AEGPL Nieuws week 25

1| Energy savings law limps across the finish line

EU negotiators finally signed off on the new Energy Efficiency Directive on 19 June. It took six rounds of talks, the resignation of an MEP and a heavy dose of compromise but new laws on energy efficiency for the next decade were finalised on Tuesday, with national representatives and EU lawmakers agreeing on an overall EU-wide target of 32.5% by 2030. The Council and Parliament met exactly halfway between their initial starting points of 30% and 35%, respectively. But negotiators could only agree on a non-binding indicative goal. Environmental groups were quick to give the agreement short shrift. European Environmental Bureau branded the outcome “disappointing” and a mere “door-opener for more ambition”. Read more…

 

2| EU strikes early morning deal on energy governance bill

Negotiators from the European Commission, Parliament and Council struck a deal on the energy union governance regulation after an all-night session where they agreed to aim for a net-zero carbon economy “as early as possible”. Under the agreement, the Commission will have to put forward a proposal by 1 April 2019 to design a 2050 EU strategy for greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, with an analysis taking account the remaining “carbon budget” at global and EU level in order to keep global warming close to 1.5°C and Scenarios for the EU’s contribution towards the objective of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and negative emission afterwards. Read more…

 

3| Europe’s current zero and low emission vehicles proposal would allow CO2 emissions of new combustion engine vehicles to increase – argues research institute

In order to promote the uptake of electrified vehicles, the European Commission included targets for zero-and low-emission vehicles (ZLEV) in its recent regulatory proposal for the time period up to 2030. The International Council on Clean Transportation (icct) argues that even though the targets are an innovative approach for the EU standards, they are at best toothless if implemented as proposed, and at worst could actually undercut the climate benefit of the regulation. For the ZLEV targets foreseen are voluntary for manufacturers, with no penalties in case of non-compliance and therefore little effect on actual product planning. But if the targets were made binding as presently conceived, that would provide an incentive for manufacturers to increase the average CO2 emissions of whatever combustion engine vehicles they continue to build. Read more…

 

4| UN climate draft report leaked ahead of intense climate week

If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040, according to a draft UN report leaked ahead of an intense climate-focused political week. Governments can still meet the emission reduction target as framed under the Paris Agreement but only with “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in the world economy, the report says. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due to publish its final report in October in South Korea after revisions and approval by governments. Read more…

 

5| EU Sustainable Energy Week: LPG can help lead Europe’s clean energy transition

LPG can help Lead Europe’s clean energy transition, writes Antonio Neves Costa. The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) brought to Brussels experts to discuss the most innovative and efficient solutions in the field of sustainability. Under the ‘Lead the clean energy transition’ banner, this year’s EUSEW discussed the challenges in decarbonising the energy sector. Much has been done in Europe, where the European Commission has taken a lead role through policies such as the clean energy package, and in particular, the Renewable Energy Directive. The LPG industry will continue working together with EU decision makers in highlighting the benefits of LPG and contributing to a more sustainable European energy landscape. Read more…

 

The AEGPL Team
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