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UFE - Press review of 05/10/18

AKUO ENERGY INSTALLS THE FIRST FLOATING SOLAR FARM
Called O'Mega1, the first photovoltaic farm built by Bouygues Energies & Services will cover the Piolenc Lake in Vaucluse with 47,000 solar panels (17 hectares) with a capacity of 17 MWh, which will produce the equivalent of the consumption of 4,700 households. Eric Scotto, director of Akuo Energy, says that "Piolenc will be the first positive energy city in France, and the construction of the farm in the middle of the lake will have no impact neither on the banks nor on biodiversity". The complex will be in service as of March 2019.
Source: Les Echos, September 25th 2018
THE FRENCH AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR ANNOUNCES NET JOBS CREATION WITH THE SHIFT TO ELECTROMOBILITY
Luc Chatel, President of the French automotive sector association (PFA) is coordinating with automakers, equipment manufacturers and the French government, the strategies setting the future of the French automotive industry. One of them focused on the development of electric vehicles and has become the PFA's main argument to defend the climate cause. "We have set an ambitious but realistic objective for the development of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles," said Luc Chatel. "To succeed in the ecological transition, we must first succeed in this industrial transition "that is expecting to lead to net jobs creation". The industry forecasts a recruitment need for its 4,000 companies of around 25,000 people per year between 2018 and 2022 at all levels, engineers (8,000), technicians (6,000) and workers (9,000). »
Source: Le Journal de l'automobile, October 1st, 2018
VATTENFALL ALSO ENTERS IN THE FRENCH B TO C SUPPLIERS MARKET
Present on the French B to B market since 2000, Vattenfall, owned by the Swedish government and the 6th largest electricity producer in Europe, announced its arrival on the French electricity and gas market for consumers on October, 1st. According to its CEO Magnus Hall, it aims to "reach a few hundred thousand to one million customers" within 5 years. It will provide a 100% carbon-free offer and intends to take full advantage of the "competitiveness of the French nuclear power", explains Henri Reboullet, French Director of Vattenfall Energies SA. Also very active in hydroelectricity on its domestic market, the Swedish group acknowledges that it is "interested" in the probable opening to competition of French hydroelectric concessions "but not without economic validation". Finally, Vattenfall will also launch the sales of charging stations for electric vehicles and a self-consumption offer for small businesses and individuals.
Source: La Tribune, October 2nd 2018
WINTER SECURITY OF SUPPLY AT THE HEART OF THE DEBATES IN BELGIUM
Following Electrabel's announcement of a programme to temporarily shut down its nuclear units, the Belgian Minister for Energy, Marie-Christine Marghem, has initiated discussions with the group, an ENGIE’s subsidiary, and its European partners to ensure security of electricity supply in Belgium this winter. On September 26th, the Minister announced that she found an additional 750 MW capacity with Electrabel. She also said that Germany and the Netherlands already responded to her request for solidarity in the event of a risk of blackout for some Belgian municipalities. These discussions are taking place while the Belgian TSO Elia is working on setting up a capacity market to cope with the announced definitive closure of Belgian nuclear power plants, scheduled for 2025.
Source: Enerpress, September 27th, 2018
THE EUROPEAN CLIMATE FOUNDATION HIGHLIGHTS THE FEASIBILITY OF "NET-ZERO" EMISSION SCENARIOS FOR 2050
In a study published on September 27th, the European Climate Foundation highlights three scenarios: the first focuses on the Climate Effort Sharing, the second on technologies and the third on demand, all achieving the "net-zero" emissions target by 2050. The main conclusion is that achieving a "net-zero" objective is feasible by 2050 but requires coordinated action and involvement of all sectors while broadening the scope of low-carbon options to accelerate the transition. The study also shows that this ambition requires raising the 2030 European climate objectives from the current 40% to 55% or 60% of emission reduction, with the closure of coal-fired power plants and a 50% electricity mix from wind and solar energy. Finally, the "net-zero" ambition would be less expensive than continuing our usual activities, while contributing to a more prosperous and resilient society. This study contributes to the European Commission's reflection on the EU's long-term strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, the results of which are expected by the end of November 2018, ahead of COP24 in Katowice, Poland, which will take place from 3 to 14 December.
Source: European Climate Foundation, September 27th, 2018
MEPS CALL FOR 40% REDUCTION IN CO2 EMISSIONS FROM CARS IN 2030
MEPs adopted on 3 October (389 in favour, 239 against and 41 abstentions) the report by Miriam Dalli (S&D, MT) on CO2 emission standards for new cars and new light duty vehicles. The rapporteur had to reduce the objectives she defended in the ENVI committee to obtain a majority in plenary: Parliament will therefore advocate for a CO2 reduction target of 20% in 2025 and 40% in 2030, compared to 45% in the ENVI Committee's text, with a zero and low emission vehicle sales quota of 20% in 2025 and 35% in 2030. MEPs also voted to introduce a malus system for manufacturers who do not meet these objectives, thus complementing the bonus system proposed by the European Commission. The Austrian Presidency hopes to reach an agreement with the Member States at the Environment Council on October, 9th in order to be able to start the trialogues before the end of its mandate.
Source: European Parliament, October 3rd, 2018
Actualité Européenne
AGENDA INSTITUTIONNEL
Commission de l’environnement, de la santé publique et de la sécurité alimentaire, les 10 et 11 octobre à Bruxelles
- Examen du projet d’avis sur le Fonds social européen plus (FSE + )
- Vote sur le projet de rapport sur les polluants organiques persistants
- Vote sur la directive Véhicules Propres
- Vote sur la proposition de résolution sur la COP 24
- Considération des amendements sur la finance durable
- Vote sur le projet d’Avis sur Horizon Europe
- Examen du projet de rapport sur LIFE

