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EU Slams Indonesian Biodiesel with 18 pct Duties (Int'l.)
EU, EC, Indonesian Biodiesel
Date: 2019-08-14
Meeting in Brussels, the European Commission (EC), which coordinates European Union (EU) trade policy, is reporting the imposition of conditional countervailing duties of 8 to 18 pct on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia, The duties will run until Dec, 2019, at which time they will be reviewed and possibly definitively imposed, according to an EC statement.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Indonesia Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Duties,  EU,  European Commission,  


EIB Loans to Fund 21 Spanish Wind Farms (Int'l., Funding)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2019-08-09
The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it will provide €385 million in loan funding for Alfanar Group's construction of 21 wind farms totaling 547 MW in Andalusia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla Leon, Galicia and Navarra in Spain.

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

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


EU Woody Biomass,Wood Pellet Demand Rising (Int'l Report)
Woody Biomass,Wood Pellet
Date: 2019-08-07
According to a recent report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, the European Union (EU) market for wood pellets will likely grow this year but future expansions could be limited by sustainability requirements introduced by the 28 individual EU member states.

The report notes nearly half of the EU's renewable energy is presently generated from the combustion of solid biomass -- wood chips and pellets -- not including municipal solid waste. The EU consumed an estimated 27.35 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2018, with consumption projected to rise to 30 million metric tons this year. According to the report, the EU's 656 wood pellet plants are expected to produce 18.1 million metric tons of wood pellets this year and imports are expected to rise from 10.355 million metric tons in 2018 to 12.2 million metric tons in 2019.

Report details are HERE. (Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, July, 2019) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, gain.fas.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


EU to Support Belarus Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l Report)

Date: 2019-08-05
The Belarusian State Committee for Standardization in Minsk is reporting the European Union will provide up to €15 billion to support energy efficiency and water resources projects in Belarus. The funding is part of the recently agreed EU4Belarus: Resource Efficiency Facility for Belarus joint program.

The program will help develop and support energy efficiency, more effective management of resources, modernization of municipal and private infrastructure. (Source: EU, BelTA, 5 Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Calix Reports CO2 Capture Technology Test Success (Int'l Report
Calix
Date: 2019-08-02
NSW Australia-based Calix Ltd. is reporting Project LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement), featuring Calix's CO2 capture technology for lime and cement, has been commissioned and is operating after preliminary testing at Heidelberg Cement's plant at Lixhe in eastern Belgium.

The project consortium includes the world's largest lime and cement companies, with Calix as the core technology provider and project leader.

Construction of the €21 million project was completed in early May. The project, which received €12 million from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is part of the EU's target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 pct below 1990 levels by 2050. To that end, European cement industry needs to deploy carbon capture across 60 pct of its plants.

Calix's patented "Direct Separation" carbon capture technology will enable Europe's cement and lime industries to reduce their CO2 emissions dramatically without significant energy or capital penalty. The technology works on both lime and cement meal, with calcination near to target levels and CO2 of more than 95 pct purity successfully separated at the top of the reactor, although not yet at full design capacity. which will be tested until the end of 2020. (Source: Calix, Manufacturing Mag., 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: Calix, Mark Sceats, CEO, +61 (2) 8199 7400, www.calix.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Calix,  Carbon Capture,  Cement,  


EC Supports Six French Offshore Wind Farms (Int'l. Report)
European Union,European Commission
Date: 2019-07-29
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports the European Union's 28 member countries support six large offshore wind farms in French territorial waters and that the proposed projects are inline with, and thus qualify for, EU State financial aid. According to the EC release, the offshore wind projects will help France reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition in the single market.

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, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


Serbia Announces €30Mn Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l, Funding)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-07-26
In Belgrade, the Serbian government is reporting plans to launch a €30 million($33.4 million) energy efficiency fund in 2020. The money will directed towards residential projects.

The current budget for energy efficiency projects is only €1.5 million and is specifically earmarked for municpal governments and their projects for schools, hospitals and other similar projects.

The government has secured €10 million financing for the fund, while an additional €10 million will be provided by the European Union (EU).

The EU is also providing an additional €30 million to support the energy efficiency efforts of six countries in the Western Balkans. (Source: Tanjug News Agency, SeeNews, 25 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Blockchain Start-up Eco Smart Energies Announces Pre-ICO (Int'l.)
Eco Smart Energies Ltd
Date: 2019-07-22
In the UK, London-based Eco Smart Energies Ltd reports it is prepared to launch the pre-ICO campaign for their upcoming Renewable Energy Network Based on Decentralized Organization (RENBDO) project. The campaign aims to secure funds for the installation of up to 52 wind turbines for the production of green energy.

To date, 72 pct of the required funding has been covered by the European Union irredeemable funds for green energy. The remaining 30 pct of necessary funding is expected to be covered by the upcoming ICO.

Through the pre-ICO campaign, Eco Smart Energies will introduce their Renewable Energy Token (RET) to the market with the objective of creating an ecosystem where the investors will receive return on their investments based on the amount of tokens owned by them. Ownership of one RET is equivalent to owning one asset in Eco Smart Energies. 90 pct of the total profits will be distributed amongst the token holders while the remaining 10 pct will be earmarked for maintenance and employees.

