The EU applied its duties in response to European Biodiesel Board complaints that Indonesian biodiesel producers benefit from grants, tax benefits and access to raw materials at lower than markets prices. The EU annual biodiesel market is reportedly valued at €9 billion with Indonesia accounting for roughly €400 million. (Source: EU, EC, euronews, Reuters, 13 Aug., 2019)Contact: European Commission, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en
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Services, hotels and others filtered through the online programme are benchmarked against criteria developed by the City of Helsinki in collaboration with the independent think tank Demos Helsinki, local interest groups and sustainability experts. The service also includes a route planner feature that identifies emission-free transportation options in the city. The route planner provides CO2 emissions in grams per person per trip.
Currently gathering feedback from users, the Think Sustainably service is publicly available with plans to roll the programme out further and review its impact in 2020.
The process of developing the Think Sustainably service included researching the most significant factors of ecological sustainability related to different service categories. These dealt mostly with greenhouse emissions caused by energy production, the impacts of mobility and food, waste management, factors related to circular economy, protecting biodiversity, accessibility, and employment and preventing discrimination.
The European Commission (EC) tagged Helsinki the most innovative region in the EU. It is also the first European city and, the second globally -- after New York -- to voluntarily report the implementation of its Sustainable Development Goals to the UN.
(Source: City of Helsinki, PR, CISION, Yahoo Finance, Aug., 2019)Contact: Helsinki Think Sustainably , www.myhelsinki.fi/en/think-sustainably;
Helsinki Marketing, Laura Aalto, CEO, +358 40 507 9660 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hel.fi; Carbon Neutral Helsinki Initiative, Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen, Director, https://carbonneutralcities.org/cities/helsinki
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The EIB, the world's first and largest issuer of green bonds,
is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its 28 Member States. The EIB aims to dedicate at least 25 pct of its investments to climate change mitigation and adaptation, supporting low-carbon growth with climate resilience. In 2018, and for the ninth consecutive year, the EIB exceeded its climate finance target, providing €16.2 billion to promote climate action.
(Source: European Commission, PR, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.eceuropa.eu
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The six sites -- Courselles-sur-Mer, Fecamp, Saint-Nazaire, Iles d'Yeu / Noirmoutier, Dieppe / Le Treport and Saint-Brieuc -- are located in French territorial waters off the North-Western coast of France. Each of the wind farms will incorporate 62 to 83 turbines with an installed capacity of 450 to 498 MW per farm and will receive support in the form of feed-in tariffs over a period of 20 years.
Construction of the first of the six wind farms is slated to begin construction this year for completion and commissioning in 2022. Once finalised, the wind farms will increase France's renewables generation capacity by about three gigawatts.
The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the 28 member countries of EU trading bloc.
(Source: EC, Modern Diplomacy, 27 July, 2019) Contact: European Commission,
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The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which has been tracking the fires, says the latitude and intensity of the fires, as well as the length of time they have been burning, have been particularly "unusual." According to CAMS "It is unusual to see fires of this scale at such high latitudes in June. But temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at a much faster rate than the global average, and warmer conditions encourage fires to grow and persist once they have been ignited."
Since the beginning of June, CAMS has tracked more than 100 intense and long-lived wildfires in the Arctic Circle with the most severe in Alaska and Siberia, where some have been large enough to cover almost 100,000 football fields.
Copernicus, the EU's Earth Observation Programme, offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data.
The Programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission (EC) and implemented in partnership with the EU Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EU Agencies and Mercator Ocean.
(Source: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Contact:
Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Mark Parrington, Snr. Scientist and Wildfires Expert, www.atmosphere.copernicus.eu; World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, World Meteorological Organization,
According to the report, there are currently two main challenges related to assessing the environmental and economic components of biorefining processes -- data availability and stakeholder participation. To address these issues, IEA Bioenergy's Task 42, Biorefining in a Circular Economy, examined assessments currently underway to determine the capability of biorefineries in creating a sustainable future. Such assessments aim to highlight the potential of biorefineries to enhance the use of biomass in generating both products and energy.
IEA Bioenergy was established in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment. The International Energy Agency acts as energy policy advisor to 28 EU Member Countries plus the European Commission, in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable, and clean energy. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major producers and consumers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.
Under the deal crops and ethanol produced in MERCOSUR member countries -- Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay -- could be used to meet the EU's green transport fuel targets. The agreement also allows for a lower tariff rate on ethanol imports to be phased in over five years: a quota of 200,000 tonnes with an in-quota rate of one-third of the current high duty of up to €19/hectolitre will be opened for fuel and other uses beyond the chemical industry, according to a EC briefing. The agreement also reduces or eliminates duties that MERCOSUR currently imposes on exports of soybean products to the EU, the Commission said. This could make soy a more attractive feedstock for biodiesel producers in Europe.
