody biomass and hydropower are the main sources of green energy in France which sources 70 pct of its electricity from nuclear. Even so, France has committed to closing 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 and shutting down four still-active coal power plants by 2022.

Germany's renewable energy, which comes mainly from wind and solar power, reached just 15.5 pct in 2017, while its 2020 objective is set at 18 pct. Coal still accounts for 37 pct of Germany's electric power production and more than 30 pct of its heating. (Source: EuroStat, France 24, Mar., 2019) Contact: Eurostat,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EuroStat,  Renewable Energy,  

EC, EIB Guide Clarifies Energy Performance Contracts (Int'l)
EC.European Investment Bank
Date: 2018-05-09
In Brussels, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts.

The new Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains its practical application, making use of technical assistance resources from the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH).

The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. This will help Member States and other stakeholders to better understand the impact that the different features of these contracts have on the classification of the investment undertaken, on or off government balance sheet.

A major priority is energy efficiency as a part of a low-carbon economy. Here, so-called Energy Performance Contracts, or EPCs for short, can help mobilise private investment and expertise in energy efficiency in public sector buildings. Energy Performance in buildings is part of the legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans" -- a key element for achieving a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.

The Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts is available HERE. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR 8 May, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Sara Soumillion,; EIB, Tim Smit ,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance,  Energy Management,  European Investment Bank,  

EU Increases Climate Change Budget to $383.2Bn (Int'l Report)
European Union,European Commissiuon
Date: 2018-05-07
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports that over the period of 2012 to 2027 it will spend fully 25 pct of its budget -- $383.2 billion -- on climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

Under the 28 member trading bloc's current budget, $246.7 billion -- 20 pct of the budget -- is presently being spent out to 2020 on combating climate change through investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental protection, and other carbon reduction schemes. (Source: European Commission, EuroStat, EU Newsroom, 6 May, 2018)Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  EC,  European Commission,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  

EuroStat Tallies EU Member Emissions Increases, Cuts (Int'l)
European Union
Date: 2018-05-07
EuroStat, the European Union statistics office, is reporting that Portugal was responsible for the 5th biggest increase in CO2 emissions in 2017 from burning fossil fuels for energy compared with the year before 7.3 pct compared with the EU average increase of 1.8 pct.

According to EuroStat, Malta had the largest increase at 12.8 pct followed by Estonia 11.3 pct, Bulgaria 8.3 pct, Spain at 7.4 pct and Portugal at 7.3 pct. The best performing countries in cutting CO2 emissions were Finland -5.9 pct, Denmark -5.8 pct, the UK at -3.2 pct, and Ireland at -2.9 pct. Portugal's CO2 emissions represent 1.5 pct of the EU total, where Germany is the largest contributor at 23 pct.. (Source: EuroStat, TPN/Lusa, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Eurostat,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EuroStat,  Carbon Emissions,  European Union,  

EIB Touts Energy Efficiency Funding Initiative (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2018-02-21
In Brussels, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is reporting Board approval for the creation of the Smart Finance for Smart Buildings Initiative. The initiative will invest in residential buildings to improve energy efficiency using EU grants as a guarantee to incentivize energy efficiency investments of €10 billion from public and private sources.

The funding is expected to help establish a small business renovations market worth up to €120 billion, support up to 220,000 jobs, and help lift 3.2 million European families out of energy poverty by taking some of the risk out of energy efficiency investments in the buildings sector and offering assistance with project development for households unable to finance and execute residential energy efficiency projects. (Source: Eurostat, European Commission, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat,; European Investment Bank,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  EIB,  Energy Efficiency,  

EU Announces €98.2Mn Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2018-02-19
In Brussels, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are reporting a €98.2 million investment package under the new Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE) funding program. The investment will cover 10 projects in eight Member States to address environmental quality and building efficiency issues. The move appears to be in response to Eurostat's announcment that the trading block is lagging in its energy efficiency goals.

The funding package could mobilize an additional €2 billion in funding as Member States also make use of other EU funding sources.