RENBDO is a cryptocurrency start-up venture focused on the establishment of wind farms and green energy. (Source: Eco Smart Energies Ltd , PR News, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Eco Smart Energies Ltd, www.renbdo.io

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Eco Smart Energies Ltd ,  


Malaysia Plans Challenge to EU Palm Oil for Biofuels Curbs (Int'l)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2019-07-17
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian President Joko Widodo last week declared palm oil as a "strategic commodity" for his country and that the government would lodge a complaint with the World Trade Organization over the European Union's plan to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels.

The Southeast Asian country is the world's second largest palm oil producer after Indonesia and would be hit hard by the EU's plan to cut its use in biofuels by 2030.

In March, the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned the EU attempt to curb palm oil in biofuels "risks opening up a trade war with Malaysia." (Source: Gov. of Malaysia, Al Arabiya, Others, AFP, 16 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Malaysian Palm Oil,  


MERCOSUR, EC Deal Opens South American Biofuels Market (Int'l)
European Commission,MERCOSUR
Date: 2019-07-15
The European Union's European Commission (EC) is reporting a trade deal with the South American Mercosur trading bloc that will open the European market to more imports of ethanol and crops that are used to make high-emitting biofuel.

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, www.mercosur.int/en/about-mercosur/mercosur-countries

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Soy Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  


Total's La Mede Biorefinery Production Underway (Int'l Report)
Total
Date: 2019-07-03
In Paris, energy major Total reports it has begun production at the La Mede biorefinery in southeastern France, with the first batches of biofuel coming off the line. It is the final step in converting the former oil refinery into a new energies complex.

Launched in 2015, the Mede biorefinery can produce 500,000 tpy of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a premium biofuel, as well as biodiesel and biojet fuel for the aviation industry. The facility was specifically designed to process all types of oil. Its biofuels will be made: 60 to 70 pct from 100 pct sustainable vegetable oils (rapeseed, palm, sunflower, etc.), and 30 to 40 pct from treated waste (animal fats, cooking oil, residues, etc.).

As part of May, 2018 agreement with the French Government, Total has pledged to process no more than 300,000 tpy of palm oil -- less than 50 pct of the total volume of raw materials needed -- and at least 50,000 tpy of French-grown rapeseed, creating another market for domestic agriculture. All the oils processed will be certified sustainable to European Union standards.

Total is also examining different biomass conversion pathways, such as thermochemical, biotechnology and algae, and is working in its own laboratories and via R&D partnerships with manufacturers, start-ups, universities and private laboratories, including BioTfueL, Novogy and Renmatix. (Source: Total Website, PR, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Total, Investor Relations: +44 (0 )207 719 7962 l, ir@total.com, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Total,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  


U.N. Sec Gen. Wants EU Emissions Target Raised (Int'l Report)
European Union
Date: 2019-06-19
Reuters is reporting U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 -- in excess of the 28 member trading bloc's present 40 pct reduction target. The Secretary General also asked EU leaders to phase out burning coal and approval of new coal-fired power plants beyond 2020.

The European Parliament and the EU's climate chief Miguel Arias Canete have called for the bloc to aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, saying legislation passed since the Paris Climate Agreement puts the EU on track to surpass its current emissions reduction target.

Poland and other EU member states that rely on coal for power production , along with Germany and its its powerful automotive sector, balk at deeper emission cuts. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, CNBC, June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  EU,  


EC Warns EU Nations Missing 2030 Energy Efficiency Targets (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2019-06-19
In Brussels, the European Commission is warning the 28-member European Union trading bloc will miss its binding target to improve its energy efficiency by 32.5 pct by 2030. The EU 2030 energy efficiency target is based on energy savings compared with a business as usual projection, and translated to a target cap of 1.273 billion mtoe for primary energy use and 956 million mtoe for final energy use.

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

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


Netherlands Calls for Minimum CO2 Emissions Price (Int'l, Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-06-05
In Amsterdam, the Government of the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte has proposed legislation setting a minimum price of €12.30 per tonne of CO2 emissions by electricity producers. If approved by parliament, the law would come into force in Jan., 2020, rising to €31.90 in 2030. The Dutch carbon tax would supplement the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS). (Source: Gov. of the Netherlands, Reuters, June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  


Total EU GHG Emissions Increase Slightly (Int'l. Report)
European Environment Agency
Date: 2019-05-31
According to the European Environment Agency's (EEA) Annual European Union Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2017 and inventory report 2019 the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions -- including international aviation -- rose by 0.7 pct in 2017 compared with 2016. From 1990 to 2017, the EU reduced its net GHG emissions by 21.7 pct and is therefore still exceeding its 20 pct Paris Climate Accord reduction target set for 2020.

In reaching these levels, less coal was used for heat and electric power production but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year.

