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EU Nations Call for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l)
European Union
Date: 2019-05-08
The Financial Times is reporting eight EU member countries -- Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden -- have asked heads of the 28-member trading bloc states to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a net-zero level by 2050 and dedicate at least 25 pct of bloc's next seven-year budget to projects that fight climate change. The eight nations stressed that as a general principle, the EU budget should not finance policy detrimental to the fight against climate change.

In seeming solidarity with the eight EU nations, the mayors of 210 EU cities including Athens, Bonn, Bratislava, Milan and Paris are also urging national leaders and the European Council to commit to the net-zero emissions 2050 target. {Source: EUROPA, Financial Times, 7 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  


EU Calls for China to Peak Emissions before 2030 (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2019-03-13
The European Commission on 12 March urged China to peak its CO2 emissions before 2030. “China is at the same time the world’s largest emitter and investor in renewable energy. We call on China to peak its emissions before 2030 in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and inspire action globally,” EU Energy and Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete wrote in a tweet.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions news,  China Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


EC Strategy for a Climate Neutral Europe by 2050 (Report Attched)
European Union, European Commission
Date: 2018-11-30
The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets the goal to contain the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C.

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.

Download the EU Climate Change Fact Sheet HERE. (Source: EU, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  Climate Change,  


EU Palm Oil Biofuel Ban Stalled Until 2030 (Ind. Report)
EU, Palm Oil
Date: 2018-06-25
A recent meeting between the European Parliament, Commission, and European Council has suspended the implementation of a policy that would have banned the use of crude palm oil as a basic material for biofuel in 2020 and instead set a target of 2030 for the complete ban of palm oil.

The EU's new policy will start reducing crude palm oil imports gradually in 2023 before the complete banning effective in 2030. Until then, the percentage of palm oil in EU biofuel will be kept at 2019 levels.

Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for 85 pct of the world's palm oil supply, reportedly expressed relief in response to the EU decision while the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) said that although the EU decision was "very welcome" the upcoming ban would cause it to aggressively seek new markets.

Under current EU law, palm oil must come from certified sustainable plantations. Even so, environmentalists note that palm oil diesel still produces three times the carbon emissions of fossil diesel. Environmental organizations and green activists accuse the palm oil industry of causing massive deforestation and rainforest destruction, thus hastening climate change. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Citizen Truth, 24 June, 2018)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, www.mpoc.org.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


IATA Calls for EC to Back Alt, Fuels Incentives (Int'l Report)
IATA
Date: 2018-06-04
Further to our 28 February, 2018 coverage, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for the European Council (EC) and Commission (EU) to back incentives for production of aviation alternative-biofuels as part of an imminent renewable energy directive.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News IATA,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Bifuel,  


EC Approves EU ETS 2021-2030 Rule Changes (Int'l Report)
EU ETS, European Council
Date: 2018-02-28
In Brussels, the European Council (EC) reports it has formally approved the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the period 2021 to 2030. The reform is a significant step towards the EU reaching its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030, as agreed under the EU's 2030 climate and energy framework, and fulfilling its commitments under the Paris Agreement. The reform includes the following:
  • The cap on the total volume of emissions will be reduced annually by 2.2 pct (linear reduction factor) and the number of allowances to be placed in the market stability reserve will be doubled temporarily until the end of 2023 (feeding rate);

  • A new mechanism to limit the validity of allowances in the market stability reserve above a certain level will become operational in 2023;

  • The revised ETS directive also contains a number of new provisions to protect industry against the risk of carbon leakage and the risk of application of a cross-sectoral correction factor;

  • The share of allowances to be auctioned will be 57 pct, with a conditional lowering of the auction share by 3 pct if the cross-sectoral correction factor is applied;

  • Revised free allocation rules will enable better alignment with the actual production levels of companies, and the benchmark values used to determine free allocation will be updated. The sectors at highest risk of relocating their production outside the EU will receive full free allocation. The free allocation rate for sectors less exposed to carbon leakage will amount to 30 pct. A gradual phase-out of that free allocation for the less exposed sectors will start after 2026, with the exception of the district heating sector.

    The new entrants' reserve will initially contain unused allowances from the current 2013-2020 period and 200 million allowances from the market stability reserve. Up to 200 million allowances will be returned to the market stability reserve if not used during the period 2021-2030.

    The EU ETS sets a cap on how much CO2 heavy industry and power stations can emit. The total volume of allowed emissions is distributed to companies as permits which can be traded. ETS is a cornerstone of the EU's policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. The EU ETS limits emissions from more than 11.000 heavy energy-using installations and airlines operating between the 28 EU member countries and covers around 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, emissions from sectors covered by the system will be 21 pct lower than in 2005. (Source: European Council, 27 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Council,  Carbon Emissions,  EU ETS,  


  • In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Wilderness Society
    Date: 2018-02-19
    In a new report, US Interior Department notes that 42 pct of all coal mined in the US in 2015 came from public lands, as did 22 pct of all crude oil and 15 pct of all natural gas. Now, a new report from The Wilderness Society shows that fossil fuel exploration on public lands generates roughly 20 pct of all US greenhouse gas emissions, and that activity shows no signs of abating.

