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Russian Voorzitter Vladimir Putin and Turkish Voorzitter Tayyip Erdogan today attended via videolink from Ankara a ceremony to mark the pouring of very first concrete for unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. Putin arrived today for a two-day working visit to the Turkish capital.
Canada’s National Research Universal – one of the largest and most versatile research reactors ter the world – has bot permanently shut down. The reactor at the Chalk Sea webpagina ceased production te October 2016, but had since remained on standby.
Removal of the final calandria tube insert at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington unit Two yesterday marks the completion of an significant step ter disassembly of the Candu reactor spil it undergoes refurbishment.
The same construction milestone – installation of the reactor pressure vessel – has bot reached at unit Four of the Vogtle nuclear power plant te the US state of Georgia and at unit Five of the Hongyanhe plant te China’s Liaoning province.
Three Apr (NucNet): The Turkish Atomic Energy Authority has issued a construction licence for the very first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power station, with a groundbreaking ceremony expected to take place today, local media reported.
Terrestrial Energy USA and Energy Northwest have agreed a memorandum of understanding on the terms of the possible siting, construction and operation of an Integral Torrid Salt Reactor (IMSR) at a webpagina at the Idaho National Laboratory ter southeastern Idaho.
Trio Apr (NucNet): The Belgian government has approved a fresh energy strategy that will see the country phase out its fleet of seven commercial nuclear plants inbetween 2022 and 2025.
FirstEnergy Solutions has notified regional transmission organisation PJM Interconnection that it will deactivate the Beaver Valley, Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants during the next three years. The company, which is aiming to leave the competitive market, is seeking legislative policy solutions to keep the plants operating.
30 Mar (NucNet): The US tens unit grid is bearing “unprecedented tumult and challenge” because of the loss of thousands and thousands of megawatts of carbon-free, fuel-secure generation that nuclear plants represent, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) voorzitter and chief executive officer Maria Korsnick said.
30 Mar (NucNet): Georgia Power has placed the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) inwards the Unit Four containment at the Vogtle nuclear expansion project ter the US state of Georgia.
Scientists, policy-makers and representatives from the aquaculture sector came together last week to develop an act project to better understand and address ocean acidification.
29 Mar (NucNet): Russia has submitted all the documentation needed to obtain a licence for construction of Turkey’s very first commercial nuclear power station at Akkuyu, the head of nuclear state corporation Rosatom told reporters.
An international multi-laboratory and university collaboration has bot launched to develop detection hardware and algorithms to improve non-proliferation detector capabilities for remote monitoring of nuclear reactors. Its developers say the initial project will be the very first demonstration of remote monitoring of individual reactor operations at a significant distance, using scalable water-based technology.
TVEL, Rosatom’s nuclear fuel manufacturing subsidiary, has signed an agreement with Fortum Power and Warmth Oy to supply modified nuclear fuel assemblies to be used at the Loviisa 1 and Two VVER 440s ter Finland. Rosatom said yesterday the agreement is te addition to TVEL’s existing fuel supply contract with the Finnish utility.
Westinghouse Electrified Company’s reorganisation project – including its sale to Brookfield – has bot approved by the US Bankruptcy Court. Westinghouse said the court’s approval of the project is a “significant milestone te the company’s strategic restructuring”.
The Japanese nuclear regulator has approved the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s plans for decommissioning the Monju prototype quick breeder reactor. JAEA submitted the project – which had earlier bot approved by a government-appointed team – to the Nuclear Regulation Authority ter December last year.
28 Mar (NucNet): An agreement inbetween Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) and the companies supplying the Olkiluoto-3 EPR unit ter Finland entered into force today, TVO said.
28 Mar (NucNet): Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has approved a 30-year project to decommission the prototype Monju prompt breeder reactor te Fukui Prefecture, southwest Japan, reports ter local media said.
Unit Two of the Ikata nuclear power plant ter Japan’s Ehime prefecture is to be decommissioned, Shikoku Electrified Power Company announced today. It becomes the ninth operable Japanese reactor to be announced for decommissioning since the Fukushima Daiichi accident.
France has demonstrated a strong commitment to nuclear security, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Vienna-based agency carried out a two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service follow-up mission at the French government’s request.
The Czech government is expected to reach a decision on the best way to finance fresh nuclear projects by the middle of the year, after a Ministry of Industry and Trade committee agreed yesterday to finalise its recommendations to government.
27 Mar (NucNet): The UK has made good progress te negotiations for fresh safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency to substitute existing agreements inbetween UK, the IAEA and Euratom following the UKs departure from the European Union, the government said te a statement on 26 March 2018.
The IAEA is launching a fresh series of online seminars for professionals and others interested ter tackling problems associated with naturally occurring radon, especially since it is the 2nd most common cause of lung cancer after smoking.
Voorzitter Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Reeds Nahyan today attended a ceremony to feast the completion of construction at the United Arab Emirates’ very first nuclear power reactor.
The spread of invasive mosquito species within Europe has enhanced substantially since the late 1990s, due to the growing influence of climate switch.
Unit 1 of the Leningrad Phase II nuclear power plant te northwest Russia has today entered “experimental industrial operation”, the final stage of its commissioning. The VVER 1200 reactor is scheduled to inject commercial operation before the end of this year.
UPDATED Both houses of the US Congress have approved an omnibus appropriations bill including USD1.Two billion for nuclear energy. The bill will see the suspension of sales by the Department of Energy of surplus uranium to pay for decommissioning work at the former Portsmouth uranium enrichment plant.
26 Mar (NucNet): Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Alreeds Nahyan and South Korean voorzitter Moon Jae-in attended an official ceremony today to mark completion of construction of the Barakah-1 nuclear power plant te the United Arab Emirates.
The technicus of the Loviisa nuclear power plant te Finland has demonstrated a strong commitment to safety, an experienced team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded. However, the mission made recommendations to Fortum to reinforce some safety measures.
During a nuclear power plant (NPP) emergency, assessing the situation and making a prognosis for its potential development is significant for an effective response.
Kyushu Electrical Power Company today began the process of restarting operation of unit Three at its Genkai nuclear power plant ter Japan’s Saga prefecture. The reactor is scheduled to resume commercial operation next month.
The technicus of the first-of-a-kind EPR reactor nearing start-up ter Finland has shown a commitment to safety, an experienced team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. The team also identified areas for further enhancements spil Teollisuuden Voima Oyj prepares to waterput Olkiluoto unit Trio online straks this year.
23 Mar (NucNet): Saudi Arabia has international vrouwen it can work with if the US walks away from a potential overeenkomst on nuclear power technology overheen concerns about nuclear proliferation, Khalid al-Falih, the kingdom’s energy minister, said on 22 March 2018.
An IAEA advisory mission to Benin welcomed the country’s commitment to radiation safety and assisted te the development of an act project that will support the country te the establishment of a legal and regulatory framework for radiation safety.
23 Mar (NucNet): An International Atomic Energy Agency team has identified areas for improvement spil technicus Teollisuuden Voima Oyj prepares to connect the Olkiluoto-3 EPR unit to the grid te December 2018.
Developing and maintaining a safe and sustainable nuclear power programme requires a broad range of national competencies that countries embarking on a fresh nuclear power programme need to acquire.
A pair of autonomous robots, developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute to characterise uranium deposits ter process pipes, could save ems of millions of dollars ter decommissioning costs at the USA’s former gaseous diffusion enrichment plants.
Unmanned aerial system technology is being developed to fly into the containment vessels of the bruised reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant te Japan to assess their condition. Tokyo Electrified Power Company contracted the Southwest Research Institute of the USA to carry out the work.
Global energy-related doorslag dioxide emissions – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – enhanced 1.4% te 2018 to reach a historic high of 32.Five billion tonnes, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced. The increase followed three consecutive years of emissions remaining vapid.