The report notes EU GHG emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic and structural factors and, on average, milder winters. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to efficiency improvements, increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels. -- more gas, and less coal and oil. Energy efficiency and renewable energy will continue to play a key role in cutting future emissions and helping the EU achieve its 40 pct reduction target by 2030. (Source: European Environment Agency, Various Media, Eurasia Review, 30 May, 2019) Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu.

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Environment Agency ,  Carbon Emissions,  


Gasum Opens First Swedish LNG Filling Station (Int'l Report)
Gasum Oy
Date: 2019-05-22
In Espoo, Finland, the Nordic energy company Gasum Oy, a major biogas producer and distributor, is reporting the opening of its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) biogas filling station in the city of Vasteras, central Sweden, where it also owns a biogas production facility. In the long term, the company plans to expand its Swedish filling station network to 50 outlets.

Under the European Union's emissions reduction standards, CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are to be reduced by 30 pct by 2030. Sweden is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic traffic by at least 70 pct by 2030. (Source: Gasum,Regeringen.se, Europa, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Gasum Oy, Mikael Antonsson, +358 20 4471, www.gasum.com/en/About-gasum/Information-about-Gasum/Gasum-in-brief

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  LNG news,  Biofuel news,  Liquified Natural Gas news,  


EU Dumps 9.5 pct Duty on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l Report)
uropean Commission
Date: 2019-05-17
In Brussels, the Europen Union Commission reports it has ended a 9.5 pct anti-dumping duty on U.S. imports. The European Union Commission reports it has canceled a 2013, 9.5 pct ethanol anti-dumping duty against imports from the United States. In ending the duty, the Commission concluded that "removing the duty would not increase the likelihood of dumping of U.S. ethanol on the EU market" and noted "it found no evidence that U.S. ethanol exports have increased because of lack of growing domestic demand and not because of growing demand in other countries."

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, info@epure.org, www.epure.org; European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  European Commission,  Ethanol,  ePure,  


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, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

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


British Steel Borrows to Meet Pre-Brexit EU ETS Rules (Int'l)
British Steel,Bexit
Date: 2019-05-06
Following up on our 15th April report on the European Union's decision to suspend Britsh Steel and other UK firms' access to free carbon permits under the EU ETS until a Brexit withdrawal deal is ratified, the UK government reports it has loaned British Steel £120 million to meet its obligations under EU ETS rules allowing industrial polluters to use carbon credits to pay for the previous year's emissions, or trade them to raise money.

Each free permit gives a firm the right to emit a tonne (1,000kg) of CO2. British Steel claims that it is discussing the impact of Brexit on its business with ministers and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) and is in talks with Department for Business about financial assistance. British Steel has until 30 April to comply with EU emission rules. (Source: British Steel, Insider Media, 2 May 2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News UE ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  Brexit,  British Steel,  


African Nations Share Climate-Smart Agriculture Funds (Int'l)
UNDP,Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
Date: 2019-05-01
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are reporting the African countries of Zimbabwe, Uganda, Madagascar, eSwatini and Seychelles will share a total of $3.49 in grant funding to support a three-year scale-up of climate change projects aimed at promoting climate aware, conservation farming.

The funds, which will be managed by the UNDP under an agreement signed with Comesa, will support the adoption of climate smart agriculture practices and technologies among farmer co-operatives and schools. The programme is part of COMESA's European Union supported Global Climate Change Action Plus Programme focused on mainstreaming climate change in national policies, strategies and development plans of member states, promoting, supporting, and piloting appropriate adaptation and mitigation projects. (Source: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, The East African, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, www.comesa.int; UNDP, www.undp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDP,  Climate Change,  


FCA Links With Tesla to Beat European Emission Fines

Date: 2019-04-19
FCA, whose brand portfolio includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati, will pay for the right to count Tesla’s electric vehicles as part of its fleet under a so-called “open pool” option permitted by EU emission regulations. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signs a deal with Tesla that will allow it to avoid paying fines for exceeding European Union carbon-dioxide emission limits from 2021, the Financial Times has reported. FCA, whose brand portfolio includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati, will pay for the right to count Tesla’s electric vehicles as part of its fleet under a so-called “open pool” option permitted by EU emission regulations. Under the EU regulations, the average emissions of a company’s new-car fleet in 2021 must be 95 g/km or less – compared with the 130g/km regulation in force today. The EU fleet averages are calculated on the number of cars sold. While Tesla’s European sales are relatively small, its electric-powered Model 3, Model S and Model X will allow FCA to significantly lower its fleet average emissions owing to the fact that they don’t emit any CO2. In a statement, FCA says its “open pool” alliance with Tesla will “optimize the options for compliance that the regulation offer(s).” It adds: “FCA is committed to reducing the emissions of all our products. The purchase pool provides flexibility to deliver products our customers are willing to buy while managing compliance with the lowest-cost approach.” (Source” Tesla, FCA, Wardsauto, 9 April, 2019)


British Steel Seeks £100Mn to Meet Pre-Brexit EU ETS Rules (Int'l)
EU ETS
Date: 2019-04-15
The BBC is reporting the European Union's decision to suspend UK firms' access to free carbon permits under the EU ETS until a Brexit withdrawal deal is ratified is behind British Steel's decision to seek a £100 million to meet EU ETS rules allowing industrial polluters to use carbon credits to pay for the previous year's emissions, or trade them to raise money.

