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UFE/Press review of 20/10/17

INSTITUTIONAL AGENDA

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, November 6th, in Brussels
Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament, November 6th, Brussels:
- Meeting of shadow rapporteurs on the directive relative to the promotion of renewable energy (November 8th)
Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, October 25th, 26th and November 6th, in Brussels:
- Examination of the draft project relative to the Energy Union Governance (October 25th)
- Examination of the draft project relative to the Electricity Regulation (October 26th)
Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, October 30th and November 6th , 8th in Brussels
Trilogue Council/European Parliament/European Commission, November 8th, Brussels:
- Examination of the EU-ETS reform
Le Figaro du 18/10/2017
The Environment Council adopted its position on the climate effort sharing regulation
At the Environment Council of October 13th, member states adopted their general approach on the effort sharing regulation for the non-ETS sectors. This regulation aims at cutting greenhouse gas emissions in transport, agriculture, buildings and waste management sectors, which represent 60% of the total European emissions. Those sectors have the objective to reduce emissions of 30% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. Discussions unveiled major divergences between member states. In order to find an agreement with Eastern countries, Member States decided to create a safety reserve, containing a total of 115 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. This safety reserve will be made available to EU member states with a GDP lower than the EU average and that would not manage to reach their targets. A compromise proposal presented by Germany, that would calculate national contributions on the basis of 2020 objectives rather than 2017-2018, was supported by Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom but did not find further support among member states whose economies are highly dependent on transports and agriculture (Italy and Spain). Inter-institutional negotiations will begin soon, under the Estonian presidency.
Le Monde, October 16th
ITRE Committee adopts with a large majority the draft report on the directive for energy performance of buildings
On October 11th, the MEPs of the ITRE Committee adopted the draft report on the directive for energy performance of buildings (51 in favour, 1 against and 11 abstentions), giving a Danish rapporteur B. Bendsten (EPP) the mandate to start inter-institutional negotiations. The MEPs voted to strengthen the provisions about long term renovation strategies, in order to support “a highly energy-efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050”. Regarding electro-mobility, MEPs were less ambitious than the European Commission. While the Commission proposed to pre-install charging points in all new non-residential buildings and those ongoing major renovations, the ITRE Committee only voted for a simple obligation of pre-tubing, as indicating by the press release from the Electro-Mobility Platform, of which UFE is a member. This report will soon be voted in plenary session.
European Parliament, October 12th and Contexte, October 12th and 13th
MEPS EXCHANGED VIEWS ON AMENDMENTS TO THE MARKET DESIGN DIRECTIVE AND REGULATION
On October 12th, the MEPs of the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament exchanged their views on the 2800 amendments tabled on the draft reports related to the Market Design Directive and Regulation. On regional cooperation, the S&D group and the European Commission welcomed the proposal made by the rapporteur to rename Regional Operation Centers as “Regional Coordination Centers”. Claude Turmes (Greens) and Kaja Kallas (ALDE) have however called for more responsibility at the regional level. In addition, the MEPs called for capacity mechanisms to be used as last resort mechanisms. The introduction of an Environment Performance Standard within capacity mechanisms is still dividing the ITRE Committee. S&D Shadow Rapporteur Martina Werner, backed by several Polish MEPs, stressed the need to intensify the support to regions highly depending on coal.
Contexte, October 13th
RENAULT IS LAUNCHING “RENAULT ENERGY SERVICE” TO DEVELOP THE ELECTRIC MOBILITY ECOSYSTEM.
Leader of the electric vehicles in Europe, Renault has announced on October 9th the creation of “Renault Energy Services”, its new branch dedicated to the electric vehicles ecosystem. This branch should enable the group to participate to the development of the smart grids, a central element to electric mobility. The aim of it is to provide ancillary services to electric vehicles to accelerate the transition towards electric vehicles. The company wants to promote smart charging, the ‘vehicles to grid’ interaction and second life project for batteries (stationary storage).
Automobile proper, October 9th
THE THINK TANK IDDRI HAS PUBLISHED ITS RECOMMANDATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY
As a contribution to “Les Assises de la Mobilité” (a national conference and stakeholder consultation about the future of mobility launched by the French Minister for Transports), IDDRI has published on 19 October five recommendations for a sustainable mobility. The think tank’s first suggestion is to revise the current policies, notably on charging infrastructure financing, in order to remove barriers to the wide development of electric vehicle on the short and medium term, as well as to anticipate fiscal impacts on the long term. IDDRI also called for a sustainable development of automatization mobility, which is not the direction towards it is aiming right now. Finally, the think tank supports promoting car-sharing “in mobility public services”, to put the “solidary mobility” on the political agenda in order to fight mobility vulnerability, proposed revising the National Low-Carbon Strategy and the Energy Multiannual Framework by the end of 2018.

AEF, September 26th
TOTAL IS LAUNCHING A NEW OFFER OF GAS AND ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO HOUSEHOLDS IN FRANCE
On October 5th, TOTAL launched a new offer of natural gas and green electricity supply to households in France. The oil company offers tariffs 10% cheaper than regulated tariffs of the incumbent providers EDF and Engie and aims at becoming the biggest alternative supplier on the market. The market has been opened to competition for 10 years but incumbent providers are still largely dominating. With this entry on the market, Total is continuing its integration strategy in the supply chain of gas and electricity in Europe. It already entered this sector in France and Belgium when it acquired Lampiris one year ago.
La Tribune, October 7th

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