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UFE/Press review of 16/06/17

Engie signed a new partnership with Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse initiator
Isabelle Kocher, Engie’s chief executive officer announced on June 15th that she signed a partnership with the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions chaired by Solar Impulse. For the next 3 years, Engie will provide a 250 000€/year financial support. “My goal is to make clean technologies that can improve life-quality on Earth credible and to promote them at the political and institutional stage.”
Le Monde, June 15th 2017
Strengthened cooperation between Coreso and TSCNET
On June 12th, the regional coordination centers Coreso (France, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Italy) and TSCNET (Netherland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Croatia) signed a framework agreement so as to increase cooperation. The agreement foresees greater sharing of tools and procedures as well as the joint development of new working ones. By the end of 2017, the whole European grid will be covered by 6 regional coordination centers.
Enerpresse, June 16th 2017
The German government extends the scope of cross-border calls for tenders to onshore wind turbines
During its Council of Ministers held on June 14th, the German government amended its regulation on transnational renewable projects to normalise the opening to solar cross-border project and extend it to onshore wind turbine projects. In 2016, Germany authorised the implementation of a solar pilot project whose call for tenders was held in Denmark. German subsidies beyond its borders will be limited to 5% of the yearly-installed capacity in Germany (about 300MW). Moreover, reciprocity with other Member States will be necessary, and system operators will have to set an agreement so as to actually import the electricity in the German market.
Enerpresse, June 16th 2017
The European Parliament adopted its report on the Effort Sharing Regulation
On June 14th, the European Parliament voted with a great majority (578 MEPs in favour, 72 against and 8 abstentions) a draft report that sets national binding targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in non-ETS sectors. The European Union currently has a 30%30% emission reduction target by 2030. To secure the European People’s Party’s support, the rapporteur Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (Alde, NL) proposed compromise amendments to increase flexibility with emissions due to land-use and forestry (290Mt/year, instead of the 190Mt/year proposed by the European Commission). He also proposes changing the starting point for the linear trajectory, which will be the lower between the average emissions level from 2016 to 2018 and the average emissions level in 2020. Environment Ministers failed to find a compromise on this point last June 19th, which will probably be put on the agenda of the next Environment Council in October.
Contexte, June 15th 2017
President Macron announced a road map for climate policy
After the United-States’ announcement to withdraw from the Paris agreement, Emmanuel Macron promised new commitments in favour of climate, all of which will be presented by the end of the month as a climate policy roadmap. This will notably include banning permits delivery for fossil fuels research and provisions related to renovation of public buildings, a new trajectory for carbon pricing, closing the taxation gap between petrol and diesel as well as the investment plan for the energy transition. Beyond the roadmap, the Elysée created a website “Make our planet great again” so as to attract foreign researchers committed to fighting against climate change.
Enerpresse, June 6th 2017
The electric vehicles market on the rise
In a communication on electric vehicles published on June 7th, the International Energy Agency outlines that global sales level increased by 60% from 2015 to 2016, a new global record. Accounting for more than 40% of electric cars sold in the world, the Chinese market appears as the largest market, ahead of the United States and the European Union; the three regions accounts for about 90% of the world sales. The European countries where the electric car deployment is the swifter are Norway (29% market share), Netherland (6.4%) and Sweden (3.4%).
IEA, June 7th 2017

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