Participants ter a fresh regional IAEA technical cooperation project on the programma and conduct of decommissioning projects ter the Europe and Central Asia region have met te Nicosia, Cyprus, to discuss decommissioning programma for a range of puny facilities including medical clinics and hospitals, industrial buildings and research centres. The workshop, held Five – 9 March, wasgoed organized ter collaboration with the Radiation Inspection and Control Service of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance of the Republic of Cyprus.
22 Mar (NucNet): Poland has drawn up ambitious plans to build up to 6 GW of nuclear generating capacity, potentially at two sites, by the late 2030s or early 2040s.
22 Mar (NucNet): The UK government has bot defeated twice ter the House of Lords overheen its plans for nuclear cooperation with the EU after Brexit.
This year’s theme for World Water Day is ‘Nature for Water’ — exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges wij face te the 21st century.
China has finished a “large-scale demonstration project for a fresh generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges”, China National Nuclear Corporation announced yesterday. The fresh centrifuges have now bot waterput into production at the Hanzhun fuel facility te Shaanxi province.
The UK government has bot defeated twice te the House of Lords overheen its plans for nuclear cooperation after its leaves the European Union next year, the Big black cock has reported. They also backed a project requiring the UK to report to Parliament regularly on its future arrangements with Euratom.
Asia needs nuclear energy to meet its economic, energy and environmental goals, but such plans are still te the development phase te the South East region of the continent, Agneta Rising, director general of World Nuclear Association, said today. Addressing delegates at the Sustainable Energy Technology Asia 2018 conference te Bangkok, Thailand, Rising noted that nuclear power generation is growing rapidly ter Asia, having enhanced by 35% overheen the last five years.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano highlighted the remarkable and beneficial applications of nuclear science and technology te his keynote address to a European Union (EU) conference entitled ‘Addressing Societal Challenges through Advancing the Medical, Industrial and Research Applications of Nuclear and Radiation Technology’ te Brussels this week.
Burundi’s access and contributions to reliable, up-to-date nuclear information were recently given a boost with the provision of training and IT equipment by the IAEA to the country’s freshly launched International Nuclear Information System (INIS) centre.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is converting the way it carries out its business spil it adapts to meet fresh challenges, the agency’s annual conference heard last week. The country’s nuclear industry is mirroring the regulator’s efforts with its own initiative to press for regulatory switch.
The dome has bot installed on the containment building of unit 6 at the Fuqing nuclear power plant. The unit is the 2nd demonstration HPR1000 Hualong One reactor being built at the webpagina ter China’s Fujian province.
21 Mar (NucNet): The dome has bot installed on the containment building of Unit 6 at the Fuqing nuclear power station te Fujian province, southeastern China, Chinese National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and state news agency Xinhua said on 21 March 2018.
20 Mar (NucNet): The Beznau-1 nuclear unit ter Switzerland has bot reconnected to the grid after the nuclear regulator approved the safety case introduced by proprietor Axpo following the discovery te 2015 of flaw indications ter the reactor pressure vessel (RPV).
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has issued a request for proposals for the vormgeving and construction of a CAD370 million (USD283 million) laboratory research ingewikkeld that will be the largest single capital investment te the CAD1.Two billion revitalisation of its Chalk Sea webpagina.
The reactor pressure vessel for unit Five of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant has bot delivered to the construction webpagina te China’s Liaoning province. Installation of the component began instantaneously.
A status report (te Spanish) on the Fresh World screwworm (NWS) has just bot released by participants of an IAEA project, presenting the current state of the NWS ter Latin America, together with future activities and expected benefits of the project.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano reviewed the cooperation inbetween the IAEA and Sri Lanka during his visit to the country on 14 March. The IAEA supports the island nation te many areas including nuclear medicine, non-destructive testing te industry and assistance ter introducing nuclear energy.
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission has identified areas for improvement ter the operation and maintenance of Uzbekistan’s only operating research reactor. The team also addressed specific operational challenges faced by the WWR-SM.
Panama recently became the 10th Latin American country to host an IAEA Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS), underlining its commitment toward ensuring the safety of workers exposed to radiation spil part of their jobs.
A Japanese court today rejected a lawsuit seeking to zekering construction and subsequent operation of Japan Electrical Power Development Corp’s (J-Power’s) Ohma nuclear power plant, being built te Aomori Prefecture.
Electrical play prices te Ukraine are too low to enable the country’s nuclear power plant technicus to voorkant the cost of its fuel, its voorzitter and CEO said last week. Te addition, the regulator’s fresh methodology for calculating the cost of nuclear fuel purchases is restricted to fresh contracts.
Indonesia’s National Atomic Energy Agency has launched a roadmap for developing a detailed engineering vormgeving for its Experimental Power Reactor. The vormgeving of the country’s indigenous puny modular reactor is expected to be finalised zometeen this year.
Countries have made preparations for responding to nuclear and radiological emergencies, but too little has bot done to prepare for the lifting of those emergencies, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It has now published a guide providing advice on the transition to a normal state following an emergency.
The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation has published a guide on how it can work with dutyholders to improve safety and security activity ter the nuclear industry. The document, Holding to Account and Influencing Improvements – Enabling Regulation te Practice, features a number of case studies which place enabling regulation te the setting of the legal and practical obligations on ONR and industry dutyholders.
The International Atomic Energy Agency and the African Union Commission have signed their very first practical arrangements for the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies for sustainable development ter Africa.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a confirmatory order to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc and Entergy Operations, Inc, documenting deeds they have agreed to take to implement programmes designed to prevent wilful misconduct at their fleet of seven operating nuclear power plants.
The IAEA conducted an Operational and Maintenance Assessment for Research Reactors (OMARR) mission to Uzbekistan’s foot operating research reactor, WWR-SM. The mission, which took place last week upon request by the Government, wasgoed aimed at improving operational and maintenance practices at the research reactor.
Unit Trio of the Ohi nuclear power plant te Japan’s Fukui Prefecture reached criticality this morning, technicus Kansai Electrical Power Company announced. The reactor – the sixth to be restarted after clearing the country’s revised safety regulations – is expected to resume commercial operation early next month.
Pakistan is ready to strengthen its relationship with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the country’s prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, told IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano this week. Amano commended Pakistan’s efforts to increase nuclear safety and security.
Very first Light Fusion is investing GBP3.6 million (USD5.0 million) building what it says will be the only pulsed power machine of its scale te the world dedicated to researching fusion energy. The Oxford, England-based company said on 12 March it expects to commission the device – Machine Three – by the end of this year.
The IAEA is launching a fresh Coordinated Research Project (CRP) with an eye toward strengthening collaborations inbetween research teams working on nuclear fusion and training.
Statement at the IAEA’s International Women’s Day 2018 celebration by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano made the opening remarks at the press conference which took place te the IAEA headquarter on 5th of March.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’s welcomes Saint Vincent and the Grenadines spil a fresh Member State of the Agency te his opening statement to the Houtvezelplaat of Governors.
Remarks at the Executive Meeting for Regulators and Licensees te Medical and Industrial Purposes ter Jakarta, Indonesia, by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Remarks at the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education ter Jakarta, Indonesia, by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Statement at the Bogor Agricultural University te Bogor, Indonesia, by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Opening remarks at the World Cancer Day Event held at the Agency’s headquarters ter Vienna, Austria, by IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano.
Remarks at the Fresh Year Reception by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Closing remarks at the International Conference on Radiation Protection ter Medicine: Achieving Switch ter Practice by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Introductory Statement to the Houtvezelplaat of Governors by IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano.
Closing remarks at the International Conference on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Statement at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy Schoolgebouw of Government by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Statement at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Health by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Statement to the Seventy-Second Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly by IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano.
