AEGPL Nieuws week 27

1| Governance of the Energy Union: Council confirms deal reached with the European Parliament

The EU ambassadors of the member states confirmed, on behalf of the Council, the provisional agreement reached on 19-20 June between the European Parliament and Council on the Energy Union Governance Regulation. The governance regulation is a key part of the clean energy package. It is the ‘umbrella’ piece of legislation which is intended to ensure that the EU’s 2030 energy and climate targets are achieved. It defines how member states will collaborate both with each other and with the Commission to reach the EU’s ambitious clean energy goals. It also sets out control mechanisms that will help ensure that the targets are met, and that the range of actions proposed constitute a coherent and coordinated approach. Read more…

 

2| Carmakers warn MEPs against ‘unrealistic’ EV target

Carmakers have warned MEPs against ‘unrealistic’ targets for new car and van CO2 emissions reductions after their research revealed financial barriers to electric vehicle (EV) uptake. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association said its analysis showed affordability remained a strong deterrent for consumers to switch to EV’s. Market share is close to 0% in countries with per capita GDP below €18,000, and no more than 0.75% in half of all member states. The European Commission proposed the upper limit for average emissions of newly registered vehicles should be 30% lower by 2030 compared to 2021, with half of the reduction to be in effect by 2025. Environment committee rapporteur Miriam Dalli of the S&D group favours reduction targets of 25% from 2025 and 50% from 2030, while ACEA has called for a headline 20% 2030 target. Read more…

 

3| MEPs reaffirm net-zero 2050 emissions call

The European Parliament has called again for the EU to target net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, in a resolution on climate diplomacy adopted on Tuesday. With a view to the COP24 talks in December, MEPs called for the European Commission and national governments to show their “commitment to an ambitious climate policy as this will help it to lead by example and to advocate for strong mitigation commitments on the part of other countries”. The resolution, adopted by 488 votes to 113 with 73 abstentions, calls for EU foreign policy to increasingly take account of climate related social, economic and security risks. Read more…

 

4| UK set to ‘dramatically’ miss 2030 energy efficiency targets for homes

The UK will not meet its 2030 goals to boost energy efficiency in its housing stock until the end of the century, new research from think tank IPPR has concluded. The report attributes this slow progress to the current pace of deployment of energy efficiency measures under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which is set to be formally re-launched for the period 2018-2022 later this year. Drawing on the latest official Government figures, the report claims that 2.55 million homes across the UK were affected by fuel poverty in 2015, as a result of “weak” energy efficiency policies and a lack of governmental support for measures such as insulation, double glazing and modern boilers. Read more…

 

5| More cities get tough on diesel

The mayor of London and representatives of other British cities have called for a ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars to be introduced in 2030 – 10 years earlier than the earlier announcement by the UK government. Their call comes as a court in Germany has ruled that banning diesels from a historic city is a legitimate way to combat air pollution, and Milan has taken the first step towards banning diesels from the city by 2025. Meanwhile, the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, has said a ‘progressive ban’ on diesels within the city centre will begin in January. The ban will at first cover only older diesel cars meeting Euro 0, 1, 2 and 3 standards and Euro-4 diesels will banned from October 2019. Read more…

 

The AEGPL Team
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