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UFE/Press review of 23/03/18

Plurennial energy programming (PPE): the public debate is open!
The public consultation on France’s energy trajectory for 2019-2023 and 2024-2028 opened on March 19th and will be held until June 30th. The National Commission for public debate has planned several informative workshops (electricity consumption, nuclear energy, renewable energy…) and of controversy (oil and gas consumption…), as well as hearings of experts, which will be filmed and put online so that anyone can watch them, ask questions and express views online. Moreover, 400 French people already drawn, will be called by the end of June to give their opinions on “issues that emerged as salient during the debate” said the National Commission for public debate.
“I would like the PPE to be a debate not confiscated by experts, that the French people take ownership and co-build”, explained N. Hulot, the Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition on France Inter, March 13th.
Source: Les Echos, March 19th, 2018
Lille’s metropolis launches its smart grids experimentation “So Mel So Connected”
On March 20th, Phillipe Monloubou (CEO of Enedis), Damien Castelain (President of the European Metropolis of Lille - MEL) and Arnaud Leroy (President of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency - ADEME) officially launched the experimentation of smart electricity grids with the project "So Mel So Connected ". The evolution of energy distribution networks through the smart use of infrastructure will enable Lille metropolis to save energy, develop self-consumption and electro-mobility. "This is how we will be more reactive, more economical, less polluting ... and that we can - locally - adapt consumption to production and vice versa!” commented Damien Castelain. This project, led by the European Metropolis of Lille with the technical expertise of Enedis, is financed by Ademe and the participation of EDF, Intent Technologies, Dalkia, Yncréa Hauts-de-France and Lille Economic Management.
Source: Press release, ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), March 20th, 2018
Emmanuel Macron supports a 40% target of the European budget dedicated to climate investments
On the occasion of the high-level conference on sustainable finance organized by the European Commission in Brussels on March 22nd, President Macron deemed “achievable” to increase the proportion of the European budget dedicated to climate investments to 40%. The French President also called for the implementation of new own resources for the EU, especially by creating a carbon tax at boarders. President Macron reiterated France’s commitment to implement a European carbon price floor. Moreover, President Macron welcomed the Action Plan on sustainable finance, calling for making investments coherent with European climate goals. He also wants to continue to regulate financial players, in order to build a pro-climate finance sector that contributes moving towards a sustainable model.
Source: Contexte, March 23rd, 2018
World carbon emissions reach record level in 2017
31.5 gigatonnes: it is the sad record for global CO2 emissions in 2017. This historic level is explained by the strong global economic growth that boosted energy demand by 2.7%. This demand has mainly been satisfied by fossil energies, as underlined by the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, “while most of the major economic registered increases, others – the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan – registered a decline of their emissions. The strongest emissions decline came from the United States, driven by the increased deployment of renewable energies. On the other hand, there was a spectacular slowdown in the improvement rate of global energy efficiency, while many leaders put less emphasis on this sector” according to F. Birol, executive director of the IEA. “Energy intensity has improved by 1.7% in 2017 compared to 2.3% on average this past three years”.
Source: Actu-environnement, March 22nd, 2018
RATP and Enedis signed a partnership to transform two-third of bus depots to electricity
This 2-year partnership has for main objective to connect bus depots to electricity distribution grid, in order to recharge electric buses that will ultimately run on RATP lines in Paris. This collaboration will especially make it possible to define the modalities of optimal connection of bus depots considering their configurations, to work on the development of charging solutions (such as monitoring) or to share knowledge on electro-mobility. In total, two-thirds of bus depots (17) that will be adapted for overnight charging, outside of peak hours. Eventually, the electric power of each depot will increase to 10 MW.
Source: Enerpresse, March 16th, 2018
The German electricity sector continues its transformation with the agreement between RWE and E.ON
On March 11th, the two German competitors, RWE and E.ON unveiled “an agreement in principle” to refocus E.ON activities on “energy networks and customer solution” and those of RWE to “renewable energies and conventional electricity generation”. The subsidiary of RWE, Innogy, is at the core of this exchange of activities: E.ON should recover 76% of Innogy’s capital, whose activities will be redistributed between the two companies. On its side, RWE takes over E.ON activities on renewable energies. This agreement will also need to be validated by competition authorities.
Source: Enerpresse, March 13th, 2018
Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks, Council of the EU, March 28th, Brussels
Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, April 10th, 12th and 16th, Brussels
Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, April 17th, 20th, 23rd and 25th, Brussels
Informal Meeting of Environment Council, April 10th and 11th, Sofia:
- Discussions on air quality and international climate negotiations.
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, April 12th, Brussels
Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN), April 12th, Brussels:
- Exchange of views on the report relative to the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the European Union
Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE), April 23rd and 24th, Brussels
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (IMCO), April 23rd and 24th, Brussels

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