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UFE / Press review of 08/02/2019

Emmanuelle Wargon wants to use the revenues from the carbon tax to support the ecological transition
The Secretary of State in charge of leading the National debate said about the suspension of the carbon tax increase that the resumption of its trajectory "will not be possible until we are clearer on the allocation of revenues". It recommends that the entire increase be allocated to the ecological transition, by financing "major projects" at the national, territorial and individual levels. "For me, this is one of the conditions for success," she said.
Source: AEF, January 28th, 2019
RTE sets out the prerequisites for the closure of Cordemais coal-fired power plant
The president of the French transmission system operator presented to the press the "cumulative conditions" to be met in order to close the Cordemais coal-fired power plant by 2022, while ensuring France's electricity supply security. Among the seven criteria mentioned, RTE identifies in particular the management of consumption, the schedule of ten-yearly visits of the nuclear power plants, the development of renewable energies, interconnections and demand side response. The closure of Cordemais is also conditional on the commissioning of the Flamanville EPR and the Landivisiau gas-fired power plant. Additional information on the security of supply in Western France has been requested by the government from RTE, which will "deepen its analyses", assured its President, François Brottes.
Source: AFP, January 30th, 2019
Four objectives of the ltecv modified in the draft energy-climate law
The draft energy-climate law, composed of five articles, was sent to the members of the National Council for Ecological Transition on 7 February. In addition to the postponement to 2035 of the 50% reduction in the share of nuclear energy in the electricity mix, Article 1 also modifies the "factor 4" objective by replacing it with the objective of achieving "carbon neutrality" by 2050. The target for reducing final energy consumption is also revised, from 20% to 17% in 2030 compared to the 2012 level. Finally, it highlights the ambition to reduce the primary energy consumption of fossil fuels by raising the target from 30% to 40% in 2030 compared to 2012.
The text also establishes the High Council for Climate, simplifies the administrative procedures applicable to renewable energies, puts in place tools to combat EWC fraud, and transposes a set of European texts relating to the energy-climate package for 2030.
Source: AEF, December 7th, 2019
The European Commission publishes a discussion paper on a more sustainable Europe by 2030
As part of the debate on the future of Europe, the European Commission published on January 30th a discussion paper on a more sustainable Europe by 2030, as part of the EU's commitments to the United Nations' sustainable development objectives and the Paris Agreement. The document outlines three scenarios to open the discussion: the first proposes a comprehensive EU sustainable development strategy to guide Member States' actions, the second scenario intends to continue the integration of sustainable development objectives transversely into EU policies and the third scenario focuses on strengthening external action. The transition to clean energy and its use in all sectors (buildings, transport) is mentioned as a fundamental and strategic principle for a sustainable Europe, at the heart of the Energy Union's action. In addition, the document also highlights the need to pay particular attention to an inclusive and equitable transition for all citizens so that a sustainable transition promotes the social rights and well-being of Europeans while accompanying regions in transformation. This discussion paper and the scenarios will thus be integrated into the discussions on the future of Europe on the agenda of the Sibiu European Council on May 9th.
Source: European Commission, January 30th, 2019
A G7 summit on Environment in Metz next May
In 2019, France took over the presidency of the G7 from Canada. Ahead of the major summit on inequality to be held in Biarritz in late August, the French Government announced a G7 summit on Environment, Oceans and Energy to be held in Metz on 5 and 6 May. The city was chosen because of the good results of its climate policy, and most notably its share of renewables currently exceeding national targets for 2030, as well as its energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction targets. In recent years, the city has built a biomass power plant, a wind farm and a photovoltaic park, and invested €20 million in insulating public buildings. It has also revised its mobility plan by investing in a high level service level network (HQPT). The program of the event is not yet announced.
Source: Contexte, February 4th, 2019
For the International Energy Agency, the success of the energy transition is based on political decisions
At an event organised by the College of Europe in Brussels on February 7th, Mechthild Wörsdörfer, former Director for Renewable Energy, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency at the European Commission and now Director of Sustainable Development, Technology and Outlooks at the International Energy Agency (IEA), presented the new World Energy Outlook 2018 report. The latter presents global energy trends and their possible impacts on supply and demand, carbon emissions, air pollution and access to energy. It also compares current public policies with those necessary to achieve the climate objectives of the Paris Agreement. It thus predicts that, as it stands, more than 70% of global energy investments will have to be driven by public policies by 2050. According to the IEA, the message is clear: "the world's energy destiny is based on decisions and policies made by governments". Like the European Commission in its long-term strategy, the IEA also underlines the role of carbon capture and storage technologies in achieving carbon neutrality.
Source: International Energy Agency, February 7th, 2019
Plenary session of the European Parliament, February 11th to 14th, Strasbourg

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, February 19th, Brussels
- Vote on the report on European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres
- Vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations on the Re-use of public sector information
- Adoption of questions for oral answer on the long-term strategy
- Adoption of the opinion on discontinuing seasonal changes of time
- Presentation of a delegated act on the Renewable Energy Directive by the European Commission
- Report on the trilogues on Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, Connecting Europe Facility

Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), February 14th, in Brussels
- Report on the trilogues on the Clean Vehicle Directive, CO2 Standards for heavy duty vehicle

Committee on Transport and Tourism, February 20th, Brussels
- Consideration of amendments on discontinuing seasonal changes of time

Working Party on Land Transport, Council of the EU, February 14th and 18th, Brussels

Working Party on Energy, Council of the EU, February 19th, in Brussels

Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society, February 19th, in Brussels

Working Party on Environment, Council of the EU, February 14th and 18th , in Brussels
- Long -term strategy

Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues, February 14th and 21st, in Brussels

Trilogue European Parliament / Council of the EU / European Commission, February 4th, in Brussels:
- Connecting Europe Facility (19/02)
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