Each free permit gives a firm the right to emit a tonne (1,000kg) of CO2. British Steel claims that it is discussing the impact of Brexit on its business with ministers and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) and is in talks with Department for Business about financial assistance. British Steel has until 30 April to comply with EU emission rules. (Source: BBC, Steel Times, 14 April, 2019)

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


Palm Oil Producers Partner to Protest EU Directive (Int'l)
Palm Oil,Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
Date: 2019-04-08
Reporting from Kuala Lumpur, the governments of Malaysia and Indonesian have announced the two major global palm oil producers will, under the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries, (CPOPC) embark on a joint mission to Brussels this week to register a firm objection to the Delegated Regulation Supplementing Directive 2018/2021 of the European Union Renewable Energy Directive II.

According to the release, "Malaysia has argued that the law discriminates against biofuels and bioliquids produced from palm oil and other oil crops. There is also significant lack of scientific data and reliable information used in the Delegated Regulation which classifies palm oil production as a high Indirect Land Use Change risk biofuel feedstock."

"Malaysia urges the European Union to provide equitable treatment across all oil crop biofuels and bioliquids in line with the World Trade Organization non-discriminative principles. Malaysia will continue to overcome disruptive and discriminatory practices on suppressing the palm oil trade," the release added. (Source: Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries, Bernama, Sun Daily, 6 April, 2019) Contact: Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries, www.cpopc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Palm Oil,  Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries ,  


EuroStat Notes EU's Renewable Energy Propects, Progress (Int'l)
EU
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, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

More Low-Carbon Energy News EuroStat,  Renewable Energy,  


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,  


EU ETS, Swiss Carbon Market Link Together (Int'l Report)
Carbon Marget, EU ETS
Date: 2019-03-08
Meeting in Bern, the Swiss cabinet reports approval of a deal that would link the Swiss and the European Union carbon emissions trading systems (EU ETS). With the linking of the systems the most polluting category of Swiss companies will be able to access a larger market and benefit from the same conditions as their European counterparts, beginning in 2020.

In Switzerland, 54 companies in sectors like cement, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, refineries, paper, heating or steel are linked to the Swiss emissions trading system. In Europe, there are around 11,000 firms that offset their emissions under the EU ETS.

In Switzerland, companies have the right to emit a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere for free. Those that reduce their CO2 emissions and do not use all their quota can sell them to others.

Companies that do not participate in the emissions trading scheme are subject to a CO2 tax which can be refunded if they undertake to reduce their emissions. The coupling of the Swiss and EU emission trading systems will enter into force in 2020. It is part of the changes associated with the revision of the Swiss CO2 law. The agreement is for an indefinite duration and can be terminated with six months' notice by both parties.(Source: swissinfo.ch, 7 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  EU ETS,  


Balkans Energy Efficiency Scores Additional EU Funding (Int'l) Report)
EU,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-02-25
In Brussels, the European Union (EU) reports it is providing an additional €30 million ($34 million) under the EU Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (REEP) to support energy efficiency initiatives and programs in the Balkans -- Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

The additional support brings the EU's contribution to the programme to €80 million and it further leverages 6.5 times more of financing via International Financial Instruments. The fund will be extended through the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF).

The 2013 REEP programme is a joint initiative of the EC, bilateral donors and beneficiary countries cooperating under the WBIF. The program , which promotes and supports energy efficiency efforts, was implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in concert with the Energy Community Secretariat. (Source: EU, SeeNews, Twitter, 23 Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Funding,  EU,  


Daimler Predicting Rising Vehicle Emissions (Int'l Report)
Daimler
Date: 2019-02-08
German auto juggernaut Daimler is reporting its average emissions levels in Europe will rise in 2019 due to stricter anti-pollution testing rules that have revealed higher emissions results.

European Union lawmakers are demanding that automakers cut average CO2 emissions levels by 40 pct between 2007 and 2021, a goal that has become harder to attain after WLTP emissions tests were introduced in 2018.

Daimler AG is a German multinational automotive corporation, headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg. Daimler-Benz was formed with the merger of Benz & Cie and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft in 1926. (Source: Daimler, euronews., 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Daimler, Dieter Zetsche, CEO, www.daimler.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Daimler,  Transportation Emissions,  


Palm Oil Producing Countries Comment on Biofuels, Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
Date: 2019-01-14
A recent meeting of the Jakarta-based Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) , issued the following policy developments in the EU on biofuel:
  • Under the proposed Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the Commission of the European Union is mandated to establish criteria to help distinguish between high and low risk Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) across the vegetable oil sector in general used for biofuels;

  • There are several EU models for ILUC that have been proposed none of which, nor could provide definitive evidence that would allow for a clear distinction between high and low risk ILUC. Nevertheless, the Commission is mandated to establish criteria by February 2019 to allow for such a distinction to be made;

