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  • Eurelectric 2018 Annual Convention: "4 Ds" at the heart of the Power Sector Summit in Ljubljana

    On June 3rd and 4th, representatives of the European electricity industry met in the Slovenian capital for Eurelectric’s Annual Convention. The debates focused on the sector’s prospective challenges, the so-called "4Ds": decarbonization, decentralization, digitalization and democratization. This Convention was the opportunity for Eurelectric to unveil the results of its study on pathways to decarbonise the whole European economy by 2050.

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  • ‘2040 Objective’: En route to the end of diesel and gasoline vehicle sales

    On July 6th, 2017, Nicolas Hulot, Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, unveiled the Government’s Climate Plan commissioned by the President of the French Republic. To meet the ambition of the Paris agreement, and considering the importance of CO2 emissions from the transport sector in France [1], this Climate Plan makes clean mobility accessible to all one of the major levers for the success of the decarbonisation of the French economy, by aiming to put an end to the sale of vehicles emitting greenhouse gases by 2040.

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  • Save the date: UFE’s Annual Conference will take place on November 29th

    Save the date! As every year, UFE will welcome prominent public figures from the economic, industrial, political and media spheres on the occasion of its annual conference. November 29th will be the opportunity to discuss the state of play of the Clean Energy Package, before its final adoption in 2019. After two years of marathon negotiations, it will be time, indeed, to look concretely at the implications of the whole package for the energy sector.
    The annual conference will also highlight two sectors at the heart of major energy and digital transformations: building and mobility. See you on June 4th to discover the program of the annual conference.
    To have a look again at the 2017 edition, click here

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  • Carbon price floor: for a coordinated floor price at the European regional level

    While the CO2 emissions are increasing again across Europe, Emmanuel Macron seized the topic and just recalled, at the European Parliament last week, that it is essential to reopen the debate on a carbon price floor in Europe. If today the CO2 price on the EU-ETS market has risen above €10/tCO2, it is however still a far too weak economic signal in the light of the EU’s climate ambitions. The option of a carbon price floor is thus a necessary instrument to give stakeholders visibility and to boost efforts in terms of transformation in favour of a less emitting economy…

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  • Public Debate about the Plurennial Energy Programming (PPE): a societal debate

    Diversity is a guarantee of performance. Integrating various profiles in a debate of ideas remains always constructive as long as it implies listening, respect and takes into account the difficult and just balance between the reality principle, and current and future technological disruptions. Opened for a few days, the Public Debate on the Plurennial Energy Programming (PPE) will have to answer to this complex dynamic…

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  • When the Balkans remind us of the complexity of the electricity system

    We turn the light on, we work on our computers or on an assembly line, and we plug in our mobile phones… Electricity is behind each of these daily actions. Even if the availability of electricity seems today natural, it is however a long-term work that depends on the constant attention of all actors of the electricity system, and in the first place, of system operators, unknown guarantors of the security of supply.

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  • Low-carbon mobility: What coherence between the french mobility orientation bill and the european "clean mobility" package ?

    Today, greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector account for almost a quarter of European emissions. At the local level, air pollution, a problem that European cities are increasingly tackling, is responsible for 400,000 premature deaths per year[1]. Some other health consequences due to the transport sector, such as noise, are also often neglected[2]. Now more than ever, Europe must resolve this triple equation in order to reconcile mobility and environment when revising the Transport Regulations and Directives. At the same time, in France, the Mobility Forum (“Assises de la Mobilité”) has given way to the preparation of the Framework Bill on Mobility. As national and European issues are similar, solutions must complement each other. That is why national and European legislative work must therefore be carried out simultaneously in a spirit of integration.

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  • Market Design : last chance for the European Parliament !

    While the first trilogues on the Renewable Energy and the Energy Efficiency Directives, as well as the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union will start this week, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee will adopt on February, 21st their position on the new electricity market design. The outcome of this vote is crucial: capacity mechanisms, short-term market reforms and consumer participation are at the core of the proposals on the table. However, despite the concerns raised by several delegations, some compromised amendments tabled by the rapporteur, Krisjanis Karins, put at risk the ability for Member States to guarantee the security of supply in Europe. UFE takes stock of the stakes for this vote and stresses the importance of extending the debate in the European Parliament...

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