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UFE/Press review of 19/07/17

Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, unveils its Climate Plan
The French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition launched on July 6th its Climate Plan (“Plan Climat”) to accelerate the climate and energy transition. The Plan aims to go beyond the Paris Agreement objectives through six areas of actions: making the Paris Agreement irreversible, improving the French population’s daily life, shifting away from fossil fuels and becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 while making France a leader in the green economy, supporting the potential of ecosystems and agriculture, and intensifying the international mobilisation on climate topics. In the 23 axes developed in the roadmap, Nicolas Hulot mentioned the development of financial support for clean vehicles, the eradication of energy poverty in 10 years, the incitation to self-consumption, the ban of coal by 2022, the strengthening of the carbon price, the convergence between diesel and petrol tax system by the end of the 5-year mandate and the end of commercialisation of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Those announcements will be addressed through the revision of the pluriannual energy programming by the end of 2018 and the 2018 financial draft bill.
Source: Press release, Lancement Plan Climat du Ministère de la Transition, July 6th, 2017
France’s Supreme Administrative Court asks the French government to take necessary measures against air pollution
In its decision released on July 12th, the Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat) requires from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition to take all necessary measures to define and implement air quality roadmaps, especially for the areas where the measurements in 2015 were still exceeding the amount limit. 2015 was the last year where data were produced by the French administration, as requested by the Court. Those roadmaps should bring defined areas under the limit as soon as possible, especially regarding the concentration of nitrogen dioxide and atmospheric particles PM10. Relevant authorities have until March 31st, 2018 to implement those measures and submit them to the European Commission.

Source: Press release Conseil d’Etat, July 12th, 2017
Three think-tanks ask for a Franco-German alliance for the European energy transition
On the eve of the 19th Franco-German ministry council, the German think-tanks Agora Energiewende and Agora Verkehrswende, together with the French Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), published a study in favour of a common approach for the energy transition in France and Germany. The three think-tanks ask the two countries to support an ambitious reform of the ETS system as well as to reflect on the implementation of a minimum carbon price at the regional level. They also call for a common vision regarding the development of renewable energy and integrated national plans for energy and climate, in the transport and on the means to finance the energy transition. The study underlines that “this alliance could be integrated in a more global initiative of reconstruction of the European integration project”.
Source: Agora Energiewende, IDDRI and Agora Verkehrswende, July 12th, 2017
Pöyri proposes a Policy Coherence Mechanism for the ETS
In a report presented to the European Parliament on June 20th, the consulting company Pöyri proposed a mechanism that improve the coherence between energy policies and the European ETS system. Commissioned by Fortum, Statkraft and Vattenfall, this report reminds that some renewable energy and energy efficiency policies can have a negative impact on the ETS, by contributing to maintaining a quotas surplus on the carbon market. Thus, Pöyri calls on policymakers to implement a mechanism that analyses ex-ante and ex-post the impact of each new project to renew policy on quotas volume, and to remove the quotas that are duplicated.

Source: Pöyri, July 20th, 2017
The ITRE Committee exchanged views on the draft reports on the electricity market design directive and regulation
The MEPs from the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) had an exchange of views on July 11th on two draft texts on the directive and regulation related to the electricity market design. If MEPs welcomed the draft reports overall, some were critical of several proposals made by the rapporteur K. Karins (EPP, LV) such as the creation of regional coordination centres that could make recommendations to national TSOs, the end the injection priority for renewable energy and the compensation to aggregators. Moreover, the shadow rapporteurs of the different political groups, except MEP Krasnodebski (ECR, PL), expressed their support to the idea of limiting the implementation of capacity mechanism as a last resort. The deadline for submitting amendments on both texts has been postponed to September 15th. The final vote in ITRE commission was also postponed to December 11th.
Source: European Parliament, July 11th, 2017
Fransesco Starace, elected to Eurelectric presidency
During the annual Eurelectric conference organised in Estoril on June 19th and 20th, ENEL CEO, Fransesco Starace has been elected to the presidency of the European electricity sector association. He will replace Antonio Mexia, who led the association from 2015 to 2017. In its inauguration speech, he explained that his “main objective was to work with the key industry stakeholders to ensure competitivity and environmental commitment in the electricity sector”.
Source: Press release, Eurelectric, June, 19th, 2017

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