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UFE - Press review of 19/10/18

ADEME: only 5% of buildings renovations had an important energy impact
The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) published its report on the Energy Renovation of Individual Homes (TREMI) on October 17th, with 7 main conclusions. First, motivations behind the renovation works of single-family homes are improving comfort (for 8 out of 10 households), reducing the energy bill (for 1 out of 2 households) but also managing breakdowns and damages that generate most of the works under the TREMI scope. The report shows that only 15% of households that renovated their home were supported. From a technical point of view, households prefer buildings insulation (windows, roofs and roof insulation) rather than changing the heating system. However, only one the work on the “roofs” is efficient and this ratio falls to 1/6 regarding “windows / openings” and “walls”. Yet, 83% of households estimate that they improved the thermal comfort of their housing and 61% are seeing a reduction of their energy bill. In terms of the energy performance diagnosis (DPE, energy certificate), only 25% of renovations allowed to jump at least to one higher rate and 5% had an important energy impact (2 rates). These numbers confirm the magnitude of the task. Despite important investments, the improvements in term of energy and climate performances are not met: between 2014 and 2016, €36 300 million were allocated to single-family homes’ renovations without any change in the DPE.
Source: Ademe, “TREMI Report – 2017”, October 18th, 2018
Pluriannual Energy Programming / Low Carbon National Strategy: “we are far from a 100% electric scenario” tells UFE
The French government is discussing the last deals on the pluriannual energy programming (PPE): the final text is expected by the end of October and many topics are still under discussion, especially regarding the energy mix. In an interview to the newspaper La Croix, Damien Siess, Strategy Director at UFE, assured that “today, electricity represents 25% of the energy consumption. In a decarbonized society, its share would increase to 50%. We are far from a 100% electricity scenario”.
Source: La Croix, October 9th, 2018
First assessment of the EU Battery Alliance
At the occasion of the first anniversary of the EU Battery Alliance on October 15th, the European Commission highlighted the progress made to establish battery manufacturing in Europe over one year. The Action Plan is currently being broken down into several pilot projects, such as the construction of a demonstration line in Northvolt batteries’ factory in Sweden or the formation of a consortium with Saft, Umicore and Solvay to develop battery cells using the advanced Li-ion technology. Battery materials are also at the centre of the development of a battery circular economy. The EU Battery Alliance aims to create a competitive and sustainable value chain in Europe in order to anticipate the development of this important market for the energy transition.
Source: European Commission, October 15th, 2018
Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy Fund and the European Commission launched an investment fund for renewable energy
On October 17th, the European Commission and Bill Gates, founder of Breakthrough Energy, signed an agreement in order to launch a European fund dedicated to the support of R&D and commercialisation of innovative technologies in the renewable energy sector. Named “Breakthrough Energy Europe”, this €100 million public-private fund, co-financed by the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy, will aim, first of all, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote energy efficiency in several sectors, such as electricity, transport or agriculture. This pilot project, linking private and public funds, will be implemented in 2019.
Source: European Commission, October 17th, 2018
“#Accelérons”: the transpartisan collective of members of the French Assembly to defend the ecological and inclusive transition
Following the publication of the IPCC report, a group of members of the French Assembly, from 6 different political parties, decided to join forces around the ecological and inclusive transition by launching the group #Accelerate to “organise the transpartisan work at the French Assembly” on this topic. Among the first members are Matthieu Orphelin (LREM), Cédric Villani (LREM), Erwan Balanant (MoDem), Eric Diard (LR), Sophie Auconie (UDI-Agir), Guillaume Garot (PS), Jean-Paul Dufrègne (Communiste)… In a joint press release explaining their approach, they mention their will to unite analyses and votes “on key decisions and breakthroughs”, “including by filing identical amendments”. The group aims to become a force for bringing forward proposals, as soon as the discussions on the 2019 Finance Bill starts (mobility, biodiversity…).
Source: AFP, October 18th, 2018
Agreement reached on regional cooperation and aggregation in the trilogues on the electricity market design
Representatives of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament met on October 18th for the third trilogue on the electricity market design. The negotiators have likely reached an agreement on regional cooperation (article 32 to 44 of the Regulation): the name “regional cooperation centres” proposed by the Parliament would have been chosen, as would all the tasks of article 34. However, the capacity and safety calculations carried out by these centres (paragraphs a and b) would not be binding. The issue of capacity mechanisms (Articles 19 to 25) have been raised without finding a compromise and the issue of cross-border capacity (article 14) seems not to have been addressed at all. Concerning the directive, the co-legislators would have reached an agreement on aggregation (articles 13 and 17): the Council would have accepted that final consumers would not need the consent of the supplier before signing an aggregation contract and would have obtained from Parliament that the States could make consumers benefiting from an aggregation contract pay the cost of any imbalances they might cause in the system. However, national regulatory authorities could supervise the calculation of costs. An agreement on dynamic pricing contracts (art. 11) and comparison tools (art. 14) would also have been reached. Finally, regulated tariffs would have been simply mentioned. The next trilogue is scheduled for November 13th.
Source: Contexte, October 19th, 2018
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), October 25th and November 5th in Brussels
Report back on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations on CO2 standards (25/10);
Adoption of the draft report on FEDER and Cohesion funds (25/10);

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), November 5th in Brussels:
Vote on the draft opinion establishing the InvestEU Programme;
Vote on the draft opinion about autonomous driving in European Transport;
Vote on the draft opinion on the blockchain;
Consideration of amendments on the PSI directive;

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), November 5th in Brussels
Vote on the draft opinion establishing the Digital Europe Program;

Committee on Transports and Tourism (TRAN), November 5th, in Brussels
Discussion on the collective redress directive

Working Party on Energy, October 25th and 30th and November 6th and 8th in Brussels

Working Party on Environment, October 25th, 26th and 29th in Brussels:
Consideration of the LIFE Program (25/10);
Presentation by the European Court of Auditors of the report “Air pollution: Our health still insufficiently protected" (26/10)

Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society, October 25th in Brussels:
Examination of Digital Europe Programme.

Friends of the Presidency Group on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), October 26th, in Brussels:
Examination of the CEF Program

Research Working Party, October 26th, in Brussels:
Examination of Horizon Europe.

Informal Environment and Transport Council, October 29th and 30th, Graz, Austria

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