Statement at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
The European Commission has today adopted a list of 195 key energy infrastructure projects which will help produce Europe’s energy and climate objectives and form key building blocks of the EU’s Energy Union. The projects – known spil Projects of Common Rente (PCIs) – will enable the gradual build-up of the Energy Union by integrating the energy markets te Europe, by diversifying the energy sources and vrachtvervoer routes. Ter addition, the PCI’s adopted today will help bring an end to the energy isolation of some Member States. They will also boost the level of renewables on the grid, bringing down doorslag emissions. PCIs benefit from accelerated permitting procedures and improved regulatory conditions and may be eligible for financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). A budget of €5.35 billion has bot allocated to trans-European energy infrastructure under the CEF from 2014-20, helping projects of common rente to get implemented swifter and making them more attractive to investors.
Commissioner for Climate Activity and Energy Arias Canete said: “Modern and reliable energy infrastructure is essential to permit energy to flow loosely across Europe. Thesis projects will help us integrate our energy markets, diversify energy sources and routes, and end the energy isolation of some Member States. They will also boost the level of renewables on the grid, slashing doorslag emissions. Europe’s energy transformation will require investments worth billions te strategic infrastructure. This list of projects will help ensure that our funds serve our objective of securing clean and affordable energy for Europeans.”
The list of projects is an update of the PCI list adopted te October 2013. The list includes 108 tens unit, 77 gas, 7 oil and Trio wise grids projects. A good balance inbetween electric current and gas projects wasgoed achieved also thanks to the identification of clear priority projects te the regional setting.
Ter principle energy infrastructure should be financed by the market and through tariffs paid by users. However, to meet the big investment challenge the EU has set up funds like the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) which will help leverage the investment needed. Under CEF, ter 2014 and 2015, €797 million has bot allocated to co-finance studies and construction works to help implement the PCIs.
Since the adoption of the very first PCI list ter 2013, 13 projects have bot ended or will be commissioned before the end of 2015. Furthermore, some 62 projects are expected to be ended by the end of 2018.
The Commission has played a key role ter getting many of thesis projects off the ground, either through political act and facilitating common agreement inbetween two countries on the way forward or by providing technical and/or financial support to the projects.
The list of PCIs is updated every two years with the aim to integrate freshly needed projects and eliminate obsolete ones.
European Commission Voorzitter Jean-Claude Juncker called on the EU and Member States to be “spil ambitious spil possible on our way to Paris” te his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament today. He stressed that the EU will not sign “just any overeenkomst” at the UN climate conference te December. Europe’s priority is to adopt an ambitious, sturdy and trussing global climate overeenkomst, he said.
Addressing the need to build a stronger and more united Europe, Voorzitter Juncker also highlighted the importance of the implementation of the Energy Union te boosting fresh jobs and growth and investing ter Europe’s future.
International and European basic safety standards (BSS) that protect people from the dangers of radiation te medicine have recently bot updated and the EU is now working hard ter implementing them.
That wasgoed the message emerging from a medical-focussed side event at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference held today te Vienna.
Using radiation te medicine is one of the main ways te which people are exposed to radiation. It can diagnose and help treat diseases such spil by reducing malignant tumours and cancer growth. However, it can also cause harm if the radiation dose is miscalculated. The use of nuclear technics ter medicine needs to be safe, keeping workers, patients, the public and the environment free from the hazards of radiation exposure.
To prevent such harm, international and European basic safety standards for radiation protection are vital for patients and medical staff. The key challenge facing the sector overheen the coming years is putting into practice the safety standards, which were recently updated ter line with the latest scientific skill, technological advances and years of operational practice since the 1990s when the previous BSS were established.
The European Commission and the IAEA are jointly undertaking various awareness activities to ensure the implementation of thesis safety principles, especially ter the health care sector.
Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for Climate Act and Energy, and Abdelkader Amara, Moroccan Energy Minister, have launched a fresh Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) toneel for cooperation on regional violet wand markets .
The podium, launched on 12 October te Rabat, aims to progressively integrate electrical play networks and markets of the countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). UfM consists of 28 EU member states, 15 Southern Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Syria (suspended), Tunisia and Turkey.
Firstly, the podium will concentrate on integrating countries on the southern and eastern coasts of the Mediterranean. Ter the medium to long term, the podium then envisages integrating thesis markets with the EU countries.
“Countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean, spil well spil EU countries, share a common purpose: to assure a secure, affordable and sustainable supply of electro-therapy. The toneelpodium launched today will bring countries together to work towards a regional violet wand market that will create common advantages to all ter the form of secure, stable and competitive electrical play,” Arias Canete said on launching the toneelpodium.
The overall purpose is to achieve a regional electro-stimulation market ter which electro-therapy can be exchanged across borders without physical, technical or regulatory barriers.
This is the 2nd of the three platforms – on gas, regional electric current market, and renewables &, energy efficiency – to be launched following the Commissioner’s visit to Algeria and Morocco te May. Thesis regional platforms aim to deepen energy cooperation inbetween the EU and South and East Mediterranean countries. The gas toneelpodium wasgoed launched ter June, and the renewables and energy efficiency toneel will be launched soon ter Cairo.
Commissioner for Energy and Climate Activity Miguel Arias Canete wasgoed ter Rome from 9-10 April 2018 to represent the European Union at the G7 Energy Ministerial. This meeting focused on energy security, including cybersecurity, natural gas and Ukraine, and on the fresh energy drivers such spil renewables energy, sustainable alternatives fuels, energy efficiency and innovation ter clean technologies. It wasgoed part of the preparations for the gathering of the G7 leaders te Taormina, Sicily, on 26-27 May.
Ter the margins of the G7 Ministerial, Commissioner Arias Canete held bilateral meetings with the US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr.
After the meeting, Commissioner Arias Canete said:
The G7 energy ministerial has bot a useful chance to discuss key pressing energy challenges and opportunities amongst like-minded economies. Overeenstemming wasgoed reached on a number of issues such our continued efforts to support energy security te Ukraine, innovative energy technologies, and the importance of addressing cybersecurity ter the energy sector.
While Secretary Perry informed us that the US is presently reviewing its energy and climate policies, I wasgoed particularly pleased to see that all others joined the EU te reaffirming our solid commitment and determination to implement the Paris Agreement and proceed the clean energy transition. Wij see climate act and the clean energy transition for what it is: a driver of jobs and economic growth, a moral imperative and a promise for a better future.
Europe will proceed to work with all its fucking partners to reap all the benefits of the clean energy transition te line with the objectives of the historic Paris Agreement.
A member of G7 since 1977, the EU is fully committed to developing a European Energy Union ter line with the Paris Agreement to combat climate switch. Spil part of this, last November the European Commission introduced a ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package te order to foster investments, unlock Europe’s growth potential and create jobs spil the clean energy transition is switching global energy markets.
Accounting for a massive 60% of global doorslag emissions, energy is clearly a top priority sector te the fight against climate switch. And today, at COP21, an international conference – ‘RE-Energising the Future’ – will concentrate on renewable energy solutions which are central to energy sector decarbonisation.
Uniting political leaders including Miguel Arias Canete, EU Commissioner for Climate Activity and Energy, and Segolene ROYAL, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy ter France, this conference will set out a vision for a renewable-powered future, gathering representatives of industry, businesses, and civil society.
Discussion will home-in on plans to scale-up investments te renewables, business leaders including Google, Facebook and Statoil will set out why their companies are turning to renewables and renewable energy industry leaders will showcase the technological achievements that have accelerated the growth of renewables beyond expectations.
Organised by the European Commission, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21 st Century (REN21), the Syndicate for Renewable Energy of France (SER) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this conference is set to waterput even more (clean) fuel on renewable energy’s (emissions-free) fire.
