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- Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 10:52
- Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 10:36
The European Commission published a communication on energy efficiency and its contribution to the 2030 climate/energy policy framework, presented on 22 January 2014. The new communication sets out a mid and long-term strategy that proposes, amongst other things, a target of 30% reduction in primary energy consumption in 2030 (against the 2007 baseline projections for 2030). The European Council is expected to decide, at its meeting on 23-24 October 2014, whether the target is to be binding or indicative.
The new strategy was published as part of the review that the Commission was required to conduct under the Energy Efficiency Directive or EED (2012/27/EU, Articles 3 and 24). The review focuses on progress made by Member States towards achieving their national indicative energy efficiency targets set under the EED and on progress made by the EU as a whole towards achieving its overall indicative 2020 target of 20% reduction in primary energy consumption (against the baseline projections for 2020).
In its 2030 climate/energy package, the Commission indicated that it would present proposals for energy efficiency targets based on the results of its review.
See CITEPA's Technical Summary (Fiche de Synthèse) on the EED: UE_ENERGIE_EE_Directive_2012_27_UE_251012, p.5 (available for CITEPA members only).
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 176 p.3.
http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/events/2014_energy_efficiency_communication_en.htm (all the documents published)
- Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 16:15
The new Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, announced that the national carbon tax (carbon pricing mechanism), adopted under the previous Government and introduced on 1 July 2012, is abolished from the 17 July. The EU Climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, stated that the discussions underway to link the EU emissions trading system (EU-ETS) with the Australian ETS system, which was to be launched on 1 July 2015, will evidently be discontinued. On 28 August 2012, the European Commission and the then Australian Government signed an agreement to fully link their respective ETSs by 1 July 2018.
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 152 p.4 and n° 162 p.3.
https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-07-17/government-delivers-commitment-abolish-carbon-tax (Prime Minister's statement)
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/hedegaard/headlines/news/2014-07-17_01_en.htm (the EU Climate Commissioner's reaction)
- Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 16:13
The Regional Tourist Committee for the Paris region (CRT) published the first audit of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from tourist activities in the Paris region. The study, which was commissioned by the Paris regional authorities and which was conducted over two years, focuses on GHG emissions from business and pleasure visits to Paris. The results highlight a total of 17.5 Mt CO2e in 2013, 91% of which stem from the tourists' return trips to and from the Paris region. 68% of this 91% share is from air transport.
http://pro.visitparisregion.com/Le-CRT-vous-accompagne/Developpement-Durable/Bilan-carbone-R-de-la-destination (see summary ("synthèse")
- 16 July 2014: Climate – Informal Environment Council discusses the upcoming UN Climate Summit
- 15 July 2014: UK – 2014 progress report to Parliament on meeting the UK's carbon budgets
- 14 July 2014 : Climate – Ban Ki-moon appoints a Special Envoy for Climate Change
- 14-15 July 2014: Climate – 5th meeting of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue
- 11 July 2014: GHG emissions monitoring – information reported by Member States (under the MMR Regulation)
- 9 July 2014: ETS and carbon leakage – agreement on proposed list of exposed sectors for 2015-2019
- 8 July 2014: Shale gas – Commission launches EU science and technology network