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Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

Eurogas Annual Conference: Shaping the Future of Gas (Brussels and online, from 17 March 2022, 15:00 CET to 17 March 2022, 18:15 CET) —
The Eurogas Annual Conference 'Shaping the Future of Gas' will take place on 17 March 2022 (15:00-18:15 CET) at the Renaissance Hotel, Brussels and online.

European Electric Vehicle Batteries 2022 Summit (Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 08 June 2022, 09:00 CET to 09 June 2022, 18:00 CET) —
The European Electric Vehicle Batteries Summit - Advancing Battery Performance While Driving Down Production Costs: Unleashing The Power of Electric Mobility - will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 8th & 9th June 2022.

$1 bn EU-Catalyst partnership launches request for proposals 13 January 2022, 23:38 CET
Breakthrough Energy's EUR 820 million Catalyst program launched a request for proposals Tuesday to support large-scale emerging climate technology projects located in the EU, Iceland and Norway.

EU-Catalyst Partnership - guide 11 January 2022, 22:15 CET
On 11 January, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst published a request for proposals for large-scale deep green technology projects based in Europe.

EU-Catalyst Partnership 11 January 2022, 22:16 CET
Many clean energy innovations available today - like wind, solar, and lithium-ion batteries - are starting to compete with the emissions-intensive technologies they were designed to replace. After decades of research, development, demonstration, and deployment, these technologies are now cheap enough for productive markets to help them get to scale.

EU's 'green finance' plans amount to unacceptable institutional greenwashing 04 January 2022, 22:22 CET
On New Year's Eve, just before midnight, the European Commission presented a draft Delegated Act to include nuclear and fossil gas in its 'Taxonomy,' which is its list of economic activities that can be classified as a 'green' investment.

EU Taxonomy: Commission sneaks out gas and nuclear plan, locks out citizens 02 January 2022, 22:31 CET
Late on 31 December 2021, the European Commission confidentially circulated a plan that would classify fossil gas and nuclear power as ‘sustainable’ investments.

Recast of the EPBD: on the right track with some drawbacks 17 December 2021, 00:35 CET
SMEunited is positive that focus is put on ways to remove economic, technical and knowledge-based barriers to renovate as well as to increase skilled workforce in the construction supply chain. However, some of the new proposed concepts could increase complexity and costs for SMEs.

New EU energy framework to turn page on fossil fuels 23 December 2021, 00:46 CET
The European Commission adopted a set of legislative proposals Thursday to decarbonise the EU gas market by facilitating the uptake of renewable and low carbon gases, including hydrogen.

Reducing methane emissions in the energy sector 16 December 2021, 23:11 CET
The European Commission proposed on 16 December to further adjust its energy and climate policy framework to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere. Questions & Answers on the new EU framework to decarbonise gas markets, promote hydrogen and reduce methane emissions.

Consumers to get basic energy efficiency standards in housing but are given mixed signals on heating 15 December 2021, 17:27 CET
Consumers will benefit from new basic housing standards that will allow them to use less energy to heat or cool their homes, according to the European Commission's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive announced today, part of its 'Fit for 55' climate package.

Smart readiness indicator 12 December 2021, 21:25 CET
The Smart readiness indicator (SRI) is a common EU methodology, which rates the smart readiness of buildings (or building units) in their capability to perform 3 key functionalities: optimise energy efficiency and overall in-use performance; adapt their operation to the needs of the occupant; adapt to signals from the grid (for example energy flexibility).

EU Taxonomy: first list adopted despite Member State lobbying on nuclear and gas 09 December 2021, 18:05 CET
Despite opposition from France, Poland, Hungary and others, the EU's first list of 'sustainable' sectors for investors will now become law.

New EU energy map to help decarbonisation 08 December 2021, 22:36 CET
The EU Commission unveiled its Energy and Industry Geography Lab Wednesday, a user-friendly online tool providing geospatial information for companies and energy infrastructure planners.

Energy and Industry Geography Lab 08 December 2021, 22:28 CET
The Energy and Industry Geography Lab is a tool for geographical data related to energy, industry and infrastructure. The tool makes it possible to find and filter energy-related data, and create and share maps displaying this data. The Energy and Industry Geography Lab enables analyses and assessments that support Europe’s transition to climate neutrality. The tool is developed and maintained by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

E-mobility: only 1 in 9 charging points in EU is fast 03 November 2021, 18:00 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is alerting EU policy makers to a twin problem with charging infrastructure for electric cars: not only is there a flagrant lack of chargers throughout the region, but very few of these can actually charge vehicles at an acceptable speed.

Coal end-date key to EU-South Africa just transition success 03 November 2021, 00:21 CET
The EU's plan to support South Africa's phasing out of coal in favour of renewables sounds promising, but its success will hinge upon South Africa committing to no new coal and - eventually - setting a realistic but ambitious coal end date.

Renewables overtake fossil fuels as top EU power source 28 October 2021, 22:45 CET
Renewables overtook fossil fuels as the EU's leading power source for the first time in 2020, according to Tuesday's energy reports, generating 38% of electricity compared to 37% for fossil fuels.

EU leaders search for solutions to soaring energy prices 23 October 2021, 23:23 CET
EU countries and the European Commission should urgently use the tools available to rein in surging energy prices, EU leaders affirmed Friday at the end of their two-day summit in Brussels.

Energy and materials prices endanger SMEs' recovery 19 October 2021, 18:25 CET
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 21 October, SMEunited spotlights the repercussions of high energy and material prices for European SMEs. It calls for policy actions to mitigate the energy crisis for 22.5 million SMEs, such as cost management and measures to improve energy markets.

EU Energy prices 14 October 2021, 18:01 CET
In the EU, each EU country can decide its own energy mix, but it has to follow the rules of the internal EU energy market and take into consideration the EU's climate ambitions. The primary objective of a well-functioning market is to foster a secure supply of energy, produced as sustainably as possible, at affordable prices. The EU energy sector responds to market forces so that energy companies strive to be as competitive as possible.

EU 'toolbox' to tackle rising energy prices 14 October 2021, 22:28 CET
The EU Commission presented Wednesday a 'toolbox' of measures to help Europe's people and businesses tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, projected to last through the winter.

Communication on Energy Prices - guide 13 October 2021, 22:19 CET
The European Commission adopted on 13 October a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter, and help Europe's people and businesses.

'No gas in 'green' Taxonomy' - 150 NGOs urge EU Commission 24 September 2021, 00:16 CET
As the Commission prepares criteria for supplementary Delegated Act in Autumn, NGOs outline how including gas in the Taxonomy would turn it into a greenwashing tool, completely undermining its credibility and sending a disastrous global signal.

Electric cars: 10 EU countries do not have a single charging point per 100km of road 09 September 2021, 12:41 CET
There is a serious lack of electric charging points along the road networks in most EU member states, according to new data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).