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High-level conference on clean energy financing [Topical Digest]

The EU has ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency and leading in renewable energies. Continue reading

Improving energy performance of buildings [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission adopted a ‘Clean energy for all Europeans’ package, consisting of eight legislative proposals and other actions to help the EU meet its 2030 energy and climate goals. Continue reading

Financing clean energy: High-level conference in the European Parliament today

Leading personalities from politics, finance and business get together in the European Parliament hemicycle to discuss the financing of clean energy in Europe. Continue reading

Revised Energy Efficiency Directive [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive, as part of the Clean Energy package. Continue reading

Promoting renewable energy sources in the EU after 2020 [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission launched the Clean Energy package, which included a recast of the Directive on the promotion of renewable energy sources (‘RES Directive’). Continue reading

Governance of the energy union [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Commission proposed a regulation on governance of the energy union, as part of its Clean Energy package (30 November 2016). Continue reading

EU energy policy [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Faced with uncertain energy demand, volatile prices and possible disruptions to supply, the European Union is pushing ahead with efforts to fully integrate its still fragmented energy market. The aim is to boost economic growth, foster innovation, ensure stable supplies and protect the environment. Continue reading

Land use in the EU 2030 climate and energy framework [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 20 July 2016, the European Commission proposed a regulation regarding the inclusion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from land use and forestry in the EU 2030 climate and energy framework. This would be the first time that the land-use sector is formally included in EU climate policy. The proposed regulation would require Member States to balance emissions and removals from the land-use sector over two five-year periods between 2021 and 2030. It sets out accounting rules and allows for certain flexibilities. Continue reading

EU sustainability criteria for bioenergy [Policy Podcast]

Written by Gregor Erbach, Bioenergy, which is generally produced from plants such as agricultural crops or trees, comes in various forms. Wood and other solid biomass are commonly used for heating and electricity generation. Liquid biofuels for transport and other purposes are mainly made from food and feed crops, but can also be produced from … Continue reading

Understanding the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom)

Written by Marcin Szczepański, Euratom was created in 1957 to further European integration and tackle energy shortages through the peaceful use of nuclear power. It has the same members as the European Union and is governed by the Commission and Council, operating under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Euratom regulates the European … Continue reading

Energy efficiency and reducing consumption [What is Europe doing for its citizens?]

Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson, Greater energy efficiency can help to reduce the bills that consumers pay for their heating and electricity, and contributes to the fight against climate change because lower energy consumption leads to fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency can also foster greater energy security in the EU, by reducing the need … Continue reading

Framework for energy efficiency labelling [EU legislation in progress]

Written by Alex Wilson (5th edition), In July 2015, the Commission proposed a new regulation on energy efficiency labelling as part of its summer energy package. The proposed regulation seeks to restore the A-G scale for energy labelling; create a mechanism for rescaling products that can accommodate further improvements in energy efficiency; establish a product … Continue reading

Framework for energy efficiency labelling [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson, In July 2015, the European Commission proposed a regulation on energy labelling that would replace and repeal the 2010 directive on the subject. The Parliament proposed a series of amendments in July 2016, setting the stage for interinstitutional ‘trilogue’ negotiations. An agreement was eventually reached in March 2017, and the … Continue reading

Intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy [EU legislation in progress]

Written by Gregor Erbach (4th edition), The Commission has proposed a decision which would require Member States to submit draft intergovernmental agreements with non-EU countries in the field of energy to it before they are signed. The Commission would then check whether they are compliant with EU law, and Member States would have to take … Continue reading

New rules for the Agency for the Co-operation of Energy Regulators (ACER) [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a regulation on the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), as part of the ‘clean energy for all Europeans’ legislative package. Continue reading

EU energy policy [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, On 30 November, the European Commission unveiled its ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans‘ legislative package, which it hopes will mark a major step twards creating an Energy Union that ensures a functioning internal market in  gas and electricity, addresses security of supply issues, promotes renewable energy sources,  encourages  energy efficiency and … Continue reading

What if cars became crucial for the energy grid? [Science and Technology Podcast]

Written by Lieve Van Woensel with Brian Kelly, Smart transportation is widely seen as creating a world in which the vehicles of the future have the ability to make decisions without human input. But in addition, car batteries can serve as an electricity storage mechanism, supporting stabilisation of the electricity grid through vehicle-to-grid technology. Smart … Continue reading

Energy poverty: Protecting vulnerable consumers [Policy Podcast]

Written by Nikolina Sajn, Between 50 million and 125 million people in the EU are at risk of energy poverty – unable to keep their homes warm or pay their bills. Many cope by spending less on food, heating only some rooms in their homes or during only parts of the day, wearing multiple layers … Continue reading

How will robotic applications in the energy grid change our lives?

Written by Lieve Van Woensel with Brian Kelly Today, more and more services and applications are functioning based on interconnected computers and robots interacting with the physical world. These are known as Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). A recently-published study on the ‘Ethics of Cyber-Physical Systems’ for the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel examines seven … Continue reading

Public opinion and EU action on industrial policy, energy supply and security: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Parliament, the only directly elected EU institution, recently commissioned a Eurobarometer survey to gauge citizens’ attitudes to EU action in a range of policy fields, including industry, energy supply and energy security. Although industrial policy appears to be a low priority for citizens, ensuring a secure supply of energy … Continue reading

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