  • The ILUC concept is of US and EU origin, but it is not a globally accepted approach or standard for assessing the impact of ILUC on climate change. It helps underpins EU policy, but it is not an international norm upon which palm oil producing countries could or should build their environmental policies;

  • CPOPC draws attention to the fact that there is over 1.7 billion hectares of land devoted to the production of crops globally, of which only 4 pct is devoted to biofuel. In our view, the very marginal use of land for biofuel calls in to question the very basis premises of indirect land use change resulting from the cultivation of vegetable oils for biofuel;

  • While CPOPC considers that the scientific community of palm oil producing countries should engage with the Commission, the Governments in the developing world should be fearful of being drawn in to acknowledging, accepting or offering legitimacy to the ILUC scheme within the RED II;

  • Palm oil producing countries should also be mindful in the weeks ahead of the objectiveness of the criteria being established and whether they are being applied impartially across all vegetable oils. In this respect, there is concern that palm oil will be targeted as several EU models are associated with the conversion of forests and peat lands with ILUC;

  • CPOPC is of the view that the use of ILC to target palm oil would represent a basic violation of the non-discriminatory principles upon which the WTO multilateral system is based; and that any related EU regulation or decision would likely constitute a Technical Barrier to Trade;

  • CPOPC does not necessarily subscribe to this concern, but we believe that criteria established by the EU should also address carbon retention in lands that have been converted from forests and peat in Europe; as well as to take account of the relative productivity of vegetable oils and the importance that this plays in protecting the global land bank;

  • There are wider concerns that have been expressed by palm oil producing countries that criteria should also take into-account the historical impact of mass deforestation in Europe;

  • CPOPC supports the UN global agreement to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (SDGs);

  • CPOPC considers that the SDGs does not mean a trade off between social and economic progress and the environment, but rather the need to balance out these aims and CPOPC and other Palm Oil Producing countries are willing and open to engage with trading partners and stakeholders on how to achieve the SDGs in the vegetable oil sector;

  • In contrast to the direction of EU RED II, CPOPC believes that the promotion of first generation biofuel is an essential element for achieving the SDGs in palm oil producing countries. The use of vegetable oils in biofuel is essential to combating climate change and it is also important for all Governments in Palm Oil Producing Countries to reassure and give certainty to our industries that biofuel investment will not be undermined as is the case in the European Union. (Source: CPOPC, Neutral English, Oct, 2018) Contact: CPOPC, Mahendra Siregar, Executive Director, +62 21 391 5160, +62 21 391 3961, secretariat@cpopc.org, www.cpopc.org

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  • EU Earmarks €54 Mn for Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
    Ukraine
    Date: 2018-12-17
    The European Union (EU) reports it is providing the second tranche of financial assistance amounting to €54 million to support the activity of the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Fund. These funds are added to the first tranche worth EUR 50 million that Ukraine received from the EU for the Fund's activity in June.

    The EU support is aimed at implementing the programs that include the provision of non-refundable grants to the apartment building co-owners associations for taking energy efficiency measures, technical support for the apartment building co-owners associations in preparation of applications to the Fund, as well as assistance in the training of energy auditors who will work in all the regions of Ukraine. (Source: UKRINFORM, 17 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  


    EU in Disagreement on Auto CO2 Emission Limits (Int'l Report)
    European Union
    Date: 2018-12-12
    On Tuesday in Brussels, European Union (EU) member countries were reportedly unable to reach a compromise on significant curbs to carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans.

    The EU executive initially proposed that emissions decline by 30 pct by 2030, compared to 2021 levels. Germany backed that plan, but a push by several EU countries, including the Netherlands and France, raised the target to 35 pct. There is also an intermediate target for 2025. EU parliamentarians endorsed a 40 pct reduction in October, which was endorsed by the Netherlands, Sweden, and other member states. (Source: EU, Automotive News Europe, 11 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Transportatio Emissions,  


    Consortium Committed to European Transport BioLNG (Ind. Report)
    BioLNG
    Date: 2018-12-10
    EuroNet is reporting a European Union co-funded BioLNG consortium's commitment to the expansion of LNG as a road transport fuel and new infrastructure that should ensure the long-term success and mass scale adoption across Europe.

    To that end, the consortium -- Shell, DISA, Scania, IVECO, CNH Industrial Capital Europe under the trademark of IVECO Capital and Nordsol -- will each deliver separate activities that will see 2,000 more LNG trucks on the road, 39 LNG fueling stations and the construction of a BioLNG production plant in the Netherlands. The LNG Retail stations will form part of a pan-European network and be built in Belgium, France, Germany the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The stations will be located along core road network corridors from Spain to eastern Poland. (Source: BioLNG Euronet, Petrol Plaza, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  


    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,  


    Ukraine Completes EU4Energy Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
    EU4Energy
    Date: 2018-11-14
    In Kiev, the Ukraine has is reported to have completed two sustainable energy -- energy efficiency projects under the European Union's EU4Energy program.

    The projects include a hospital in Voznesenk reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrade of windows and exterior thermal insulation that is expected to cut the facility's annual energy costs by 62 pct.