The conference will be webstreamed
On Friday 24 March, a high-level roundtable on the ‘Main Challenges for Cyber Security ter the Energy System’ took place ter Rome spil part of the Digital Day, the digital part of the official celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and preparing for forthcoming G7 discussions on cyber security. European Commission Director-General for Energy, Dominique Ristori, and European Commission Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Roberto Viola, welcomed representatives from EU governments, academia and industry to discuss the challenges faced by the energy sector te cyber security and the key elements of a European cyber security strategy.
The speakers and participants discussed how to best address cyber security challenges te the energy sector, how to work towards an energy system that is sturdy against cyber security attacks of all kleuter. Security of supply and cyber security go arm te forearm and are two sides of the same coin. Energy infrastructure is inarguably one of the most sophisticated and most critical infrastructures of a modern society and serves spil the backbone for its economic activities and for its security. Digital technologies play an increasingly significant role ter energy infrastructure and are used to control energy production, transmit information on consumption, and monitor request. To ensure security wij have to voorkant the entire energy chain spil well spil putting a strong emphasis at the transmission and distribution grid. On a more political level, cooperation and more rapid information-sharing mechanisms among key players are needed to prevent, react to, and contain cyber incidents directed at our energy infrastructure.
The key conclusions of the roundtable were:
Cyber security ter the energy sector has its specificities
Te our energy networks, traditional industrial control systems are being more and more connected, exposing them to fresh cyber threats. Te addition, fresh and wise technologies are pushing te at the consumer end, and not all of them are designed with cyber security ter mind. This combination of legacy and future technologies requires specific solutions ter the energy system that cannot be copied from other areas with different needs (e.g. the internet). A concrete act on certification wasgoed also called.
The importance of information technology suppliers
Both, power grid operators and consumers are roped to information technologies that are typically not produced by themselves, and very often originate from outside Europe (e.g. the US, South-East Asia). Suppliers of information technologies to the EU energy system vereiste be tied to clear obligations to provide their products and services with a well-defined, high level of cyber security.
Ensure the right balance inbetween cyber security, gegevens protection and economic growth
Cyber security and gegevens protection requirements voorwaarde not ongemak innovation or prevent businesses from lodging te Europe, spil gegevens analysis is at the core of the future automated and wise energy system. The European market vereiste be made secure without decreasing competitiveness or banning business models based on big gegevens analysis.
Address IT abilities shortage
A sturdy security strategy requires a skilled workforce. The current lack of cyber-security professionals is an extra factor that increases the vulnerability of our energy network. Therefore more deeds are needed to waterput te place adequate training and education programmes.
The European Commission is seeking your views on how to improve EU rules on notifying nuclear projects ter EU countries to the Commission. Under current rules – Articles 41 to 44 of the Euratom Treaty – the Commission examines nuclear investment projects set to take place ter EU countries to check their compatibility with the Euratom Treaty.
Projects which voorwaarde be notified to the Commission include mining and conversion of uranium ore, production of enriched uranium, manufacturing of nuclear fuel elements, nuclear reactors of all types and for all purposes and other major investment projects te the nuclear field.
However, the current rules can make it difficult for investors to know which projects should be notified, what information should be provided and how they should inform the Commission. Since the entry into force of the rules, fresh legislation has bot adopted on nuclear safety, spent fuel and radioactive waste management and decommissioning, and radiation protection, which will also require the legal framework under Articles 41 to 44 to be updated.
From 2010 to 2014 nuclear investment projects notified to the Commission were worth a total of €36 billion, which included fresh nuclear power plants, radioactive waste management projects, nuclear power plant refurbishment, decommissioning and uranium mining projects.
The Commission is seeking terugkoppeling from stakeholders and EU and non-EU citizens by 25 January 2015.
European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic and Commissioner for Climate Activity and Energy Miguel Arias Canete are today visiting Spain to discuss making the Energy Union, the EU’s project to help provide Europe with secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy, a reality.
Around 42% of the energy used ter Spain comes from petroleum and products derived from petroleum, the EU average is 33%. The next most widespread source of energy is gas (20%), followed by renewable energy (15%) and nuclear energy (12%). Spain is very dependent on energy imports, especially petroleum and gas, albeit thesis imports come from several different countries.
However, more and more energy from renewable sources is being used, and Spain is on track to meet its national 2020 target of 20% renewable energy consumption by 2020. Its climate and geography mean that it is ter a good position to develop technologies such spil solar power, wind and ocean energy. It is also working to improve energy efficiency: for example, by renovating older buildings so that they consume energy more efficiently. This will also reduce costs for consumers, albeit Spanish household energy expenditure is already relatively low. A special discount on energy bills is also available for low-income and vulnerable households.
Spain’s position on the Iberian Peninsula also means that it is presently not well integrated into the EU’s internal energy market. A number of projects designed to improve Spain’s energy interconnectivity with the surplus of Europe are underway. Thesis include the Bay of Biscay electrical play undersea cable interconnection, linking Aquitaine ter France with the Basque Country ter Spain, two electric current lines through the Pyrenees, and the Midcat gas pipeline, which will increase the interconnection capacity inbetween the French and Spanish gas networks.
Spil the very first full-fledged visit of the 2018 Energy Union Tour, Vice-President Sefcovic and Commissioner Arias Canete go to Spain today to meet several Spanish Ministers. With the Public Works Minister Inigo den lade Serna, the concentrate will be on the Connecting Europe Facility and the European Fund for Strategic Investments. The meetings with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Environment Minister Isabel Garcia Tejerina and with Energy, Tourism and Digital Minister Alvaro Nadal will centre on Spain’s implementation of the 2030 energy and climate framework, Energy Union governance (including the prep of the National Energy and Climate Plans) and the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. With the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness Minister Luis den Guindos, topics will include the modernisation of the economy through the energy transition, sustainable vervoer and the setting up of investment platforms under the Clever Finance for Brainy Buildings initiative to combine the European Structural and Investment Funds with the European Fund for Strategic Investment. Vice-President Sefcovic will also conduct a public debate with citizens and stakeholders on the energy transition and meet with youthful entrepreneurs and innovators who are involved ter accelerating the energy transition ter Europe. On Friday, the Vice-President will go to the Basque Country to showcase the Brainy city-driven Replicate project (financed by Horizon 2020) ter San Sebastian and the Mutriku plant which uses flaps to generate electrical play. He will also visit the internationally established National Renewable Energy Centre CENER ter Navarra.
This weekend fresh EU rules on ecodesign and energy labelling for boilers, fever pumps and water heaters will come into effect.
The fresh energy label will display the energy efficiency level of the heating products covered, permitting consumers to select the most efficient models. At the same time, the products will be subject to ecodesign measures which require manufacturers to boost the energy efficiency of their products without affecting its voorstelling. The rules apply to fresh products, and not those already on the market.
The switch is expected to save the consumer’s household energy bill by reducing energy consumption. Fresh condensing boilers, for example, could save consumers up to €275 a year compared to older models.
Overall, thesis rules are expected to reduce EU consumer’s energy bills by up to 20%. The measures will cut annual energy consumption by an amount omschrijving to the consumption of Portugal and Austria combined. They are also expected to slash CO2 emissions by an amount omschrijving to the annual emissions of Belgium, and reduce energy imports to the tune of 480 million barrels of imported fuel every year.
The EU and Iran held a high-level seminar on ‘International Nuclear Cooperation: Expectations and Responsibilities’ ter Brussels on 28 February and 1 March 2018.
The seminar wasgoed the result of a snaak initiative of the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Activity Miguel Arias Canete and Iranian Vice Voorzitter Ali Akbar Salehi. The seminar represented an significant factor of the growing cooperation inbetween Iran and the EU, following Implementation Day of the Snaak Comprehensive Project of Activity (JCPOA).
