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  • The European electricity sector needs capacity mechanisms!

    As negotiations on the electricity market reform are in full swing, the European media Euractiv, with the support of UFE and RTE, organised on September 25th a conference in Brussels on the role of capacity mechanisms in the energy transition. As one of the most political topics of the ongoing discussions on the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package, capacity mechanisms are instruments that value the availability of generation capacities and demand side response on the market and aim at ensuring security of supply for consumers whatever the circumstances. However, the outcome of the discussions on this subject remains uncertain. UFE comes back to this major challenge of the reform of the electricity market in Europe.

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  • Building sector: France against the wall

    Launched on September 10th by the French government and ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), the “FAIRE” (to make) campaign to mobilize for the energy renovation of buildings goes in the right direction, as it takes a bottom-up approach, closest to the citizens’ preoccupations. But it is only a first step, considering that, in terms of clarity and coherence of public policies in the building sector, much progress remains to be made…

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  • The European (Energy) Union at the crossroads

    Last February, in his speech on the State of the Energy Union, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič set the tone: 2018 would be the “year of engagement”, an intense legislative year where the European Union would adopt instruments and policies to make the Energy Union a reality in 2019. Now that the second semester has just begun, many files remain open: final negotiations on the Clean Energy Package, new ambitions for the reductions of emissions in the transport sector, long-term vision for the decarbonisation of the European economy; the coming months will be decisive for the future of the European climate and energy policy. They also announce the beginning of an uncertain period for Europe with the launch of the campaign for the European elections, scheduled in May 2019, the exit of United Kingdom from the EU and the end of the Juncker Commission. Here is an update on the upcoming big deadlines…

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  • CLIMATE PLAN, NATIONAL LOW CARBON STRATEGY, MULTIANNUAL ENERGY FRAMEWORK: HOW FRANCE WILL CATCH UP WITH THE DELAY IN ITS CLIMATE POLICY?

    On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Climate Plan on July 6th, French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot made a bleak observation: "this year was a sinister trailer of what we are going to experience on climate change". Indeed, after a long period of steady decline, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in France have been rising again in recent years. On July 19th, a joint steering committee of the SNBC (National Low Carbon Strategy) and the PPE (Multiannual Energy Framework) assessed the delays in meeting the climate objectives and suggested possible solutions.

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  • UFE’s Annual Conference: France who wins!

    This November 29th, UFE will organise its big annual conference. As last year, it will be under the High-Patronage of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. The day will be entirely dedicated to the theme of cooperation as a lever for value creation and accelerator of innovations. Regions, individual or industrial consumers; all these actors have taken part in a larger dynamic of broad information sharing, decompartmentalization of approaches and solutions, therefore contributing to implementing concretely a higher energy and environmental efficiency at a lower cost. Already today, and even more tomorrow, the world becomes more horizontal. Whatever sector of activity we represent, we are all concerned by these new expectations.
    Early bid tickets are available as of today!
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  • Protecting the biodiversity, it is in the DNA of the French electricity system!

    The last international reports from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) sent out alarm signals: biodiversity continues to decline across the world, under the pressure of human activity. It is thus the occasion to stress the role electricity can play for a sustainable energy approach and to look at progress that remains to be accomplished.

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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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