Argentine soy diesel, imports of refined biodiesel tripled from 2017 to 2018, with palm oil and soy accounting for around 86 pct of all biodiesel imports.
(Source: EU EC, Transport & Environment, 11 July, 2019) Contact: MERCOSUR,
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According to the EC report, most EU countries proposed modest or low contributions to the overall EU target and must now raise their commitments which are due to be submitted to the EC before the year end. (Source: EC, S&P, 19 June, 2019) Contact: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu
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The 9.5 pct duty was originally imposed as a result of a complaint filed by the EU's largest ethanol producer group, European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePure). (Source: EUROPA - EU Newsroom, DTN Progressive Farmer, 16 May, 2019)Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, email@example.com, www.epure.org; European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu
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The network will provide member projects with opportunities for sharing knowledge and best practices alongside guidance on how to increase public awareness and acceptance of CCUS technologies.
Projects being considered as network members will have a focus on carbon capture and storage and/or CO2 utilization, and will need to demonstrate substantial overall CO2 emissions reduction in lifecycle analysis as well as a commitment to building a European CCUS industry through knowledge sharing. (Source: European CCUS Project Network, GasWorld, 25 April, 2019) Contact: European CCUS Project Network, John Scowcroft|, Manager,: +32 (0) 2 550 3960
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The EC also noted "the pace of increase of the renewable energy share has slowed down" and increases in absolute energy consumption has lowered the renewable share in 2017 in seven EU states. In France, Ireland, Poland and elsewhere, "additional efforts" were needed. (Source: EC, EU Observer, 9 April, 2019)
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The new legislation demands that the full life-cycle of emissions from cars should be assessed at EU level. The Commission will also have to consider a common methodology for the assessment and consistent data reporting, by no later than 2023. If appropriate, legislation should follow.
Transport is the only sector in the EU that did not record any significant decline in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 1990. Figures from the European Environment Agency show that of all means of transport in the EU, road transport generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions -pct of the EU's total GHG emissions. (Source: European Parliament News, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: EP News, +32 2 28 40922, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.europarl.europa.eu
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The floating turbine to be tested was developed by Italian energy firm Saipem and is expected to begin operating by 2022.
The four-year project is being funded by the European Commission's Interreg North West Europe programme to boost innovation in North-West Europe.
(Source: European Marine Energy Centre, The Engineer, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020, www.emec.org.uk
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The EC concluded that 45 percent of the expansion of palm oil production since 2008 led to destruction of forests, wetlands or peatlands and resultant greenhouse gas releases.
The EC has added a number of exemptions which mean some palm oil could still be promoted as a green fuel, under certain conditions including allowing additional palm oil production coming from yield increases or produced on unused land to still qualify as green.
Although once seen as the main tool by which the EU could decarbonize road transport, and given generous subsidies under the 28-member trading bloc's Renewable Energy Directive over a decade ago,
many environmentalists are reportedly pushing the EU to ban crop-based biofuels and move instead to incentivizing second-generation, cellulosic biofuels.
(Source: EU, European Biodiesel Board, Successful Farning, Forbes, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Biodiesel Board, www.ebb-eu.org
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the European Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini reviewed EU-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges and set out 10 concrete actions on 12 March for the EU’s leaders to discuss and endorse at the European Council of 21 March, including Action 2 which especially calls on EU calls on China to peak its emissions before 2030 and meets its 2015 Paris Agreement goals.
The next EU-China Summit is scheduled for early April. “China is a Strategic Partner of the European Union. We pursue strong bilateral and multilateral cooperation on files where we share interests, from trade to connectivity, from the JCPOA to climate change,” Mogherini said. . (Source: New Europe, 13 Mar., 2019)
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The demonstration wind farms will receive both .
Earlier this year, the U.S. DOE announced up to $28 million in funding for a new floating offshore wind turbines via the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS).
Navigant Research anticipates that over 69GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed between 2018 and 2027, exceeding 100GW of operating capacity by 2030.
(Source: EC, MarEx, 25 Feb., 2019)
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"Making an exception for feedstock produced by smallholders isn't just allowing high-ILUC-risk biofuels such as palm oil into Europe through the back door, it's allowing it through the front door," said Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association. "The hard-won compromise reached on RED II couldn't have been clearer in its message that Europe should phase out biofuels associated with the significant deforestation and peatland drainage that has defined most palm oil expansion."