    The EU4Energy programme supports Eastern Partnership Region municipalities reduce their carbon emission by 20 per cent by 2020. The facility provides financial and technical assistance to targeted sustainability, energy management, energy efficiency and related projects. (Source: EU4Energy, Emerging Europe, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU4Energy, www.euneighbours.eu/en/east/stay-informed/projects/eu4energy-programme

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    No-Deal Brexit Would Kill Britain's EU ETS Participation (Int'l)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2018-11-14
    In Brussels, Reuters is reporting that without a deal to leave the EU , Britain, Europe's second largest emitter, will be excluded from the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and all other legislation to help limit the impact of climate change. The EC could also temporarily suspend permit auctions and free allocations linked to the UK market in an effort to minimize the worst disruption in key areas in case of a no-deal Brexit.

    In October, Britain said that if there is a Brexit deal, the country plans to remain in the ETS until at least to the end of its third trading phase running from 2013-2020. (Source: Reuters, Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Brexit news,  EU ETS news,  


    $134Mn Niger Climate Change Adaptation Funding Announced (Int'l)
    Niger Basin Authority,African Developement Bank
    Date: 2018-11-09
    The African Development Bank (ADB) reports approval of $76 million financial package for the integrated development and climate change adaptation in the Niger Basin. The Green Climate Fund, the European Union, the Global Environment Fund, the Forest Investment Fund and the various governments will also participate bringing the total to $134 million.

    The funded activities include recovery of 140,000 ha of degraded land; construction of 209 water conveyance infrastructure for agro-pastoral systems and fish farming; leveraging on the livestock and aquaculture compacts of the Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT). The program will also touch on implementing 450 agricultural value chain development sub-projects; building climate change adaptation capacity for 1,000,000 households and operationalize a financing mechanism for natural resource management.

    The Niger Basin Authority member states include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad. (Source: ADB, All Africa, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: ADB, www.afdb.org/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  African Developement Bank,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    EIB, Indonesia Ink Green Infrastructure Development MoU (Int'l)
    EIB
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Reporting from Jakarta, the government of Indonesia and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed an agreement to further invest in and develop green infrastructure projects in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that will increase the country's resilience to climate change and other natural disasters in the medium and long term.

    The MoU is in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the European Union and Indonesia's climate action agendas.

    The focus of the European Investment Bank's operations on climate mitigation and adaptation will provide additional opportunities for important projects for low carbon development, resilient cities and infrastructures. (Source: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, DevDiscourse, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, +62 021-319 6207, www.bappenas.go.id; EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Green nt Infrastructure,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    Palm Oil Producing Countries Comment on Biofuels, Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Meeting last week in Jakarta, The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) , issued the following policy developments in the EU on biofuel:
  • Under the proposed Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the Commission of the European Union is mandated to establish criteria to help distinguish between high and low risk Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) across the vegetable oil sector in general used for biofuels;

  • There are several EU models for ILUC that have been proposed none of which, nor could provide definitive evidence that would allow for a clear distinction between high and low risk ILUC. Nevertheless, the Commission is mandated to establish criteria by February 2019 to allow for such a distinction to be made;

  • The ILUC concept is of US and EU origin, but it is not a globally accepted approach or standard for assessing the impact of ILUC on climate change. It helps underpins EU policy, but it is not an international norm upon which palm oil producing countries could or should build their environmental policies;

  • CPOPC draws attention to the fact that there is over 1.7 billion hectares of land devoted to the production of crops globally, of which only 4 pct is devoted to biofuel. In our view, the very marginal use of land for biofuel calls in to question the very basis premises of indirect land use change resulting from the cultivation of vegetable oils for biofuel;

  • While CPOPC considers that the scientific community of palm oil producing countries should engage with the Commission, the Governments in the developing world should be fearful of being drawn in to acknowledging, accepting or offering legitimacy to the ILUC scheme within the RED II;

  • Palm oil producing countries should also be mindful in the weeks ahead of the objectiveness of the criteria being established and whether they are being applied impartially across all vegetable oils. In this respect, there is concern that palm oil will be targeted as several EU models are associated with the conversion of forests and peat lands with ILUC;

  • CPOPC is of the view that the use of ILC to target palm oil would represent a basic violation of the non-discriminatory principles upon which the WTO multilateral system is based; and that any related EU regulation or decision would likely constitute a Technical Barrier to Trade;

  • CPOPC does not necessarily subscribe to this concern, but we believe that criteria established by the EU should also address carbon retention in lands that have been converted from forests and peat in Europe; as well as to take account of the relative productivity of vegetable oils and the importance that this plays in protecting the global land bank;

  • There are wider concerns that have been expressed by palm oil producing countries that criteria should also take into-account the historical impact of mass deforestation in Europe;

  • CPOPC supports the UN global agreement to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (SDGs);

  • CPOPC considers that the SDGs does not mean a trade off between social and economic progress and the environment, but rather the need to balance out these aims and CPOPC and other Palm Oil Producing countries are willing and open to engage with trading partners and stakeholders on how to achieve the SDGs in the vegetable oil sector;

