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UFE/Press review of 22/01/2018 to 26/01/2018

Sebastien Lecornu about wind energy: "we must speed up fund-raising projects and improve their acceptability"
Following three months of consultations with stakeholders, local elected officials and the administration, the Secretary of State to Minister Nicolas Hulot unveilled in an interview with Les Echos published on January 18th the measures chosen to "free the wind energy" and improve its local acceptability. First, the average length of procedures will be shortened by "two to three years" thanks to the abolition of one level of jurisdiction for the handling of litigation (administrative court of first instance). In order to avoid local hostilities, two additional measures were presented: better distributing of flat-rate taxation for network companies (Ifer) between the department and municipalities, and giving priority to projects resulting from local crowdfunding through a bonus system in calls for tenders.
Source: Les Echos, January 18th
CO2 emissions increased in France in 2016
The Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition assessed that France exceeded its greenhouse gas emission ceiling in 2016: 463 million tonnes were emitted, which is 3.6% above the initial target. This discrepancy is due to cyclical factors (including low oil prices and the temporary unavailability of nuclear power plants). However, the transport, agriculture and construction sectors are not on track to reduce their emissions. For the industrial and waste sectors, emissions are below the target.
Source: Usine Nouvelle, January 23rd
Patrick Pouyannén, CEO of TOTAL: "Tomorrow' s demand will be electric"
The French oil giant launched three months ago ‘Spring’ its gas and electricity supplier. Total could reach its target of 2 million customers for electricity and 1 million for gas by 2021. "We have 400,000 customers, soon to reach 500,000, and we welcome nearly 2,000 of them every day" said Marc Bensadoun, director of Total Spring France. In 2011, Total acquired SunPower, the American solar panel manufacturer, and recently acquired a share in the French company Eren Renewable Energy. According to Nicolas Appert, consultant at Ifri's energy centre, this diversification of activity is in line with the Group's strategy of greening its image, which "was damaged by the Erika and AZF disasters. He wants to "green it up" to buy good behaviour from funds active in environmental issues. But this remains marginal in their turnover”. According to Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of Total, who says he wants to "go from pump to plug", "tomorrow's demand will be electric".

Source: Les Echos, January 18th
France and the UK want to step up their cooperation on nuclear issues
During the French-English Summit on January 18th, the British Prime Minister T. May and the French President, E. Macron, signed several declarations of intention in order to reinforce cooperation on radioactive waste management. The two countries are also willing to encourage “new build projects and new cooperation projects to develop innovative technologies in all aspects of the nuclear cycle”. Lastly, in anticipation of the Brexit and the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Euratom Treaty, both countries renewed their commitment to cooperate on nuclear safety matters.

Source: Press release, French-English Summit 2018, January 18th, 2018
The European Climate Foundation published a report on the electric vehicle and the French energy transition
A study of the European Climate Foundation, published in December 2017 on electro-mobility in France, was presented at the European Parliament on January 25th, in the framework of the discussions on the Mobility Package. In coordination with several French stakeholders, such as RTE, ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), Renault, several environmental NGOs and AVERE, this study shows that the deployment of electric vehicles can be managed with respect to the environment and climate commitments. Thus, the environmental advantages of electric batteries could be improved by maximising the use of batteries and their storage functions, providing services to the electricity network. The European Parliament will debate on the several legislative proposals of the Mobility Package throughout the year.
Source: European Climate Foundation, December 6th, 2017
The agreement on the future German coalition sets a focus on 2030 climate-energy objectives
On January 12th, the conservative party CDU-CSU and the social-democrats of the SPD laid the foundation of an agreement in order to form a new government coalition in Germany. On the climate issues, the agreement acknowledged “the climate objectives set for 2020,2030 and 2050” even though Germany seems to miss on its 2020 objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%. According to the latest numbers of the Environment Ministry, Germany reduced its emissions by 27.9%, far from the stated objective. However, the coalition partners are willing to reduce this gap “as soon as possible”, with the implementation of an action plan by the end of 2018 and a strong mobilisation toward the 2030 objectives. Moreover, the agreement foresees an increase of the share of renewable energy in the energy mix from 38% today to 65% by 2030. Lastly, this agreement plans a set of measures to promote electro-mobility and fight against air pollution. This agreement was validated by the SPD on January 21st.
Source: AEF, January 12th, 2018

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, February 1st, Brussels:
- Exchange of views with M-A. CANETE, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy on the mobility package

Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE), February 21st and 22nd, Brussels :
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) of the European Parliament, February 21st and 23rd, Brussels

Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) of the European Parliament, February 1st, Brussels

Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, February 1st, 5th, 8th and 20th, Brussels

- Preparation of first trilogue on the Energy Union Governance Regulation (1/02)
- Preparation of first trilogue on the Energy Efficiency Directive (5/02)

Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, February 8th, 12th, 13th and 15th, Brussels
Eurostat du 25/01/2018

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