"Low-ILUC-risk biofuels certified as such could escape from the phase-out, but these were clearly defined as either produced through improved agricultural practices or from unused land. By inventing a third, alternative criterion for smallholders, the EC is making a mockery of the agreed RED II compromise," the ePure Secretary General added.
European renewable ethanol is made from European feedstock and delivers high greenhouse-gas reduction and is not associated with deforestation. Its use cuts GHG emissions by more than 70 pct on average compared to fossil petrol. (Source: ePure, EC, Feb., 2019)
Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, email@example.com, www.epure.org
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The U.S. soy industry has its own sustainability guideline, the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol that the EU now acknowledges meets its rigorous RED requirements through July 1, 2021 or longer.
The U.S. is the EU's largest soybean for biodiesel supplier.
(Source: American Soybean Association, 29 Jan., 2019)
Contact: American Soybean Association,(314) 576-1770, www.soygrowers.com
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In March 2018, RWE agreed to sell its majority interest in Innogy to E.ON, while keeping Innogy's renewables business and merging it with E.ON's green assets. If approved, RWE will own a 8.6-GW renewable energy portfolio in a new company with three operating divisions. With the transaction, RWE will hold a 16.7 pct equity stake in E.ON.
The transactions are expected to close in the second half of 2019.(Source: RWE AG, Renewables, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact: RWE AG, www.rwe.com;
Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777, www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3708678/innogy-renewables-uk; E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com
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The aid will be provided in the form of a feed-in premium (a top-up payment over the market price) to the selected installations for every unit of electricity produced, as well as an environmental tariff premium (PDIF) linked to the use of biomass.
The new installations will produce both electric power and combined heat and power (HP). The measure aims to incentivize forest owners to clean the forests at risk by using the forest residues to produce biomass energy and thus reduce the risk of future forest fires. in Portugal.
(Source: EC, eureporter, 9 Jan., 2019)
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From January, any carbon permits issued by Britain will have to be identified by a country code ("marked") but
transfers of permits already in circulation in and out of accounts held by UK operators will not be affected by the suspension.
If BREXIT is ratified the suspension will be lifted, the EC added.
(Source: European Commission, Reuters, 20 Dec., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission, Carbon Credits, BREXIT, EU ETS,
The agreed upon target will be calculated based on 2021 emission levels, with an intermediary step of 15 pct CO2 cut for both cars and vans to be reached by 2025.
The new targets are subject to EU member state approvals. (Source: EurActiv, 17 Dec., 2018)
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To prepare for this transformation, the European Parliament and the European Council invited the European Commission (EC) to submit a long-term strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the European Union, in accordance with COP15.
The EC strategy confirms Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action through a socially-fair transition and provides a first indication of the direction of travel to frame what the EU could consider as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives.
Presenting this vision will allow for a thorough debate involving European decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens at large to consider how the EU can make a fair contribution to meeting the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and how this transformation can be achieved.
According to the EC, the energy consumption figures outlined in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive and the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union are based on 28 member statistics, and need to be revised downward to reflect the UK's exit. In terms of GDP, the UK -- $2,770,000 million US -- is the second strongest EU member after Germany at $3,930,000 million US.
(Source: EC, Europe Gov. News, 16 Nov., 2018)
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For EU-REDcert-Methanol, the company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials, waste as well as residual materials. As a result, BASF reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 pct compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources.
BASF developed the "biomass balance method" together with TUV SUD. EU-REDcert-Methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard which proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). (Source: BASF, Green Car Congress, 13 Nov., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com
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Under the EU ETS, all airlines operating in Europe are required to monitor, report and verify their emissions, and to surrender allowances against those emissions. o date, the EU ETS is credited with reducing aviation sector's carbon footprint by more than 17 million tpy with compliance covering over 99.5 pct of aviation emissions.
The ICAO's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) aims to stabilize CO2 emissions at 2020 levels by requiring airlines to offset the growth of their emissions after 2020.
During the period 2021-2035, and based on expected participation, the scheme is estimated to offset around 80 pct of the emissions above 2020 levels. (Source: ICAO, AgriLand, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.icao.int
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The EP will now need to work with ministers from all European member states, as well as the European Commission, to see its target passed into legislation. According to Deutsche Welle, the parliament decided on this tough target as the transport sector was the only one in the EU which continues to increase its greenhouse gas emissions, according to the publication Deutsche Welle.