  • In contrast to the direction of EU RED II, CPOPC believes that the promotion of first generation biofuel is an essential element for achieving the SDGs in palm oil producing countries. The use of vegetable oils in biofuel is essential to combating climate change and it is also important for all Governments in Palm Oil Producing Countries to reassure and give certainty to our industries that biofuel investment will not be undermined as is the case in the European Union. (Source: CPOPC, Neutral English, 1 Oct, 2018) Contact: CPOPC, Mahendra Siregar, Executive Director, +62 21 391 5160, +62 21 391 3961, secretariat@cpopc.org, www.cpopc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries,  


  • Finnish Woody Biomass Biofuel Viability Questioned (Int'l)
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2018-09-17
    In Helsinki, a Finnish governmental biofuels task force has noted the negatives associated with the use of biofuels for transportation as a way to reach zero greenhouse emissions.

    In its report, the task force noted that emissions perhaps would not necessarily shrink as most of the fuels would be produced from woody biomass from the country's abundant forests. The development of emissions depends on how much carbon the vast Finnish forests actually tie down, and that is still being debated, according to the report.

    In 2017, the European Union allowed an increase in the use of wood as fuel in Finland but no major investments in the biofuel sector resulted due to the high costs and the need public financial support to the investments. The report added that competition among pulp and biofuel industries for raw wood feedstocks could also be a problem. (Source: Various Media, Xinhua, Sept., 2018)

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    EU Banning Halogen Bulbs, Pushing Switch to LEDs (Int'l Report)
    European Union
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Brussels, the the European Union (EU) is all set to ban the sale and use of halogen light bulbs and encouraging the switch to more energy efficient LED lights, effective September 1, 2018.

    The ban is a part of the final stage of the EU energy rules directive (EC 244/2009) that has banns less efficient light sources, with the aim of improving energy efficiency and cutting the carbon footprint across the EU. The EU banned the traditional incandescent light bulbs in 2009.

    According to lighting industry giant Philips, consumers can expect savings of up to £112 a year from the switchover because LEDs last much longer than halogens and use far less power. (Source: Indian Express, Philips, Guardian, 23 Aug., 2018)

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    EU ETS Carbon Prices on the Rise, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tracker
    Date: 2018-08-22
    According to a just released Carbon Tracker Initiative report, European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) carbon prices are on course to hit €25 by the year end -- about €7 higher than the current price on the EU carbon market. The report notes that EU carbon prices could average €35-40 per tonne over 2019-2023, accelerating the switch from coal to gas and questioning the maintenance of outdated coal and lignite power plants beyond 2021.

    The Carbon Tracker Initiative is a team of financial specialists making climate risk real in today's capital markets. The EU ETS is the 28-member trading bloc's flagship emissions reduction tool. According to Carbon Tracker the EU ETS has been the hottest commodity market in the world over the last 16 months, with the price of European carbon allowances (EUAs) up 310 pct since May 2017, 120 pct since the start of the year. Carbon Tracker expects that, as a reaction, carbon prices are likely to rise to levels that trigger fuel-switching from coal to gas in Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, following in the footsteps of the UK. (Source: Carbon Tracker, EURACTIV, 20 Ag., 2018)Contact: Carbon Tracker, www.carbontracker.org

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    Norway Open for Carbon Capture & Storage Business (Int'l. Report)
    Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
    Date: 2018-08-13
    In Oslo, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy reports it is proceeding with an undersea carbon capture and storage (CSS) project which, if successful, will serve as a stepping stone for full scale international operations.

    The Norwegian demonstration scale project, which is expected to be online by 2020, will capture emissions from a Heidelberg Cement cplant in Brevik and a waste incineration facility in Oslo. These sites all delivered their concept studies for CO2 capture in the fall of 2017. Each plant plans to capture roughly 400,000 tpy.

    Norway began in carbon storage with the Sleipner Project which has stored 1 million tpy CO2 since startup about 20 years ago. It was the first facility dedicated to CO2 storage and was installed as a means of avoiding the Norwegian carbon tax and reducing the CO2 content of natural gas produced in the area, which exceeded the specified European Union limit in CO2 concentration of 2.5 pct. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Design News, Aug., 2018) Contact: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, +47 22 24 90 90, postmottak@oed.dep.no, www.regjeringen.no

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    £3.5Mn Welsh Energy Storage Initiative Wins EU Support (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-08-08
    The University of South Wale reports European Union funding will help launch the £3.5 million Smart Energy Storage Solutions Hub (SESS) low-carbon technologies and energy-storage products, pilot project. The scheme, led by the University of South Wales (USW), will work with businesses to drive innovation and develop new products, technologies and processes for the commercial market.

    The hub, based at the university's state-of-the-art Centre for Automotive and Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE), will benefit from £2.3 million of EU funding to collaborate with businesses in sectors such as low carbon, energy and environment, advanced manufacturing and ICT. The remainder of the funding will come from the university and industrial partners involved in the project. (Source: University of South Wales, South Wales Argus, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of South Wales, +44 0 3455 76 01 01, www.southwales.ac.uk

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    EIB Funds Spanish Woody Biomass Plant (Int'l Report, Funding)
    Greenalia SA
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it has granted a €50 million ($58.5 million) loan to a subsidiary of Coruna-headquartered Greenalia S.A. to finance a new biomass-fired power plant will generate approximately 324 GWh of electricity per year from locally sourced woody biomass and forest wastes.

