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  • 2016, A STRATEGIC YEAR FOR THE EUROPEAN POLICY ON RENEWABLE ENERGIES

    Following the Energy Efficiency Directive last month, it is now time for the Directive defining the EU’s post- 2020 renewable energy policy to be subject to a public consultation. UFE just submitted its contribution, which was an opportunity to stress, once more, the necessity to coordinate energy and climate policies around the core objective of decarbonisation, and for underlining the major role that RES play in the fight against climate change…

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  • ACHIEVING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY GOAL IN EUROPE

    The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) is a paramount instrument for achieving the energy consumption reduction goal set by the European Council in October 2014. It is a key tool of the 2030 climate and energy package. Yet, the European energy efficiency policy as it is today remains unsuccessful. The public consultation launched by the European Commission for the review of the EED, which closed on January 29th and to which UFE replied, represents a unique opportunity to improve it and introduce a coherent/consistent energy efficiency policy that integrates two criteria fundamental for its management and implementation, ie climate and economic efficiency…

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  • EU PRESIDENCY : THE NETHERLANDS COMMITS TO A FORWARD-LOOKING ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICY

    Since January 1st, 2016, the Netherlands has taken over the Presidency of the European Union. Alongside with the EU’s migration, monetary and economic policy, the implementation of a “forward-looking policy on climate and energy” is one of the four priorities of the Dutch Presidency. With a privileged facilitating role for the next 6 months, the government of the Netherlands will support and push forward the introduction of key proposals for the future of the European energy policy and the competitiveness of the power sector. Here are the next steps to follow closely...

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  • CO2 pricing, the cornerstone of the fight against climate change, still missing from the COP21

    Notwithstanding the numerous diplomatic efforts deployed by the French negotiators, the dynamic of the COP21 seems to lose momentum at Le Bourget. Indeed, the fight against climate change generates substantial redistribution inequalities : the consequences of the reduction of CO2 emissions vary greatly depending on the economies. Thus, the likeliness of having the present States negotiating differs depending on the impact of climate change on their economy, their historical responsibility in emitting CO2, their financial dispositions, and the efforts of other countries. However, reconciling these geopolitical challenges is crucial in order to set binding emissions reduction targets at a global level.

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  • COP21 : When the power Sector commits for climate

    Global energy needs are growing steadily. How can they be met whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions ? Does protecting the planet rhyme with giving up on economic growth ? How can young generations address these issues ? In order to understand their expectations and provide answers to their queries, the power industry will welcome them at a debate-conference in Paris this forthcoming November 23rd, only a few days ahead of the COP21…

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  • THE FRENCH ELECTRICITY SECTOR COMMITS WITH THE EP FOR LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS

    The reform, and reorganization of European energy policies, is one of the top5 priorities of the European Commission. The focus is right and timely, as the Energy Transition is a great opportunity for European industries to stand out, through the emergence of new sectors, supporting the EU low carbon strategy. However, to achieve this transition and enable both the financing and outbreak of necessary investments and innovations, the European Union needs a long term framework bringing confidence, and visibility to the investors and project promoters.

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  • UFE-BDEW’s STUDY : A quantitative contribution to the european debate ON electricity security of supply, in the medium-term

    The study, conducted by the UFE and his German counterpart BDEW, is now online at www.ufe-electricite.fr. As the result of a whole year of joint work, the study provides a substantial contribution to the current European Commission’s consultation on the future electricity market-design. Built on statistical models, this Franco-German study shows how the current energy market would be much more efficient, if completed by a capacity mechanism, to trigger the investments needed to ensure the security of supply in the medium / long term ...

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  • ETS MARKET STABILITY RESERVE : A SMALL STEP FORWARD …

    Last Thursday during the Business & Climate Summit held in UNESCO, enterprises gathered to recall, among others, the importance of a strong carbon price. But on the European side, the reform is far from being achieved. After tough negotiations, the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission finally agreed on a first step to strengthen the ETS market, through the implementation of a market stability reserve (MSR). This agreement was long expected by industrials of the sector, but remains nevertheless quite disappointing. Indeed, it leaves behind several ambitious parameters, essential to the full success of this reform, and providing an ambiguous signal only few months ahead of COP21...

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  • CERA WEEK HOUSTON 2015 : 5 DAYS TO UNDERSTAND GLOBAL ENERGY ISSUES

    Last week was held in Houston, the 34th CERA WEEK, the largest global gathering of energy actors. 38 plenary sessions and 84 workshops have been organized with 2,800 participants, including representatives of governments, administrations, energy companies, equipment suppliers, banks and consulting firms, to discuss an unequivocally issue : "Turning Point : Energy’s New World"...

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