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UFE/Press review of 06/04/18

The fight against climate change now in the French Constitution
During a speech in Matignon, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the “constitutional bill will include the imperative to fight against climate change in article 34, which defines the area of the law. The Parliament will play its part in this major challenge of our century”.
Source: Prime Minister speech, April 4th, 2018
EDF launched a €8 billion Electricity Storage Plan
Following its Plan on solar energy, EDF launched on March 27th its Electricity Storage Plan, with the objective to become the leader in Europe by 2035 with 10GW of new installed storage capacities, in addition to 5GW already operated by the group. Between today and 2035, a variety of projects will be launch, for a total of €8 billion investment: 6GW in pumped-storage hydroelectricity to support the electricity network and 4GW in batteries for households and companies to accompany the development of self-consumption
Source: Les Echos, March 27th, 2018
Villani report: AI can “bring to us consume as much or more than before”
The French MP C. Villani (La République en Marche) presented on March 28th his report on artificial intelligence commissioned by the French Prime Minister in 2017, in order to “provide a roadmap on AI”. 420 hearings of experts were necessary to write this report, which analyses several issues and provide a list of recommendations. The four sectors “in which our industry can seriously consider to play a leading role on global level and compete with non-EU giants” are health, transport and mobility, ecology, and defence and security. According to the mathematician-MP, artificial intelligence will foster innovation in these sectors, especially major progress in ecology (energy optimisation, recycling and environment). However, according to the Shift Project’s contribution to the consultation, “the energy consumption of the digital sector increases by 8.5% per year whilst its share in the global electricity consumption (growing by 2% per year) could reach 20% (moderate scenario) or 50% (pessimistic scenario) in 2030, and thus be multiplied by 10 in 20 years”. Thus, while “bringing energy gains” and new ways of consuming, “AI can lead to many rebound effects”, that is to say “to lead us to consume as much or more than before”.
Source: Cédric Villani’s report, March 28th, 2018
German MEP A. Niebler published her draft report on ENISA regulation
On March 27th, German MEP A. Niebler (PPE) published her draft report on ENISA regulation, aimed at strengthening the European strategy on cybersecurity through the establishment of a permanent mandate for ENISA agency and the implementation of a voluntary European certification scheme. A. Niebler wants especially to maintain the role and competence of national authorities, by creating a group bringing them together within ENISA in order to give opinion on the European schemes proposals. Moreover, the rapporteur proposes to involve the industry more in the elaboration of the future certification schemes and give them the possibility to self-certify their certificates for basic security levels. The vote on the draft report is planned in the ITRE Committee on June 19th.
Source: Contexte, April 6th, 2018
China, first global investor in renewable energy
In a report released on March 5th, UN Environment provided a global overview of renewable energy investments, including an 18% increase of investments in wind sector in 2017. As such, China is well ahead the rest of the world global investors in renewable energy (RES), with $126.6 billion in 2017, representing 45% of the total investments in RES. The solar sector registered the largest growth margin in China, with 53GW of new installed capacities. In contrast, Europe faced a sharp decline in renewables investments in 2017 (-36%), due in particular to strong reductions of support mechanism in the UK and to uncertainties regarding offshore wind tenders in Germany.
Source: AEF and ONU Environment, April 5th, 2018
The European Council asks the European Commission to present a Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions
On the occasion of the informal European Council, held in Brussels on March 22nd and 23rd, European leaders invited the European Commission to present a strategy on reducing emissions by 2050. This request was made in the framework of the Paris Agreement that requires from all signatories to provide a long-term greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy to meet the carbon neutrality principle. In October 2014, the EU committed to reduce its emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050. The European Commission will have to take into account the integrated national plans of each Member States, an obligation introduced in the Energy Union Governance, currently discussed in trilogues. The publication of this strategy is expected for the first quarter of 2019 but could occur by the end of 2018 according to the management plan of the European Commission.
Source: AEF, March 26th, 2018
Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, April 12th and 16th, Brussels:
- Directive on energy efficiency : examination and preparation of the third trilogue (12/04) ;
- Regulation on governance of the Energy Union : examination and preparation of the second trilogue (12/04) ;
Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, April 17th, 20th, 23rd and 25th, Brussels

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, April 12th, Brussels

Informal TTE Council, April 19th and 20th, Sofia:
- Discussion Session I: spEEdy RESults for Europe’s decarbonization
- Discussion Session II: Integrative Governance for a Sustainable Energy Union
- Discussion Session III: Together for a Strong and Fair ACER
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 ;
- Gear 2030 - presentation by the Commission.
European Parliament, Plenary session, April 16th to 19th, Strasbourg:
- Joint debate on Greenhouse gas emissions (16/04) ;
- Debate with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron on the future of Europe (17/04)
- Vote on the trilogue agreement on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (17/04)
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
- Exchange of views with Vera Jourova, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality - as part of the structured dialogue (23/04) ;
- Consideration of draft opinion on the Deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the European Union (24/04) ;
- Consideration of amendments on the free-flow of non-personal data in the EU regulation (24/04) ;
- Exchange of views with Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner Responsible for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs - as part of the structured dialogue (24/04) ;
Trilogue Council of the EU / European Parliament / European Commission, April 26th, Brussels:
- 2nd trilogue on the Energy Union Governance regulation

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