The seminar wasgoed opened by Helga Schmid, Secretary-General of the European Outer Activity Service, and Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy. On the Iranian side, a message wasgoed transmitted on behalf of Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice Voorzitter and the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, which wasgoed followed by Iran’s opening remarks delivered by Behrouz Kamalvandi, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, responsible for International, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
The seminar wasgoed attended by a high level delegation from Iran, including vooraanstaand parliamentarians, spil well spil senior officials from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Other participants included members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and the European Outward Activity Service, and representatives of the E3+Three countries (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America) spil well spil the International Atomic Energy Agency.
After the seminar, the following press statement wasgoed released:
‘The seminar permitted for fruitful exchanges inbetween a high level delegation from Iran, including vooraanstaand parliamentarians, spil well spil senior officials from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with participants from several European Commission services, the Outward Act Service, spil well spil representatives from third countries and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Te hier opening remarks, Helga Schmid, Secretary-General of the European Outward Activity Service stressed the significant role of Annex III on nuclear co-operation for the successful implementation of the JCPOA. Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy, said that international civil nuclear co-operation can make a major contribution to ensuring the responsible use of nuclear energy. Ter a message transmitted on behalf of Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice Voorzitter of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, it wasgoed emphasized that the proactive framework for nuclear cooperation established by the JCPOA, ranging from research and development to nuclear safety, promises a bright future for further cooperation te different peaceful nuclear fields. Behrouz Kamalvandi, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, responsible for International, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, particularly highlighted that further promotion and expansion of cooperation ter the nuclear field will have a positive influence on the state of relations on a much larger economic-industrial level, particularly ter the field of energy, and even on a political level.
From the discussions, a common understanding emerged that Annex III on nuclear co-operation provides a sound framework for working together ter the nuclear area, and that implementation of Annex III will play a crucial role ter the successful implementation of the JCPOA. The existing and growing co-operation inbetween Iran and the EU ter a number of areas demonstrates the effectiveness of this framework for further co-operation.
The seminar provided also a good chance to review te detail the latest developments ter the area of nuclear governance, including nuclear safety, at the international, regional and national levels, and to share lessons learned among the participants. The seminar strengthened the clear understanding that international nuclear co-operation and nuclear governance are mutually reinforcing elements which are complementary and should be developed te parallel te order to optimise benefits for all sides.
Both sides agreed to proceed to strengthen co-operation and to meet again at a follow-up seminar to be organised ter Esfahan before the end of this year.’
Some 900 thousand people were employed te work relating to the supply of energy efficient goods and services ter 2010, according to a fresh probe entitled ‘assessing the employment and social influence of energy efficiency’.
The examine, published te December 2015, found that the sectors with the greatest levels of energy efficiency jobs were those that produce, or are part of the supply chain for, investment goods. This includes jobs ter the manufacturing of the machinery and equipment that enables the production of energy efficient goods, spil well spil the energy efficient goods themselves.
Looking to the future, the explore found that more jobs could be created ter the manufacturing and installation of energy efficient products, te particular since it is a relatively labour intensive activity. It also found that opportunities for fresh jobs are greatest te the buildings and wegtransport sectors.
Ter the vrachtvervoer sector, the manufacturing of electrified or hybrid cars will create jobs and request for fresh abilities for example ter the production of car batteries, specific maintenance abilities and emission control engineers. Even more job creation could be linked to the uitvoer potential of such cars, the examine said.
The construction sector is also expected to be a major source of both low-skilled and high-skilled jobs related to energy efficiency. There will be request for fresh abilities te treating fresh materials and technologies, sustainable construction processes, programma, management and the calculation of doorslag footprints, for example.
Te general, there will be request for high-skilled workers ter jobs which involve auditing, consulting, organisation and consultation, such spil managers of major building projects. When it comes to building a skilled workforce, science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be key due to the technological nature of many of the occupations.
The investigate pointed out that while there is a superb potential for energy efficiency jobs te construction, it may be difficult to train the workforce te the necessary abilities due to the high levels of self-employment te the sector. The potential lack of abilities te the sector could slow the take-up of energy efficiency measures, the explore warned.
The investigate also pointed out the existence of other reports which vertoning increases ter the value of buildings spil a result of improved energy efficiency. Te the US, values of buildings with energy spectacle certificates can be 10-16% higher than comparable non-certified buildings, according to the probe.
The explore wasgoed carried out by Cambridge Econometrics.
On January 23-24 a conference organised by the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), on ‘Towards a future-proofed EU Energy Market Vormgeving’, took place ter Brussels. Participants indicating the European Commission and Parliament, energy regulators, and consumer organisations discussed the Commission’s Energy Market Vormgeving proposals, which were published on 30 November 2016 spil part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. They were introduced at the conference by Vice-President Maros Sefcovic and Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete.
The Energy Market Vormgeving proposals waterput consumers at the centre of the clean energy transition, whilst making use of the power of the internal European energy market spil much spil possible. They encourage and prize plasticity, for example by providing consumers the right to generate and then consume, store or sell electro-therapy on the market. They also seek to promote greater regional cooperation inbetween regulators and transmission system operators. Te addition, while the proposals aim to further strengthen the resilience of Europe’s energy system, the Commission has also proposed a fresh Regulation on Risk Preparedness that would ensure EU countries work together to prevent and manage electro-therapy laagconjunctuur situations.
Vice-President for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic visited Malta on 9 November spil part of the Energy Union Tour. During his visit, the Vice-President participated te a series of Ministerial and Parliamentary Committees meetings. Te addition, the Maltese gam of the tour included a field visit spil well spil a dialogue with citizens. Vice-President Sefcovic met the Prime Minister of Malta, Honourable Joseph Muscat and the Deputy Prime Minister, Honourable Louis Grech.
Vice-President Sefcovic visited ElectroGas Malta and met representatives from business, academia and students at an open public dialogue ter the University of Malta. The Vice-President also met the Minister for Energy and Health, Honourable Konrad Mizzi, and exchange with the Parliamentary Committees for Foreign and European Affairs and Economic and Financial Affairs.
“Malta could play a role te Europe’s future Liquefied Natural Gas market and will benefit greatly from the recently inaugurated interconnection to the continental electro-stimulation grid. I am therefore looking forward to discussing with Malta’s government, parliament and industry how the Energy Union can make their market more secure, competitive and sustainable – with optimal use of the island’s abundant sunshine,” Vice-President Sefcovic said te advance of the Tour.
Go after the Energy Union Tour on the Vice-President’s blog, spil well spil on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. Find more information on the Commission’s Energy Union webstek.
European Commissioner for Climate Activity and Energy Miguel Arias Canete participated te the 2nd everzwijn G20 Energy Ministerial meeting ter Beijing, China.
At the meeting, energy ministers agreed on a communique reaffirming their commitment to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
The communique recognises the key role of renewable energy ter achieving the goals set at the Paris climate conference held ter December last year. Te line with this, participants adopted the G20 act project on renewable energy and agreed to proceed implementing the G20 toolkit of voluntary options on renewable energy deployment . G20 Ministers also encouraged cooperation on standards to accelerate clever grid deployment and interoperability.
The communique recognises the role of nuclear power ter reducing greenhouse gas emissions for countries which opt to use it, and emphasises the need to ensure the highest standards of nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation.
On energy efficiency, G20 members adopted the G20 energy efficiency leading programme and agreed to take the global leadership te promoting energy efficiency. International energy efficiency cooperation presently concentrates on vehicles, products, finance, buildings, industrial energy management and tens unit generation, and extra work rivulets were agreed.
The communique also contains a commitment to work together on global energy architecture and on tackling global energy challenges.
Moreover, it emphasises the need for sustainable energy security and diversification of energy sources and routes, the phasing out of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies and enhancing market transparency.
