Displaying items by tag: Climate change

On 8 October, the European Parliament adopted the position it will take in the negotiations of the forthcoming EU climate law. The plenary voted in favour of a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This goes further than the Commission’s position, released in September, which called for a reduction of at least 55% by 2030. Once the Council (which represents the Member States) has adopted its own position on the issue, the three institutions will enter negotiations to draft the final climate law, which intends to turn the political objective of achieving a carbon-neutral EU by 2050 into a legal obligation.

The position adopted by the European Parliament would require not only the EU as a whole but also all Member State to become climate-neutral by 2050, and it states that the EU and the Member States should be climate-negative after 2050 (removing more greenhouse gases than they emit). Furthermore, the proposal calls for sufficient funding to achieve the stated goals, and it stipulates that all fossil fuel subsidies should be phased out by 2025.

The European Commission presented its plans to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels). The aim is to increase the ambition and set the pathway for the EU to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

The announcement includes an amendment to the proposed European Climate Law, to include the 2030 emissions reduction target. As next step, the European Parliament and Council of the EU are invited to confirm this 55% target under the Paris Agreement. The European Commission also announced the legislative proposals that will be presented by June 2021. These will be reviewed and proposals issued. For more information, please click here.

In its hydrogen strategy, the European Commission presents an ambitious push for hydrogen as an energy source. This includes the following targets

  • From 2020 to 2024, the EU will support the installation of at least 6 gigawatts of renewable hydrogen electrolysers and the production of up to one million tonnes of renewable hydrogen.
  • From 2025 to 2030, hydrogen should become an intrinsic part of the EU’s integrated energy system, with at least 40 gigawatts of renewable hydrogen electrolysers and the production of up to ten million tonnes of renewable hydrogen in the EU.

From 2030 to 2050, renewable hydrogen technologies should reach maturity and be deployed at large scale across all hard-to-decarbonise sectors. In the maritime area, the strategy has identified the potential of hydrogen in maritime transport. For the Commission, hydrogen can eventually be used for inland waterways and short-sea shipping as an alternative low emission fuel. For longer-distance shipping, fuel cell power can be scaled up from one to multiple megawatts, as well as use renewable hydrogen for the production of synthetic fuels, methanol or ammonia.

The Commission also launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance with industry leaders, civil society, national and regional ministers and the European Investment Bank. The Alliance will build up an investment pipeline for scaled-up production and support demand for clean hydrogen in the EU. Interested companies and organisations can join the Alliance. More information can be found here.

The full Hydrogen Strategy can be found here.

Published in Newsletter July 2020

Deadline: 20 August 2020

The Commission is consulting on the EU’s new strategy on adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The Commission aims to present the new strategy in early 2021, which is part of the European Green Deal. A blueprint for the strategy is provided for context, as well as to indicate possible directions of development. It can be found here.

EBI will provide input to the consultation but invites members, stakeholders and interested parties to also provide specific feedback they may have. The consultation can be found here.

Published in Newsletter July 2020

Deadline: 24 September 2020

As part of the Green Deal, the European Commission is working on a new offshore renewable energy strategy. This should provide the strategic direction for the EU’s ambitious plans of increasing offshore wind parks in the next decades. EBI will provide input to the consultation but invites members, stakeholders and interested parties to also provide specific feedback they may have.

The public consultation can be found here.

Published in Newsletter July 2020
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 14:41

Public consultation on EU Arctic policy

Deadline: 10 November 2020

The EU’s Arctic policy has been updated regularly since it was first outlined in 2008. The consultation will be a broad reflection on the current policy addressing new challenges and opportunities, including the EU's ambitions under the European Green Deal. The consultation seeks input on the strengths and shortfalls of the existing policy, with a view to possibly preparing an updated approach.

The public consultation can be found here.

Published in Newsletter July 2020

Deadline: 10 September 2020

The FuelEU Maritime initiative aims to increase the use of sustainable alternative fuels in European shipping and ports by addressing market barriers that hamper their use and uncertainty about which technical options are market-ready. It is part of a package to bring the maritime transport sector in line with the EU’s ambition of climate-neutrality by 2050.

The public consultation can be found here.

Published in Newsletter July 2020

The Commission invites interested parties to submit views on the EU’s new adaptation strategy in view of increasingly frequent and intense climate change impacts. As part of the European Green Deal, the Commission aims to put forward a new Adaptation Strategy in early 2021.

A blueprint for the strategy is provided for context, as well as indicate possible directions of development and stimulate the debate. It can be found here. EBI will provide input to the consultation but invites members and interested parties to provide specific feedback they may have. The online consultation is open until 20 August 2020 and can be found here.

Published in Newsletter May 2020

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The 2020 calls for proposal were now issued for the environment and climate action sub-programmes. Specific measures were taken to take into account the COVID-19 outbreak, including a one-month extension of deadlines. For the full information and application information, please click here.

Published in Newsletter May 2020