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UFE/Press review of 18/05/18

Renewable electricity accounted for 23% of the consumption in the first quarter in France
That is 5 points more than in the 2017 first quarter according to the quarterly report “Renewable Electricity Panorama” from the electricity system operators RTE and ENEDIS, the renewable energy federation (SER) and the French DSO association Adeef. In the first half of 2018, 457 MW of new installations were connected, including 254 MW of solar, 188 MW of wind, 12 MW of bio-energies and 3 MW of hydropower. The total capacity of renewables installations amounts to 49.1 GW, i.e. 95% of the 2018 target of the Multiannual Energy Programming (PPE).
Source: AEF, May 16th, 2018
IMCO committee adopted its opinion report on ENISA
On May 17th, MEPs from the IMCO committee adopted with a large majority (31 votes in favour, 2 against and 1 abstention), the opinion report from the Italian rapporteur N. Danti (S&D) on ENISA regulation, introducing in particular a European cybersecurity certification scheme. MEPs thus supported the European Commission’s proposal to reinforce ENISA’s mandate. In addition, the IMCO committee wants to introduce “security by design” principle in the European certifications just like data encryption. The ITRE committee, as lead committee, will vote on A. Niebler’s draft report in June.
Source: Contexte, May 18th, 2018
The European Commission presented its 3rd mobility package
On May 17th, the European Commission unveiled its 3rd package on the mobility of the future, including several legislative proposals and communications to complete the two first packages aiming at the promotion of clean mobility. Thus, the European Commission presented the first ever directive on CO2 emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles : in 2025, average CO2 emissions from new trucks will have to be 15% lower compared to 2019 level and in 2030, the reduction target is of at least 30%. Moreover, in the framework of the EU Battery Alliance, a Strategic Action Plan for Batteries was unveiled, aiming to contribute to the creation of a sustainable and competitive batteries’ ecosystem. A dedicated communication on Connected and Automated Mobility together with an implementing act on a common methodology for fuel price comparison, are also part of this 3rd package. The 1st and 2nd packages are currently under negotiations in the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
Source: DG MOVE, May 17th, 2018 and Contexte, May 18th, 2018
CO2 emissions increase by 1.8% in the UE compared to 2016
The EU statistical office, Eurostat, published on May 4th its first estimations of CO2 emissions in the EU for 2017, showing a 1.8% increase compared to 2016. According to those estimations, CO2 emissions increased in most EU countries, in particular in Malta (+12.8%), Estonia (+11.3%) and in the Iberian Peninsula (+7.4% in Spain and +7.3% in Portugal). France recorded an increase estimated at 3.2% compared to 2016. In parallel, 7 Member States saw their CO2emissions decrease, like Finland (-5.9%), Denmark (+5, 8%) and the United Kingdom (-3.2%).
Source: Eurostat, May 4th, 2018
The Paris agreement implementation manual at the core of the technical discussions on climate in Bonn
From April 30th to May 10th, delegates from the signatory states to the Paris agreement met in Bonn for an interim negotiation session in preparation of the COP24 that will be held in Katowice, in Poland from December 3rd to 14th. The discussions focused on two main topics: the acceleration of the countries’ climate actions and the drafting of a “rules” manual of the Paris agreement in order to concretize its implementation. This manual will focus on defining the content of the future national contributions. A new interim session of negotiations could be held in September 2018 in Bangkok in order to continue these technical discussions.
Source: Journal de l’Environnement, May 2nd, 2018 and AEF, May 8th, 2018
The French government consults on the environmental future of Europe
In the framework of the Citizens’ Consultations organised in all 27 EU member states on the topic “How is your Europe?”, the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition is organizing debates and consultations in order to “reflect and debate on the protection of the environment and on the citizens’ expectations in term of ecological and inclusive transition” at the EU level. The next debate on June 28th in Paris will focus on the “creation of an Innovation European Fund for Smart City”. These Citizens’ Consultations will end in October and will be the subject of a final report in November.
Source: AEF, May 11th, 2018
Actualité Européenne
Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks Working Party, Council of the EU, May 24th, Brussels
- Examination of the Clean Vehicles Directive
Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, May 24th, 31th and June 1st and 5th, Brussels
Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, May 28th and June 5th and 15th, Brussels
Consumer Protection and Information Working Party, Council of the EU, June 19th and 27th, Brussels
Land Transport Working Party, Council of the EU, June 12th and 19th, Brussels
European Parliament, Plenary Session, May 28th to 31st, Strasbourg

- Débat sur le 3ème paquet mobilité (28/05) ;
- Débat sur le projet de rapport d’initiative sur la finance durable (28/05)
- Vote sur le projet de rapport d’initiative sur la finance durable (29/05)
Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN), May 24th, Brussels:
- Vote on Eurovignettes Directive
- Consideration of draft opinion on the promotion of clean and energy efficient vehicles
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (IMCO), June 4th, Brussels
- Vote on the draft report on the free-flow of non-personal data in the European Union
- Vote on the draft opinion on the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the European Union
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, June 7th, Brussels
Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE), June 18th and 19th, Brussels

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