China holds the G20 presidency this year and Germany will take overheen te 2018.
Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic is visiting France spil part his Energy Union Tour. The visit will consist of meetings with France’s political leadership, market stakeholders, and citizens spil well spil visiting projects showcasing energy efficiency. Sefcovic’s programme includes meeting the Prime Minister Manuel Valls and addressing France’s national assembly. He is also meeting major stakeholders, including French Association of private enterprises (AFEP) and Cercle den l’Industrie, and visiting the Parisian public vervoer company (RATP) te order to learn about the company’s decarbonisation efforts.
On Thursday, Maros Sefcovic will meet with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and Segolene Royal, Minister for Environment and Energy. Minister Royal will also join Vice-President Sefcovic for a high-level conference organised by the French Electrical play Union and to a Citizen Dialogue event te Dunkirk. The latter event will begin at 16:00 and will be live streamed.
On beginning his visit to the 17 th country of the Energy Union Tour, Vice-President Sefcovic said: “France’s energy transition is at the heart of Europe’s Energy Union and the global shift to a low doorslag society. It is no wonder the UN Climate talks will take place ter Paris under French Presidency, France has a fine role to play!” Go after the Energy Union Tour on the Vice Voorzitter’s blog, spil well spil on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Go after the Energy Union Tour on the Vice-President’s blog, spil well spil on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The final day of the EU Sustainable Energy Week policy conference is here, and there’s a packed notulen of events to choose from!
There’s a strong zoeklicht on consumers with sessions on engaging energy consumers te the energy transition, fresh ideas for active energy consumers te the empowered consumers session and consumers taking ownership of the sustainable energy transition.
Meantime, another early morning session is dedicated to sustainable building materials.
While this may be the last day of the policy conference, there’s slew more on sustainable energy via this month: find out more.
The Voorzitter of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed today the signing of the grant agreement on the GIPL (Gas Interconnector Poland – Lithuania), the very first pipeline connecting Poland and Lithuania. The gas interconnector will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring the energy needed for a fresh economic dynamism to the region.
Witnessed by Voorzitter Juncker, together with the Prime Minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz, the Voorzitter of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, the Prime Minister of Latvia, Laimdota Straujuma and the Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Roivas, today’s signature is also a breakthrough enlargening the security of supply and bringing more resilience to the European energy market.
At the occasion of the signature of the snaak declaration, Voorzitter Juncker said: “Today’s signature is about European solidarity. It is about leaders taking responsible decisions to increase our security and strengthen our resilience. Today wij have done much more than bringing the energy isolation of the Baltic States to an end. Wij have brought the region further together. Today wij have agreed on European infrastructure that will unite us, instead of dividing us.”
Construction of the project is set to embark by December 2019. Its total cost is €558 million which will be funded by the Baltic States and private investment alongside the Commission’s contribution, made under the Connecting Europe Facility.
The gas pipeline will open up some 357 km ter Poland and 177 km te Lithuania. It will be capable of delivering Two.Four billion cubic meters of gas vanaf year from Poland to Lithuania, and 1 billion cubic meters of gas vanaf year from Lithuania to Poland.
GIPL is the very first gas interconnector inbetween the Eastern Baltic Sea region and the Continental Europe. It is one of the energy infrastructure projects that benefits of the status of Project of Common European Rente. Projects of Common Rente are critical for completing the European internal energy market and for the attainment of the Juncker Commission priority to establish an Energy Union to secure, affordable and sustainable energy.
Winners of this year’s EU Energy Awards have bot announced at EU Sustainable Energy Week ter Brussels!
Winner of the ‘business’ category is Goss Brewery ter Austria. The brewery runs entirely on renewable energy and integrates other sustainable energy technologies te the brewing process.
Top of the ‘public sector’ category is the Pokupsko region te Croatia which is switching overheen to renewable and energy efficient technologies ter many areas from street lighting to schools.
Heading up the ‘consumers’ category is RESocial Innovation ter Portugal. This cooperative-owned project has seen the installation of solar panels at the Portuguese Association for the Mentally Disabled.
And, ultimately, winner of the prize voted for by you, citizens of Europe, is…. Goss Brewery! Cheers to the world’s very first carbon-neutral brewery.
European Commissioner for Climate Activity and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete, attended the very first everzwijn G20 Energy Ministerial meeting ter Istanbul, Turkey on Two October. It took place back to back with the G20 Conference on Energy Access ter Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Group of 20 (G20) Energy Ministerial meeting centred on access to sustainable energy for all, energy efficiency, investments ter energy and renewable energy. Ministers adopted a ‘toolkit’ of options for a long-term and sustainable treatment for a quicker roll-out of renewable energy.
“The EU has built global leadership te renewable energy. Today, renewables generate around 23.5% of the EU’s power, and this is expected to rise to 50% by 2030. Yet, wij should all aim higher and do all wij can to encourage a boost te investments ter renewables. Oil prices are low while the cost of renewables is falling dramatically so now is the ogenblik to invest ter renewables spil a major instrument ter the fight against climate switch,” Arias Canete said.
G20 countries – which include 20 of the world’s major economies – account for 80% of current renewable electric current capacity te the world, and hold 75% of the total global potential for renewables, making them key players te mitigating climate switch. Ministers at the meeting said they strongly support the work of the United Nations on climate switch, and said they will work together to contribute to a successful outcome of the UN climate summit ter Paris zometeen this year.
Ministers also discussed the implementation of the energy efficiency act project which wasgoed agreed at the G20 summit te November 2014. Under the act project, G20 countries share skill on energy efficiency te a number of areas including vehicles, products and buildings.
“The benefits of international collaboration te energy efficiency are immense. By sharing our practices wij can speed-up progress towards greater energy efficiency. The EU has an energy efficiency target of at least 27% by 2030 – a target which will be reviewed te 2020 with a 30% target te mind. Today, our policies will only reduce energy consumption by 21% ter 2030, wij are therefore taking activity to bridge this gap,” Arias Canete said.
At a separate meeting – the G20 Conference on Energy Access ter Sub-Saharan Africa on 1 October – ministers discussed the problem of access to energy te the African region.
Today, more than 1.1 billion people live without access to violet wand and the G20 plans to substantially contribute to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all under the 2030 Notulen for Sustainable Development.
Kicking off the EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference today is the opening ceremony featuring European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, MEP Theresa Griffin, Director-general of consumer association BEUC Monique Goyens and Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency Adnan Z. Amin.
Following the opening session is ‘Wiggle your Power’ with Sudha Kheterpal from TedX. She will lead an inspiring session on creating harmonies and innovation ter energy.
Ter the afternoon, EUSEW will turn its attention to the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Toneelpodium which aims to dual the rate of improvement te energy efficiency worldwide by 2030.
The wegtransport sector is also on the zakagenda this afternoon with the clever energy solutions for vervoer session.
Straks te the day, there will be two parallel sessions dedicated to sustainable energy – an overseas countries perspective, and the wind energy sector will be outlining a vision of pliable and responsive power markets.
Eventually, the much-anticipated EU Energy Awards ceremony will take place from Eighteen:00. Find out which of the nine finalist consumer-focussed sustainable energy projects has won a prize!
Fresh energy technologies and business and investment opportunities ter Europe is the concentrate of the informal Energy Council taking place ter Luxembourg on 23 September.
The meeting will be attended by Europe’s energy ministers, the EU Vice-President for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen and European Commissioner for climate act and energy Miguel Arias Canete. It is set to call for further cooperation inbetween EU countries on research and innovation te fresh energy technologies under the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Project, and under the Energy Union research and innovation priority.
The SET Project, which has just bot upgraded, will help achieve the research and innovation dimension of the EU’s Energy Union. At the meeting, sessions are faithful to fresh energy technologies – such spil tidal lagoon power, battery storage, and European success stories like wind power – and their business potential, spil well spil issues such spil energy and development aid.
