Yesterday the Secretariat of the Energy Community, the international treaty integrating the energy markets of the EU and its neighbours, published its Annual Implementation Report. The report shows that none of the Energy Community member states which have coal in their energy mix are in compliance with the emission ceilings established under their National Emission Reduction Plans (NERPs) for at least one of the three pollutants (nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and dust) of the Large Combustion Plants Directive (LCPD).
Latest climate and energy preliminary data published today by the European Environment Agency show that greenhouse gas emissions have decreased in the EU from 2017 to 2018, but that progress in renewable energy share and energy efficiency is clearly too slow.
At a pledging conference in Paris today, seven European countries confirmed their commitment to double their previous contributions for the Green Climate Fund replenishment. But some other European governments continue to dodge their responsibility.
Today EU employment and social policy ministers adopted underwhelming conclusions of ECA’s latest report on the state of play in renewables progress, without committing to concrete actions to revive the boom of renewable energy.
According to draft conclusions of the European Council, EU leaders meeting today and tomorrow look forward to a proposal from the European Commission to establish a Just Transition Fund.
The new president of the European Commission von der Leyen has made the European Green Deal a top priority for the European Union. Her political commitments put a strong emphasis on how EU funds can further support the clean energy transition in line with a more ambitious climate policy. The future EU budget, which will be discussed by EU leaders this week, must translate this ambition into a reality.
The European Parliament voted today for an increase of climate action spending in the next EU budget, calling for a quantum leap in financial efforts in order to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.
During his hearing in the European Parliament today, Commissioner-designate Frans Timmermans, pledged to propose an increase of the EU 2030 climate target to 55% emission cuts. The timing of this proposal however might not allow for Member States' approval well in time before the UN Climate Summit in November 2020, thereby depriving the EU of its global climate leadership role.