In related news, Eurostat announced that Europe's 2016 primary energy consumption was 4 pct above the EU's 2020 target to reduce energy consumption by 20 pct below business as usual projections by 2020. Final energy consumption exceeded the target by 2 pct. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR, IISD, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consupmtion,  

EU Parliament Seeks End of Palm Oil Biofuels (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2017-10-27
Meeting in Brussels, the EU Parliament's environment committee has voted to amend its renewable energy legislation to exclude food crop-based biofuels from EU renewables support by 2030, and from bioliquid transportation fuel produced from palm oil in particular by 2021. The original November 2016 EC proposal called for a gradual phase-out of food-based biofuels from the 7 pct in 2021 to 3.8 pct in 2030.

Complete legislation governing EU biofuels and bioenergy from 2020-2030 be agreed upon by all EU member states. (Source: EC, EU Eurostat, Argus, Others, Oct., 2017) Contact: European Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  European Commission,  

EU CO2 Reduction Trends Narrowing (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-05-10
According to data from the European Union's statistical agency Eurostat, CO2 emissions resulting from the 28 EU member state's energy consumption fell slightly in 2016, compared to the year before.

In 2016, carbon emissions dropped by 0.4 pct compared to 2015, but in 2015, CO2 emissions had increased by 0.7 pct compared to 2014, which means that for the second consecutive year the EU's carbon emissions are sightly higher than in 2014, according to Eurostat. CO2 emissions account for approximately 80 pct of all of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to potentially disastrous climate change. (Source: Eurostat, May,2017)Contact: Eurostat,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurostat,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

UK Fastest EU GHG Emissions Slasher (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-05-08
According to data from the the European Union's statistics agency Eurostat, Britain was one of 11 member states to record decreases in 2016, due in part to the UK's uptake of low-carbon renewable energy.

Despite reducing its CO2 emissions, the UK still accounted for 11.7 pct of total EU emissions in 2016, Poland, France, Italy and Germany made up the top five with 9.2 pct, 9.8 pct, 10.1 pct, and 22.9 pct in that order. The Eurostat figures are early estimates based on monthly energy statistics and may slightly differ from those published nationally. (Source: Eurostat, The Actuary, Others, May, 2017) Contact: Eurostat,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurostat,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  COs,  

Malta Registers EU's Largest Carbon Emissions Drop (Int'l)
Date: 2017-05-05
According to the EU statistics agency Eurostat data, the Island nation of Malta registered an 18.2 pct drop in carbon dioxide emissions in 2016, marking the largest drop across the EU. Other EU nations registering significant decreases include Bulgaria (-7 pct), Portugal (-5.7 pct) and the UK (-4.8 pct). As a whole, the 28-nation trading bloc decreased its CO2 emissions by only 0.4 pct in 2016 compared to 2015 levels.

EU member states with emissions increases in 2016 include Finland (+8.5 pct), Cyprus (+7 pct), Slovenia (+5.8 pct ) and Denmark (+5.7 pct). (Source: Eurostat, Malta Today, 4 May, 2017) Contact: Eurostat,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Eurostat,  

Getting Wind and Sun onto the Grid -- IEA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-03-22
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) recent Getting Wind and Sun onto the Grid report, the growing level of variable renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar will present challenges for grid operators as they seek to integrate variable electricity generation into traditional grids and require changes to avoid overspending and delays, while simultaneously protecting the security of energy supply.

The report seeks to identify the expected challenges being faced and soon to be faced by grid operators in integrating variable renewable energies (VRE) and to identify solutions to these same challenges.

According to the report, variable renewable energy reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten countries in 2015 -- including at least 50 pct in Denmark, and around 20 pct in Ireland, Spain, and Germany. This has recently been confirmed by new figures from the European Union's Eurostat which highlighted the region's progress towards ensuring at least 20 pct of the EUs energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources.

The report identifies four stages of VRE deployment and integration, each with its own specific characteristics and operational priorities. The report also attempts to specifically identify the challenges throughout each of the four phases, and provide solutions.

Download the Getting Wind and Sun onto the Grid report HERE. (Source: IEA, Mar., 2017) Contact: EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewable Enery,  Wind,  Solar,  

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