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Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

Recording energy performance contracts in national accounts - Eurostat guidance 21 September 2017, 22:16 CET
Eurostat has published a guidance note on the accounting consequences for governments of energy performance contracts.

EU lifts one key barrier for public investments in energy efficiency, easing adoption of ambitious 2030 targets and measures 20 September 2017, 17:58 CET
Yesterday, Eurostat published a guidance note on how to record Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts. The new guidance note clarifies and makes it easier for governments to invest in improving the energy efficiency of their buildings and infrastructure by using Energy Performance Contracts.

Gas-sharing move to secure EU gas supply 13 September 2017, 18:00 CET
Any EU member state facing an urgent gas shortage will be able to trigger cross-border assistance from its neighbours under new cooperation rules approved by the European Parliament Tuesday.

Alternative fuel vehicle registrations - Quarter 2 2017 08 September 2017, 00:13 CET
In the second quarter of 2017, EU demand for alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) continued the positive momentum from the first quarter.

First generation biofuels are just as sustainable as second generation – both show significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions 07 September 2017, 23:37 CET
A comprehensive sustainability assessment carried out by nova-Institute shows that first generation bioethanol is as advantageous as second generation bioethanol for a feasible climate strategy. The results clearly indicate that the systematic discrimination against first generation biofuels of the current Commission proposal is in no way founded on scientific evidence. It would be counterproductive to further lower the share of first generation fuels in the EU’s energy mix.

Energy-gobbling vacuum cleaners outlawed by EU 01 September 2017, 18:40 CET
Vacuum cleaners sold in Europe are to be more cost- and energy-efficient, as a result of EU rules which outlaw new vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts and emitting more than 80 decibels.

Vacuum cleaners 01 September 2017, 12:44 CET
Vacuum cleaners are subject to EU energy labelling and ecodesign requirements. From September 2017, the most efficient vacuum cleaners will carry a label of A+++. These ratings take into account the vacuum cleaners' total power and how efficiently that power is used to pick up dust. With more efficient vacuum cleaners, Europe as a whole can save up to 20 TWh of electricity per year by 2020. This is equivalent to the annual household electricity consumption of Belgium. It also means over 6 million tonnes of CO2 will not be emitted – about the annual emissions of eight medium-sized power plants.

Energy Storage poised to be a lucrative market in the Benelux 16 August 2017, 18:13 CET
SMi Reports: Industry leaders will gather at the Benelux Infrastructure Forum this November to discuss the latest developments in in energy storage infrastructure.

EU targets pollution with review of fuel-burning plants 01 August 2017, 12:05 CET
The EU Commission took action Monday against pollution from large combustion plants, such as power stations and district heating plants - responsible for about one-third of all air pollutants from industry.

Improving Energy Security in Europe: The Role of Infrastructure Investment 11 July 2017, 18:14 CET
The global sphere is facing increased debate and discussion surrounding the use of renewable energy sources and environmental protections. New projects including battery energy storage, wind farms, and solar panels support the drive for clean energy and put pressure on countries relying upon unsustainable means.

Nord LB, SMBC, and NN Investment Partners B.V. to discuss optimal profitability from alternative energy sources 04 July 2017, 14:06 CET
Outdated modes of energy sourcing and dependence on external supplies drive a need to strengthen European energy security. New forms of energy and updated infrastructure through renewable energy would serve to remedy this reliance on energy suppliers and strengthen Europe’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.

Circular Economy Package: EucoLight calls on the European Institutions to secure clear and binding extended producer responsibility (EPR) requirements 03 July 2017, 23:30 CET
The final step of the adoption of the EU Waste legislative package is in the informal Trilogue phase. The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission are finalising the text of the proposal to amend the Directive on Waste. This proposal includes minimum extended responsibility requirements.

Airborne Wind Energy Conference 2017 (Freiburg, Germany, from 05 October 2017, 00:00 CET to 06 October 2017, 00:00 CET) —
The 7th Airborne Wind Energy Conference (AWEC 2017) will be held on 5-6 October 2017 at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany, in the historic city center of Freiburg (Kollegiengebäude I, Platz der Universität 3, D-79098 Freiburg). AWEC 2017 is co-organised by the university together with the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Initial Training Network AWESCO and the Sustainability Center Freiburg.

How low can you go? EU Member States Fall Short on Own Commitments Again 28 June 2017, 14:14 CET
On 26th June, EU energy ministers agreed on a General Approach for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). The widely feared watering down of the original proposals has happened with ministers backing down from any further ambition for energy efficiency and buildings. EU Member States have now failed to put in place the legal framework to support their existing commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement and have reneged on their responsibility to take a global leadership position.

Green Investment Bank, Green Giraffe and more discuss Future of Offshore Wind Energy Market 27 June 2017, 22:40 CET
SMi Reports: Green Investment Bank, Green Giraffe, and others to discuss offshore wind investment at SMi's Benelux Infrastructure Forum on the 22-23rd November.

Ministers make limited progress on energy efficiency 27 June 2017, 16:58 CET
EU ministers agreed reduced energy efficiency targets Monday, of 30 per cent by 2030, as well as what has been termed an 'unambitious' revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Clean energy package stumbles at first hurdle 26 June 2017, 23:28 CET
Energy ministers set about weakening the EU’s energy efficiency laws today, taking a step backwards both for the climate and the green economy as they adopted their position on the Energy Efficiency Directive revision.

MEPs vote in simpler energy efficiency labels 13 June 2017, 23:34 CET
The EU Parliament gave the green light Tuesday for simpler energy efficiency labels for household appliances, enabling customers to choose products reducing energy consumption and their energy bills.

Flawed energy efficiency report would be disaster for citizens and the climate 12 June 2017, 12:50 CET
Commenting on the draft report by Adam Gierek MEP on the Energy Efficiency Directive review, Arianna Vitali, Senior Policy Officer at WWF European Policy Office said:

Brussels seeks mandate to negotiate with Russia on Nord Stream 2 12 June 2017, 00:32 CET
The European Commission asked EU Member States Friday for a mandate to negotiate with the Russia the key principles for the operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2017 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 22 November 2017, 09:00 CET to 23 November 2017, 17:00 CET) —
SMi proudly introduces the 16th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum, which will take place at the Mövenpick Hotel Meeting Centre Two, Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 22nd -23rd November 2017.

EU could retake climate leadership under new EP plan to boost renewables, Greenpeace 17 May 2017, 23:52 CET
A new plan by key members of the European Parliament would help the EU retake global leadership on climate change, just as the US dithers on its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, said Greenpeace.

AEGIS Europe calls for the EU to strengthen Trade Defence 15 May 2017, 13:52 CET
The alliance of 30 European manufacturing associations, AEGIS Europe, has expressed its regret at news of the insolvency of the EU’s largest solar manufacturer, SolarWorld.

Maltese presidency proposes slowing down delivery of energy savings 04 May 2017, 15:27 CET
The Coalition for Energy Savings understands that Malta, who holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, is maintaining its proposal to weaken the energy savings objective in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), despite the opposition of a block of Member States.

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry 03 May 2017, 23:29 CET
The trade body for the UK oil and gas industry has written to the Prime Minister highlighting research findings that assess the potential impact and opportunities of Brexit on the sector.