In 2017, the European Commission (EC) proposed cutting new vehicle emissions by 30 pct by 2030.
(Source: EP, Car Advice, Oct., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992, email@example.com, eurooparl.europa.eu
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FIE claims the subsidy and the burning of peat at government owned Bord na Mona's Edenderry power station and two ESB facilities in the Midlands is leading to significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the price of biomass to home users, thus increasing the burning of more fossil fuels.
The group argues that the continued co-firing of biomass comes despite the recommendations of the Climate Change Advisory Council that the Government resources should not support measures that lead to increases in emissions.
The expert body concluded that the biomass subsidy for peat power plants is an "environmentally harmful" subsidy that is responsible for higher emissions levels at a "direct cost to the nation." (Source: GREEN NEWS.ie, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie; Friends of the Irish Environment, www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org
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The new allegations differ from the "dieselgate" scandal that has rocked the car industry since 2015. Without naming individual companies, the EC now alleges manufacturers are cheating in two ways to undermine its CO2 output targets which were decided last September in the wake of the dieselgate scandal. The EC suggests automakers are declaring emissions of CO2 on average 4.5 pct higher than actually measured values, with reporting for some models as much as 13 pct higher than measurements. The EC also suggests officials have seen "some evidence" that manufacturers are configuring vehicles differently to maximize emissions on the new tests.
Commission officials suggest revising EU regulations to make sure measured, rather than reported, CO2 emissions are used to define future targets. (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, EUobserver, AFP, 25 July, 2018)
Contact: EC Joint Research Centre, +32 2 299 11 11, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en
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"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels of the Sustainable Transport Forum consisted of 32 industry experts representing all advanced biofuels value chains as well as the transport sectors of aviation, maritime and heavy duty transport. The work of the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels put forward a simple and transparent definition for advanced biofuels, proposed reliable targets for deployment of advanced biofuels in the EU market by 2030, updated the technology status of the various value chains and examined thoroughly the production costs of advanced biofuels.
"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels also considered carefully the proposals on decarbonizing transport in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and put forward proposals for improvements aiming to create a long term stable framework for encouraging billions of investments.
Building Up the Future
Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels
Sustainable Transport Forum Report HERE. (Source: EU, July, 2018) Contact: EU, http://ec.europa.eu
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"We urge the European Commission (EC) to set the 1.5 degree C and net-zero emissions goals of the Paris Agreement as objectives of this strategy to be achieved by 2050. To reach that goal, emissions in Europe must peak by 2020 and decrease until reaching carbon neutrality by mid-century."
The group of ten European mayors are part of a wider coalition of 9,000 cities worldwide, that have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and to design adaptation strategies to address the possibly devastating impacts of climate change.
(Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018)
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The report notes that the US and Canada dominated the market in 2017 with more than 30 pct of the global algae biofuel market. The study projects the Asia Pacific region will experience major growth in the market during the forecast period due to technological advancements and materials availability.
The report referenced policies such as the European Commission's Renewable Energy Directive, which would require that at least 10 pct of transportation fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. (Source: Zion Market Research , July, 2018)
Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada (855) 465-4651, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zionmarketresearch.com
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The net-zero emissions goal is supported by the recently agreed upon energy union governance regulation, calling for Europe to achieve carbon neutrality "as early as possible."
(Source: European Commission, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018)
Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
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According to the Myenergy website, the company has constructed about 70 MW of turnkey photovoltaic (PV) plants as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, and designed more than 150 MW. (Source: Myenergy, Renewables Now, July, 2018) Contact: Myenergy SpA, +39 02. 3679 8760,
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The EU June 14 meeting agreed on a revised EU Renewable Energy Directive including a gradual reduction of certain biofuels calculated to meet ambitious renewable energy use target of 32 pct by 2030. According to the ambassador,
there is no specific or explicit reference to palm oil in the RED II Text and no prohibition or restriction on palm oil imports or palm oil based biofuels.
The relevant provisions in RED II are only aimed at regulating the extent to which certain biofuels can be calculated by EU member states to achieve their sustainable energy targets.
(Source: EU, Neutral English, Various Media, 17 June, 2018)
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The directive includes specific incentives for EU member countries developing their use in aviation which essentially give it twice as much credit against national targets as alternative fuels in other sectors. The directive, which followed European Commission proposals, now awaits the European Council agreement.
The IATA notes
that since the first biofuels flight in 2008 there have been more than 100,000 commercial flights using some blend of alternative fuel.
