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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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 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
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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)
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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
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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 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)
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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
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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)
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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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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, email@example.com, www.total.com
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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)
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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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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.
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.epure.org; European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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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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)
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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,
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
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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.
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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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)
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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, email@example.com,
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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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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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.greenalia.es; EIB, www.eib.org
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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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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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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,
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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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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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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, email@example.com, www.windeurope.org
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