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Press review of 04/07/16

Minister Royal’s 2016 Environment Roadmap calls for fulfilling COP21 commitments
Following the Environment conference held on April 25th-26th on fighting climate change, French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal released on June 27th the governmental roadmap for the energy transition. The document sets three major priorities: fulfilling the climate commitments taken during the COP21, supporting stakeholders’ involvement in territories, and preserving natural environments. Building upon these priorities, the roadmap puts forward key concrete measures, calling inter alia for the energy data to be available so as to foster the development of new energy services, the introduction of a European carbon price corridor, and the reinforcement of territories’ involvement.
Press release of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Seas, June 30th, 2016
CP Ministère de de l'Environnement de l'Energie et de la Mer du 30/06/2016
North-American leaders adopt a 50% decarbonized power generation by 2050
Following the North America Leaders’ Summit held on June 29th, Canada, the United-States and Mexico announced their ambition to achieve 50% clean electricity generation by 2025. To reach this objective, the three countries committed to further supporting clean energy development, clean energy innovation and energy efficiency. To date, clean electricity generation accounts for 37% of the total power generation of the three countries together. In the United States, the presidential election and the Supreme Court decision on the legality of the Clean Power Plan is likely
to have an impact on the decarbonization of the US energy mix.
White House and Contexte, June 29th, 2016
Launch of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
The European Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors announced on June 22 in Brussels the launch of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the “largest global coalition of cities committed to fighting climate change” as noted by the European Commission in its press release. Building upon the commitments taken by about 7100 cities across 119 countries, this new Covenant will promote and support voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low-carbon economy.
European Commission, June 22nd, 2016
The United Kingdom voted on June 23rd to leave the European Union, by 51.9% in favor of the ‘Brexit’ against 49.1%. European leaders met during the European Council meeting on June 28th and the informal meeting of the 27 Heads of State or Government on June 29th in Brussels, discussing the political consequences of this referendum and calling the United Kingdom to notify the Council under article 50 of the TEU “as soon as possible”. The Members of the European Parliament also voiced such call in their resolution adopted on June 28th. In the energy sector, the Brexit could imply a renegotiation of the UK’s participation to the energy market and to the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Uncertainty is also very much present regarding the European 2030 energy and climate targets insomuch as keeping these targets with the current sharing rules would imply greater efforts from the 27 remaining Member States, as stressed by AEF.
AEF, June 24th, 2016

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