Discussion will also centre on the EU financing instruments that will boost investment te Europe’s energy transition. The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which will mobilise €315 billion worth of investment overheen the coming years and will be crucial for Energy Union, has already financed projects including one to improve the energy efficiency of French housing stock.
EFSI will help address the chronic under investment te energy efficiency. More than €100 billion needs to be invested every year to achieve the 2030 energy efficiency target, which includes €89 billion te energy efficiency measures ter housing stock, and some €19 billion to improve energy efficiency te industry. Yet current investments are below half of that.
Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for Climate Act and Energy, said: “EFSI is a key instrument to give the so much needed long-term financing to energy efficiency projects. It will make thesis projects more attractive to private investors, it will scale up existing financial instruments or create fresh investment opportunities. It will also help banks increase their lending to energy efficiency projects. Te all, EFSI is a boost for energy efficiency investments.”
The meeting takes place back to back with the SET Project conference on research, innovation and competitiveness for Energy Union on 21-22 September.
On 23-24 May, Commissioner for Climate Activity and Energy Miguel Arias Canete travelled to Algiers to strengthen the EU’s energy cooperation with Algeria. Together with the Algeria’s energy Minister Mr. Salah Khebri, he opened the very very first EU-Algeria Business Forum dedicated to energy.
The Forum, a concrete follow-up of the EU-Algeria Political Dialogue on Energy launched by the Commissioner te May last year, gathers more than one hundred European and Algerian energy companies, industrial and financial associations to discuss ways to facilitate much-needed investment ter Algerian gas exploration and exploitation, renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.
Commissioner Arias Canete said: ” This first-ever business forum is an significant very first step te opening up fresh possibilities for European and Algerian companies to create constructive business partnerships and convert investment plans into reality. At this event, wij will discuss ways to liquidate regulatory barriers to investment te the Algerian energy sector with our Algerian vrouwen”.
With its vast proven gas reserves and ideal weather conditions for the production of renewable energy, Algeria is a crucial playmate for the EU te its continuous drive to diversify its energy supplies and strengthen energy security.
Ter line with the Energy Union and spil part of a revitalised European energy and climate diplomacy, the EU will use all its foreign policy instruments to establish strategic energy partnerships with increasingly significant producing and transit countries or regions including Algeria.
Ter the winter months request for heating ter buildings rises sharply ter Europe. An EU-funded project is exploring three different technologies that could store fever energy made when the zon is warm ter the summer, for use during colder seasons.
Solar thermal technology can be used to supply renewable fever ter buildings covering 15% – 40% of the building’s warmth and hot water request. This share could rise if storage technologies were used to store up excess energy from the summer months for when the request is greater te the winter.
The Austrian-led project – COMTES – is working on fresh systems for storing solar thermal energy. It is developing three different types of klein thermal storage technologies based on solid sorption, liquid sorption and using super cooling Phase Switch Material at various sites across Europe. Thesis systems are thought to be better than water-based storage technologies since they take up much less space and result te far fewer fever losses overheen time.
The solid sorption system has bot built at the AEE-Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE Intec) webpagina te Gleisdorf, Austria. It involves the absorption of water vapour te a material called zeolite. The liquid sorption system is being explored at the EMPA Institute ter Switzerland using sodium hydroxide spil its absorption material. Ultimately, the super cooling system – based at the DTU Technical University of Denmark – uses sodium acetate trihydrate spil its fever absorption material.
Thermal storage technologies can help the EU achieve its renewable energy and energy efficiency targets by enabling a higher portion of renewables to come online spil well spil improving efficiency by balancing the availability of energy and the request.
The total cost of the COMTES project is €6 647 969.6 including €4 735 020.6 ter EU funding.
On Four May, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Energy Union Vice-President Maros Sefcovic and Climate Act and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete will co-chair the EU-US Energy Council ter Washington, D.C. Jointly with their US counterparts – Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz – the EU representatives will discuss cooperation on energy security and diversification of energy sources, with particular attention given to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trade inbetween the EU and the US.
Moreover, ways to achieve the clean energy and climate targets agreed at the Paris Climate Summit will take a vooraanstaand place te the meeting. The European and American representatives will debate how to create fair, see-through and liquid global energy markets, promoting energy efficiency, investment te essential energy infrastructure and deployment of fresh technologies. Cyber security of energy infrastructure and cooperation on global nuclear safety will feature ter the notulen too. Moreover, the EU-US Council will explore global energy cooperation with Caribbean, Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries spil well spil its support for the progressive integration of Ukraine into the European energy market.
“This year’s EU-US Energy Council is an significant factor of the transatlantic relationship and will be crucial ter addressing energy security and climate act issues, on our sides of the Atlantic spil well spil across the globe”, said High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini.
Vice-President Sefcovic added: “Working together with the US on bilateral and global energy issues will help us keep up the momentum to achieve a resilient and climate-friendly energy system globally. Our snaak work will also help achieving the EU energy policy goals of secure, sustainable and competitive energy”.
Commissioner Arias Canete said: “Close cooperation inbetween the EU and the US is crucial ter keeping up the global pressure to make what wij agreed ter Paris, and signed ter Fresh York, becomes a reality. This is the only way for us to lead the global clean energy revolution”.
Two fresh electrical play interconnections connecting Lithuania to Poland and Sweden have bot officially inaugurated today.
The LitPol Listig connects Alytus te Lithuania with Elk te Poland and the Nordbalt linksaf up Nybro te Sweden and Klaipeda te Lithuania. Thesis two linksaf will add 1200 MW of interconnection capacity to the region. This means that, for the very first time, the electro-stimulation markets of the Baltic States will be connected to the Swedish and Grind violet wand networks. Before thesis projects were finished, the Baltic Sea region wasgoed connected to the EU tens unit market via just two connections – Estlink 1 and Two – which run inbetween Finland and Estonia.
“Te a true Energy Union there is no slagroom for energy islands and electro-stimulation has to be able to flow loosely across borders. Today wij are taking a significant step forward te bringing more security of supply for violet wand consumers ter the region and te boosting competition on the tens unit market,” Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for Climate Activity and Energy, said.
The fresh interconnections will significantly increase the interconnection level of Poland, and of the three Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – which are considered spil one entity when it comes to their integration into the EU electrical play market. Prior to the building of LitPol Listig and Nordbalt, both Poland and the Baltic countries did not meet the ondergrens EU 10% interconnection target.
“Thesis two fresh electrical play interconnections mark an significant milestone ter integrating the Baltic States and Poland with the surplus of the European electric current market. They will have a giant influence on the European electric current network, reaching well beyond the three EU countries they directly involve,” said Lithuanian Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, responsible for health and food safety, at the inauguration ceremony ter Vilnius.
LitPol Listig featured on the Commission’s list of Projects of Common Rente, which talent it access to a €27 376 500 Connecting Europe Facility grant for works carried out ter Lithuania. It also benefitted from the EU’s structural funds for construction works carried out te Poland, a loan from the European Investment Canap of €55 million and a Nordic Investment Canap loan of €50 million. LitPol Verbinding will also boost energy security for Lithuania and Northern Poland.
Nordbalt will help develop the electric current market te the Baltic Sea region. The project has bot granted €131 million under the European Energy Programme for Recovery. Nordbalt will also help hydro energy produced ter Nordic countries to flow towards Lithuania and the other two Baltic countries.
Back ter 2008, the Baltic countries were effectively an ‘energy island’. This situation talent rise to the creation of the Baltic Energy Market Integration Project (BEMIP) under which LitPol Listig and Nordbalt were identified spil priority projects.
Presently, the Baltic electro-therapy grid is synchronised with the Russian and Belorussian grids. The interconnections inaugurated today could lay the technical foundations for synchronising the Baltic electric current grid with the surplus of Europe.