Commission de l’industrie, de la recherche et de l’énergie, les 8 et 9 octobre, à Bruxelles
- Audition publique sur Horizon Europe
- Examen du projet de rapport sur Horizon Europe
- Examen des amendements sur Digital Europe
- Examen du projet de rapport sur la directive PSI
- Compte-rendu des trilogues sur le règlement et la directive électricité
- Compte-rendu des trilogues sur le règlement cybersécurité
- Examen des amendements sur le MIE

Commission du marché intérieur et de la protection des consommateurs, les 10 et 11 octobre à Bruxelles
- Examen des amendements sur les recours collectifs
- Examen des amendements sur la directive REFIT dans le cadre du paquet « Une nouvelle donne pour les consommateurs »
- Examen des amendements sur Digital Europe
- Vote sur le rapport pour avis sur les véhicules autonomes
- Vote sur le rapport pour avis sur la directive PSI

Groupe de travail Energie du Conseil de l’UE, les 8 et 11 octobre à Bruxelles
- Règlement Électricité : examen des articles 19 à 22 et de l’annexe III
- Directive Électricité : examen de l’article 3

Conseil des ministres de l’environnement, le 9 octobre, à Bruxelles
- Discussions sur le règlement sur les Standards de CO2 pour les voitures
- Adoption de conclusions en vue de la COP 24

Groupe de travail Télécommunications et société de l’information du Conseil, le 9 octobre, à Bruxelles
- Examen du projet Digital Europe : article 9 à 15, 17 à 32 et annexes 2 et 3

Groupe de travail Protection et l’Information des consommateurs, le 10 octobre à Bruxelles
- Poursuite de l’examen de la directive sur les recours collectifs à partir de l’article 11

Groupe de travail transport – questions intermodales et réseaux, le 10 octobre à Bruxelles
- Examen de la directive Véhicules Propres

Groupe de travail Environnement, le 11 octobre à Bruxelles
- Examen des amendements du Parlement sur les polluants organiques persistants
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