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UFE/Press review of 02/06/17

President Trump announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement
During a press conference held on June 1st in Washington D.C., President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, and to put an end to the implementation of the national contribution foreseen by the text. According to the agreement, the withdrawal procedure can be triggered 3 years after the enforcement of the treaty, that is to say from April 4th 2019 onwards. The actual withdrawal would be legally effective 1 year after triggering the procedure. The European Commissioner for climate action M. Arias Cañete pointed out on Twitter that this announcement “has galvanised us rather than weakened us”. Close to 20 ministers and national representatives from countries participating in the “High Ambition Coalition”, including the French, German and Dutch ministers, signed on June 1st a joint statement to express their disappointment following President Trump’s decision and their commitment to keep strengthening their economy towards more sustainability and competitiveness.
Contexte and Politico, June 2nd 2017
The European Commission released a new legislative package on transport
The European Commission published on May 31st its “Europe on the Move” new legislative package on transport that aims at promoting clean, competitive, and connected mobility. The publication consists of 8 legislative proposals mainly addressing road transport issues. The European Commission notably foresees to extend the scope of the charges on heavy duty vehicles for the use of road infrastructures to all duty vehicles and to set this charge depending on vehicle emissions level. The package also addresses social issues so as to ensure good working conditions through on-board digital devices (tachograph), clarify the regulatory framework for posted workers in road transport, and support a change in skills in the sector. In order to complete this set of legislative proposals, the European Commission will put forward post-2020 emissions standards for cars and vans by the end of the year and for heavy-duty vehicles by spring 2018.
European Commission, May 31st 2017
The rapporteur Bendtsen presented its report on the energy performance of buildings Directive in ITRE Committee
On May 29th, the rapporteur for the directive on the energy performance of buildings, Bendt Bendtsen (EPP, DK) presented its draft report during the ITRE Committee meeting. In his report, Bendtsen notably proposes additional provisions to be included in the long-term renovation strategy. Regarding the roll-out of recharging infrastructures for electric vehicles, he advocates for pre-tubing instead of pre-cabling, a measure he considers more proportionate. The members of the ITRE Committee can submit amendments on this draft report until June 8th.
Contexte, May 30th 2017
Discussions on the ETS reform delayed
The second trilogue session on the reform of the ETS market, which was initially planned on May 30th was postponed until June 27th because the rapporteur Ian Duncan (UK, ECR), currently running for the British general election, could not attend the meeting. The negotiations will therefore be carried out under the Estonian presidency, which already set up a 3rd trilogue session on July 10th. Unable to attend several technical meetings already, MEP Ian Duncan handed over his role of rapporteur, and will be replaced by Julie Girling (UK, ECR).
European Parliament, June 1st 2017
ENGIE Ineo purchased Icomera, the “first Wi-Fi provider in public transport”
With about 150 employees, the Swedish company Icomera proposes on-board communication solutions for public transport in more than 40 countries. The acquisition underlines Engie’s objective to extend its scope of competencies so as to provide solutions for the energy transition in urban areas, and particularly for public mobility. “For several years we have been strongly focusing our transport solutions on digitalization and on-board solution,” Yann Roland (ENGIE Ineo, CEO) outlined.
AFP, May 30th 2017
Lowering the energy bill is a priority for 86% of the owners
A Gfk survey conducted for Cofidis Retail shows that two third of the French owners consider the energy bill too high, 69% of whom confess paying more than 1000€/year for energy, while 88% monitor their energy consumption closely. The main reasons to undertake renovation that reduce energy consumption are financial (66%) and comfort-related (63%). However, the pricing for such works is a disincentive for a third of the owners.
Enerpresse June 6th 2017
The draft report for the directive on the promotion of renewable energy calls for higher objectives
Released on May 18th, the ITRE draft report on the directive on the promotion of renewable energy sets higher objective for the share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption (35%). The rapporteur for this text José Blanco Lopez (ES, S&D) already called for an increase of the European Commission’s 27% target as he considered this proposal not ambitious enough. The report also puts forwards binding national targets; the French objective would amount to 38% which is 6% higher than the national objective set in the French energy transition for green growth Law.
Contexte, May 24th 2017

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