(Source: IATA, Flight Global, 3 June, 2018)Contact: IATA, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, +41 22 770 2967, www.iata.org
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To date, the EC has financed more than 4,500 projects and contributed €5.9 billion (£5 billion) climate change and environmental protection projects.
The EC aims to increase its focus on clean energy, nature and biodiversity as well as continue support for the circular economy and climate change mitigation.
For the next EU budget between 2021 and 2027, the Commission is proposing €1.95 billion of support under its LIFE program.
According to Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, "A stronger LIFE programme will play an important role in expanding investments in climate action and clean energy across Europe. By continuing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, LIFE will also continue to help the EU deliver on its climate goals and commitments under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals." (Source: EC, Various Media, EnergyLive News, June, 2018)
Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
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The NGO Global Witness, known for its campaign against "blood diamonds", is calling for robust regulations to curb the excesses of financial deregulation which have driven global deforestation and other abuses that contribute to climate change.
The EC says it aims at becoming a global leader in fighting climate change and achieving the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the COP21 Paris Climate accord meeting in December 2015. The impact of climate change already threatens financial stability and leads to major economic losses through floods, land erosion or droughts, the EC acknowledged.
To achieve the EU's 2030 climate targets, approximately €180 billion per year of additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy would be needed. Mobilizing private capital to fund sustainable investment is essential, the EC added. (Source: EC, Brussels Times, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Global Witness,
European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
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If the heave-duty truck proposals are approved it will be the first time the EU has set binding limits for heavy-duty vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions. Europe approved CO2 limits for passenger vehicles in 2009 and light commercial vehicles in 2011, which came into force in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Trucks comprise about 5 pct of the vehicles on EU roads but generate nearly 25 pct of emissions, making them an important target of the 28-member trading bloc's carbon reduction efforts. (Source: Financial Times, 12 May, 2018)
The EU committed in the Paris climate accord to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. (Source: EC, Financial Post, Various Media, May, 2018)
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The Commission says it has agreed to further tighten Real Driving Emissions (RDE) legislation by introducing independent control of emissions of vehicles during their lifetime. The Commission also proposes that from 2021 all new cars and vans must have "standardized and accessible fuel and energy consumption monitoring on board of the vehicle".
Following a three-month scrutiny period in the European Parliament and Council, the Commission will adopt the proposals, which would go into force January 1, 2019. (Source: EC, Auto Manufacturer Online, Others, 10 May, 2018)
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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, email@example.com; EIB, Tim Smit , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eib.org
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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, https://ec.europa.eu
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The EU ETS is expected to contribute about 65 pct of the reductions necessary to meet the EU's target of cutting emissions by 20 pct from 1990 levels.
UE ETS caps the emissions of around 12,000 power plants, factories, and airlines, forcing them to surrender one carbon permit for every tonne of CO2 emitted annually by the end of April of the following year.
(Source: European Union Newsroom, Devdiscourse, 3 April, 2018) Contact: EU Newsroom, https://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en
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The increase was attributed to increased industrial output across the 28-nation EU trading bloc.
The European Commission will publish preliminary data on verified emissions for 2017 on April 3. The data will be used to establish compliance levels for more than 12,000 installations participating in the EU ETS. (Source: Platts, S&P Global, Mar., 2018)
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The risk protection will cover 80 pct of Piraeus Bank's potential losses under these loans up to a maximum agreed amount. Piraeus Bank will also benefit from the technical and financial expertise of the EIB during the start of the operation for assistance in the identification and appraisal of energy efficiency investments and capacity building support.
The new cooperation with Piraeus Bank in Greece represents the eighth partnership with a European bank to support energy efficiency investments under the Private Finance for Energy Efficiency financial instrument. The European Investment Bank engagement is supported by the European Commission, under the LIFE programme. In 2017, the European Investment Bank provided more than €4.1 billion for new energy efficiency investment worldwide.
(Source: European Investment Bank/Luxembourg, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Piraeus Bank, www.piraeusbank.gr/en
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Under the Italian
scheme, which will run until 2022, producers of advanced biomethane and biofuels receive a premium to compensate for the higher biofuel production costs.
Farmers will also be incentivized to produce biofuel and biomethane from manure and other residues and use them to power their agricultural machines and vehicles.
(Source: EC, EU News, Mar. 1 3018)
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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, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org
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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, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat
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The investment, which covers 10 projects in Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Spain and Sweden, will mobilize investments leading to an additional €2 billion, as Member States can make use of other EU funding sources.
The 10 projects have a total budget of €182.2 million, of which €29.4 million is earmarked for
2 projects specific to climate change adaptation. (Source: European Commission, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy https://ec.europa.eu
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