    The report -- In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands -- incorporates data from the Wilderness Society's new Federal Lands Emissions Accountability Tool (FLETT)developed in cooperation with Quadruple Bottom Line Solutions (4BL), a communications agency.

    The report finds that emissions associated with federal lands energy development need to be reduced from 1.52 billion tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year to between 1.16 billion and 1.13 billion tons CO2e per year by 2025 to be in-line with economy-wide reductions needed to meet that goal."

    Download the In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands report HERE. (Source: Wilderness Society, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, EcoBusiness, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Wilderness Society, www.wilderness.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Wilderness Society,  


    LSB Lobbies for 2021 EU Advanced Biofuels Mandate Start (Int'l)
    Sustainable Biofuels
    Date: 2018-02-09
    In a move to bolster advanced biofuels investor confidence, Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB), a coalition of 12 advanced biofuels producers and technology developers, is calling on EU institutions to set its new advanced biofuels blend mandate -- Annex IX part A of the Renewable Energy Directive -- to begin in 2021. The coalition is chaired by UPM Public Affairs director Marko Janhunen.

    According to a LSB statement, the European Commission and European Parliament are aligned with the request for the advanced biofuels mandate to come into effect in 2018. However, the European Council is proposing for the mandate to kick off in 2025. LSB argues that if the Council gets its way, there would be significant political insecurity for sector, jeopardizing the swift uptake of advanced biofuels in the EU. Conversely, a binding Annex IX part A based target would "set a strong framework for investments in sustainable, novel and innovative technologies and production facilities," according to the LSB statement. (Source: Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, Biofuels Int'l.,Others, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, www.sustainablebiofuelsleaders.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  Sustainable Biofuels ,  


    EC Adopts Appliance Energy Efficiency Labeling (Int'l)
    European Council
    Date: 2017-06-28
    Further to our March 24, 2017 coverage, meeting in Luxembourg, the European Council (EC) reports the adoption of energy efficiency labeling for household appliances being sold in EU countries. The labeling is intended to reduce energy costs and contribute to the moderation in energy consumption. The ruling is under the Clean Energy package -- revised directives on energy efficiency and on energy performance of buildings.

    The EC also agreed on a proposal for a revised directive on the "decarbonization" of energy and energy performance of buildings. (Source: EU Council, EC, Independent, 27 June, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Council,  


    European Investment Bank Carbon Footprint Report 2016 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2017-05-19
    The attached European Investmment Bank'(EIB) Carbon Footprint Report details the EIB's GHG emissions and the measures actions that the EIB Group takes to continue reducing emissions and its carbon footprint.

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the financing institution of the European Union (EU). Created by the Treaty of Rome, its shareholders are the EU Member States and its Board of Governors is composed of the Finance Ministers of these States. The EIB enjoys its own legal personality and financial autonomy within the EU system. The mission of the EIB is to contribute, by financing sound investment, to the policy objectives of the EU, as laid down in its statutes and in decisions of the European Council.

    The EIB contributes towards the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of the EU Members by raising substantial volumes of funds and offering fav ourable terms towards financing capital projects in accordance with EU objectives. Outside the EU , the EIB implements the financial components of agreements concluded under European development aid and cooperation policies.

    Download the European Investment Bank Carbon Footprint Report 2016 HERE. (Source: EIB, May, 2017) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Carbon Footprint,  


    EC Clarifies Appliance Energy Efficiency Labeling (Int'l)
    European Council
    Date: 2017-03-24
    The European Union's European Council (EC) reports it and the European Parliament have agreed on regulations setting a framework for energy efficiency labeling. The proposed regulation will replace the current legislation (Directive 2010/30/EU) retaining its main principles but further clarifying, strengthening and extending its scope. The agreement is subject to member states Permanent Representatives (Coreper) confirmation.

    The Energy labeling framework clarifies the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances -- dishwashers, televisions, fridges, etc. -- to help homeowners reduce energy consumption and costs. The regulation establishes deadlines to replace the current A+, A++, A+++ classes with an A to G scale and sets out a procedure for rescaling labels based on technological development.

    The proposal also sets clearer rules on promotional campaigns, national incentives to promote higher classes of efficiency and aims to improve enforcement mechanisms and transparency towards customers by creating a database of products covered by energy labeling requirements. (Source: EC, PR, 23 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Council,  Energy Efficiency,  

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