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Press review of 01/08/2016 to 29/08/2016

The Commission released its EU Reference Scenario 2016 on GHG emissions
The European Commission published on August 19th its 2016 Reference Scenario presenting projections in energy, transport and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trends by 2050. According to this scenario, total GHG emissions should decrease by 48% in 2050 below the 1990 levels, well below the current 80% target. The Commission nonetheless foresees a significant increase of renewable energies in the energy mix, from 21% in 2020 to 31% in 2050.
European Commission, 17/08/2016
Electricity consumption in Europe increased by 1.4% in 2015
The European Association of Transmission System Operators ENTSO-E published a “Synthetic overview of electric consumption, generation and exchanges in the ENTSO-E area” in which it underlined that electricity consumption increased by 1.4% in 2015 reaching 3,278 TWh. In the meantime, renewable electricity increased by 17.3%, mostly thanks to solar and wind.
Contexte, 22/08/2016
The pace of renewable energies considered insufficient in light of France’s 2020 objectives
According to the last report published by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Seas « Renewable Energies in France in 2015 », France reached in 2015 about 63% of its 2020 objectives, with 65% of its renewable electricity target, 58% for the renewable thermal energy and 82% for biofuels. The remaining efforts to make for reaching the objectives set for this decade are substantial: accord to the National Action Plan for renewable energies, more than 13 Mtep of additional annual renewable energy consumption will be necessary by 2020, knowing that such consumption only increased by 7.3 Mtep in the last ten years. The main challenges relate specifically to wind and thermal recovery of solid biomass, especially in heating networks, collective boilers as well as tertiary and industrial sectors.
CGDD « Les énergies renouvelables en France en 2015 », 01/08/2016
Jean-Bernard Lévy shared his view on the great challenges to come
In an interview published by Les Echos on August 26th, the CEO of EDF shared his vision of the major global challenges to come in the next ten years: unequal access to energy – including electricity access in several continents like Africa, the fight against climate change coupled with the necessity to reduce CO2 emissions notably thanks to an efficient carbon tax, and the decentralization of electricity production with the increasing role of RES whilst the digital revolution is bringing, across the different sectors, significant quasi-immediate worldwide opportunities. According to Jean-Bernard Lévy, RES and nuclear energy are complementary, with the latter contributing to ensure security of supply in a diversified generation mix.
Les Echos, 26/08/2016

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