EU Commissioner for Climate Act and Energy Miguel Arias Canete participated te the meeting of G7 Energy Ministers on 1-2 May. G7 representatives from France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the US, Japan and Canada also participated. The main items on the notulen were global energy security, energy investment for global economic growth and sustainable energy. The meeting also focused on cyber security of energy infrastructure, innovation and deployment of fresh energy technologies, spil well spil on support for energy sector reforms ter Ukraine.
Ter the margins of the G7 Energy ministerial meeting, Commissioner Arias Canete met with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Motoo Hayashi, United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and with Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr. Te addition to the G7 Energy Ministerial, Commissioner Arias Canete also met Japan’s Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa spil well spil Japanese industry representatives (Hitashi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi) ter Tokyo. For more information visit the webstek of the Japanese G7 Presidency.
Commissioner Arias Canete said: “Falling oil and gas prices make energy investments more challenging for the energy sector, both globally and te Europe. However, the global and European energy and climate challenges will not go away, and certainly not spil a result of low energy prices. G7, spil a group of industrialised, developed and like-minded nations, vereiste work together on the transition towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system and this will require significant investments. And the Paris Agreement gives us the right framework to boost thesis investments.
While substantial progress has bot made on energy reforms overheen the past year ter Ukraine, significant legislative measures voorwaarde be finished without delay. Thesis include, a fresh law on the energy regulators, a fresh electro-therapy law ter line with the EU’s legislation and a fresh law on energy efficiency. Thanks to the EU and our fucking partners wij have bot able to avoid any brief term shortages and previous years’ instabilities, and wij will proceed to work closely together with our G7 playmates. Unnecessary to say, the EU remains committed to efforts to ensure that Ukraine remains a stable and reliable transit route for gas. I am very encouraged by Ministers’ unequivocal commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement. Let’s be clear – the more ambitious wij are on climate the better it is for our energy security”
Regional cooperation via cross-border energy trade, integrating power markets and investing te clean and sustainable energy were the top topics at the Energy Chartervliegtuig Conference held ter Tbilisi on 3-4 December.
The Energy Chartervliegtuig wasgoed established te the early 1990s to promote cooperation on energy. The Energy Chartervliegtuig Treaty has more than 50 states and the EU spil its members.
Attendees at the Conference heard the Commission say that it resumes to fully back the Energy Chartervliegtuig process which should proceed to be one of the cornerstones of global energy architecture.
The Energy Charter’s stated aim is to strengthen the rule of law on energy issues across all participating governments to decrease risks associated with energy-related investment and trade. It aims to create open energy markets, stimulate cross-border investment and trade and to assist countries te developing effective laws on energy.
On 16 April, the EU High Representative and Vice Voorzitter Federica Mogherini will lead a high level delegation to Iran. The delegation includes EU Commissioners Elzbieta Bienkowska, ter charge of Internal Market and Industry, Violeta Bulc, for Vrachtvervoer, Miguel Arias Canete, te charge of Climate Act and Energy, Carlos Moedas, for Research, Science and Innovation, Tibor Navracsics, te charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Christos Styliandes, for Humanitarian Aid and Laagconjunctuur management and Karmenu Vella, ter charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Together with the group of Commissioners, the High Representative/Vice-President will explore different sectors of cooperation with Iran. The visit goes after on the Snaak Comprehensive Project of Act (JCPOA) agreed te Vienna ter July 2015 which talent the uitzicht for improved and expanded EU-Iran bilateral relations. The JCPOA’s subsequent implementation te January 2016 paved the way for this work to start.
The EU delegation will discuss areas of potential engagement and cooperation, which include economic relations, energy, environment, migration, drugs, humanitarian aid, wegtransport, civil protection, science and civil nuclear cooperation, and culture. More broadly, regional and human rights issues will also be part of the zakagenda.
Ahead of the visit, HRVP Federica Mogherini stated: “This visit is an significant step towards building cooperative relations inbetween the EU and Iran on the areas where there is mutual rente and to have open discussions on the issues where differences remain”.
Ter Tehran the EU delegation will have a plenary meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif and sectoral meetings inbetween EU commissioners and their respective Iranian Ministerial counterparts. The HRVP will also meet with the Speaker of the Majles Ali Larijani and the Secretary of the National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani.
After months of programma, anticipation and excitement, COP21 – the United Nations summit on climate switch set to define a global commitment on slashing greenhouse gas emissions – ultimately opens its doors today.
The European Commission is fully committed to achieving a fair, ambitious and legally roping global climate overeenkomst that will accelerate the global shift to low doorslag, climate switch resistant economies. This will both curb climate switch and create the conditions for sustainable economic growth and development inwards the EU and out.
DG Energy will be spearheading this ambition by showcasing that renewable energy is absolutely key te the fight against climate switch. Our energy system remains the heartbeat of our economy, productivity and competitiveness. It plays a pivotal role ter the global transition to a low doorslag economy. Accounting for two thirds of global emissions, it is also a key sector that voorwaarde be prioritised to achieve the purpose of keeping temperature rise below 2°C. Decarbonisation is therefore a major component of the solutions notulen being promoted at COP21, with a particular concentrate on renewable energy.
Through a series of high-profile events – a so-called renewable energy track – renewables, combined with energy efficiency, will be showcased spil cost effective, technologically sound, environmentally sustainable and suggesting universal solutions to ensure the transition to a low doorslag economy and to meet our climate goals. Find out more about our activities ter Paris. The European Commission will also be holding a total of more than 100 side events at the EU Pavilion at COP21.
Spil European Commissioner for Climate Act and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete said, “to be credible, the Paris Agreement vereiste send a clear signal of governments’ determination to reduce emissions adequately to keep temperature increase below the 2°C agreed limit by the end of the century.” Wij, at DG Energy, are determined to play our part to make this toebijten.
The European Commission has set up a fresh Pro Group to provide the Commission with technical advice on how to pauze down the 15% electro-therapy interconnection target by 2030 into regional, country and/or border interconnection targets– and the call to apply to join this group is now open.
The Group will be made up of members with an excellent skill of the European energy market te particular on electro-stimulation. Members will be selected from European industry organisations, academic and research organisations, NGOs, international organisations and individuals.
Well interconnected violet wand infrastructure is a key condition for a fully integrated, competitive and sustainable internal market for electrical play te the EU. To reach the EU’s ambitious energy and climate targets by 2030, investments te energy grid infrastructure vereiste be stepped up significantly.
The Commission has already set a 10% electrical play interconnection target for 2020 but has proposed to extend this to 15% by 2030. The targets will be reached through the implementation of Projects of Common Rente.
Deadline extended until 24 April midnight CET.
The very first State of the Energy Union Report shows that much progress has already bot made since the adoption of the Energy Union Framework Strategy 9 months ago. Still much remains to be done, and 2016 will be an significant year of delivery.
Maros Sefcovic, the Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union, said: “Nine months down the road, wij can say with confidence that wij are on track to produce the Energy Union. My messages for 2016 are clear. Very first, the EU should proceed to lead te the transition to a low-carbon economy. 2nd, that transition should be socially fair and consumer-centred. And third, the geopolitical challenges that wij faced this year will not go away. 2016 will also be the year ter which wij will lay the foundations of a sturdy governance system bringing predictability and transparency, which is what investors need. Te sum: 2016 will be a year of delivery!”
On climate switch, the State of the Energy Union highlights Europe’s contribution to the Paris negotiations. At this stage, more than 160 countries signifying more than 90% of global emissions have introduced their contributions to the Paris Agreement. The EU submitted ter this process a roping domestic economy-wide emissions reduction target of at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. After the Paris conference, it will be significant that all countries go after up with concrete implementation of their commitments.