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UFE/Press review of 21/11/16

What are the new jobs created by “smart” cities?
The development of smart cities, whose very concept lies in the idea of optimizing all the resources of a territory by combining economic growth and citizens’ participation, has created new types of job. In addition to “smart cities” project leader positions, which focus more on the operational side of this new concept, two new jobs emerged: on the one hand, energy data management positions such as data chief officers, and on the other hand building information modeling coordinator positions responsible for integrating new technologies in the design of smart buildings. The emergence of these new positions came together with the development of new training and educational programmes focusing inter alia on advising and supporting users in these urban changes.
Technicité, November 1st, 2016
Leakage of the draft proposals of the Winter Package
The draft legislative documents of the Winter Package, as published by Contexte, present the European Commission’s proposals on the new energy market design, renewable energy and the governance of the Energy Union. Although these texts might be slightly different when officially published by the end of this month, they give an overview of the Commission’s intentions. Amongst the key proposals, the Commission intends to put an end to priority dispatch for generating renewable energy installations with an installed capacity of more than 500KW (and 250KW in 2026). It also sets a European target of at least 27% for the share of renewable energy consumed in the EU in 2030. 2020 national targets will constitute a baseline for the Member States’ share of RES for 2021-2030: the countries that will have a share of renewables under the level set in the 2020 targets could financially contribute to a fund managed by the Commission that would launch competitive bidding procedures for RES projects.
Contexte, November 15th, 2016
COP22 Parties agree to finalise the Paris Agreement rulebook by 2018
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22 concluded on November 19th with the adoption of two decisions respectively of the Agreement’s governing body CMA and COP22. In these decisions, the parties agreed to set 2018 as the deadline to finalize the rulebook of the Agreement, under the Polish presidency of COP24. Following tense negotiations, the parties concluded that the Adaptation Fund “should serve the Paris Agreement”. The provisions relating to the governance, institutional arrangements and functioning of the Fund will be finalized during COP24.
AEF, November 19th, 2016
The European Commission approves the revised French capacity mechanism
The European Commission approved on November 8th the revised French capacity mechanism. The revised project now complies with European state aid guidelines and is, according to European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager both “cost-effective and competitive”. Several changes have been made to the original project, including facilitating the entry of new market players, opening the capacity mechanism to foreign capacities and introducing measures that prevent market manipulation. The Commission highlighted that these changes will make the French capacity mechanism “contributing to building an Energy Union in Europe”.
European Commission, November 8th, 2016

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