    The EIB financing, together with another €50 million ($58.5 million) loan from various financial institutions, will be provided via a Project Finance arrangement for the construction and operation of this new 50 MW facility.

    The EIB is the European Union's bank. We are the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. We work closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy.

    The EIB is the world's largest multilateral borrower and lender providing finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives. Although more than 90 pct of EIB activity is in Europe, the EIB is a major investor worldwide. (Source: EIB, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Greenalia SA, +34 902 905 910, administracion@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es; EIB, www.eib.org

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    Tesla Deploys Microgrid Powerpacks in Samoa (Ind. Report)
    Tesla Powerpack
    Date: 2018-07-27
    In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system incorporating 60 Tesla Powerpacks on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa where Tesla back in 2016.

    Now Tesla has deployed two more Powerpack projects at the Fiaga Power Station and the Faleolo International Airport on the main island for a total of 13.5 MWh of energy storage capacity. The project reportedly cost $8.8 million and was supported by development partners, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government of Japan, Government of Australia, Government of New Zealand and the European Union. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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    EU Finalizes 2030 Renewable Energy, Climate Targets (Int'l)
    EU
    Date: 2018-06-25
    After 18 months of negotiations, the European Union last week finalized new climate targets increasing the present 17 pct share of renewable energy to 32 pct, and setting an energy efficiency target of 32.5 pct by 2030.

    Germany reportedly blocked a previous effort to set an even higher renewables target of 35 pct called for by the European Parliament and member states including Spain and Italy, saying it is unrealistic. The country, which still relies on coal to generate much of its electricity, announced last week that it would not meet its 2020 emissions target due to economic and population growth.

    In addition to the newly agreed targets, the EU set a wider goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below levels in 1990. Member state governments will now devise their own plans to meet these goals, in line with the Paris Agreement.

    Green Group MEPs and environmental campaigners, however, said the new targets are not sufficient to meet goals set by the Paris Agreement, particularly limiting warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. The final deal allows the EU to revisit climate goals in 2023 and increase the agreed targets if so desired. (Source: EU, European Scientist, 23 June, 2018)

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    EU Compromises on Paris Climate Agreement Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Paris Climate Agreement,Energy Efficiency Directive ,European Environmental Bureau
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Meeting in Brussels, the European Union reports it has agreed to increase its 2030 energy efficiency target and a set of binding measures defined in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) by 32.5 pct by 2030. Energy efficiency stakeholders from across industry and civil society had been calling for a binding 40 pct energy efficiency target which would reflect the most cost-effective energy savings potential in the path to meeting the Paris Climate Agreement.

    As part of the compromise the Directive continues the annual energy savings obligation set by Article 7 of the EED, requiring Member States to establish policies that deliver new action and delivering new savings for households, the service sector and small businesses. (Source: EU, European Environmental Bureau , 19 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Directive, EEB, Anton Lazarus, +32 2 289 13 09, anton.lazarus@eeb.org, www.eeb.org

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    EU Affirms Palm Oil, Palm Oil Biofuels Import Position (Int'l)
    EU Renewable Energy Directive
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In a written statement issued in Jakarta on Saturday, EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guerend stressed that based on the outcome of a June 14 meeting between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Union Council on the revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the EU remains the most open market for Indonesian palm oil.

    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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    Dutch PM Wants EU to Increase CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l)
    EU,Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-06-15
    Europe needs to reduce its carbon emissions by more than currently planned to limit global warming as agreed under the Paris climate agreement, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the European Parliament on Wednesday.

    Rutte told a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Union's aim to reduce carbon emissions, which scientists hold responsible for global warming, by at least 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030, "is not enough" and proposed a 55 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

    Studies have shown that reducing carbon emissions has become less costly as the price of generating electricity from renewable energy has come down over the past years. Still, climate policy remains a contentious issue in the European Union which often pits countries looking for tougher reduction targets against newer member states in the East which rely more on coal-powered plants for energy. (Source: Cyprus Mail Online, 13 June, 2018)

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    European Union Sets 32 pct by 2030 Renewables Target (Int'l)
    WindEurope
    Date: 2018-06-15
    Meeting in Brussels, the 28-member European Union's Parliament (EP), Council (EC) and Commission are reporting agreement on a "binding" target of 32 pct renewable energy by 2030. The new figure, up from the previous 27 pct target but short of the 35 pct objective backed by the EP and several renewable energy trade bodies.

    According to the 450-member industry group WindEurope, "Member States will be allowed to have technology-specific auctions and will have to provide at least five years visibility on public support, including the timing, volumes and budget for auctions," WindEurope said. (Source: EC, WindEurope, WindPower, 14 June, 2018) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, +32 2 213 1811, +32 2 213 1890 - fax, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

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