27 December 2017 2017 11:00 AM GMT

EU Parliament Aims Higher For Renewables In Its 2030 Climate And Energy Goals

The European Parliament’s Industry & Energy (ITRE) and Environment (ENVI) committees have now voted their position on the Energy Union Governance Regulation, steered by MEPs Claude Turmes and Michèle Rivasi from the Greens/EFA party. The vote comes just a week after the ITRE committee called for raising the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target to 35% instead of 27%. The Governance Regulation sets out how EU Member States will deliver the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy goals including the binding EU renewables target and how they will give visibility to renewables investors on post-2020 deployment volumes.

Members of the European Parliament adopted provisions that will provide key guidance to drive the energy transition. They requested that Member States submit National Energy & Climate Plans by 1 June 2019, six months earlier than the Council’s preference. MEPs also proposed important improvements in the content of the plans. They would cover how Member States intend to enhance energy system flexibility, improve transmission and distribution networks and limit unnecessary use of capacity mechanisms. MEPs requested that renewables deployment follows linear trajectories and is tracked against interim targets every other year. That will allow proper oversight of collective efforts. MEPs also voted in favour of a mechanism that will ensure measures are taken in case the EU is not on track to achieve its 2030 renewable energy target.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “It’s very good the European Parliament recognises the importance of having early National Energy & Climate Plans. With the International Energy Agency now saying wind will be Europe’s leading electricity source soon after 2030, we need these plans to tell the industry when and where Member States want to see renewables deployment.

“Asking Member States to commit to a linear renewable energy deployment trajectory is even more significant. To keep the jobs and growth our industry supports – €36bn contribution to EU GDP and 263,000 jobs – we need a strong and stable home market. Europe installs 12 GW of new wind capacity on average each year. Linear trajectories will help maintain this and, with it, the contribution the industry makes to the EU economy. Every €1000 invested in wind creates €250 value in the chemicals, steel and electronics sectors. Linear deployment is in the interest of these sectors too. Member States should take note and ratchet up their ambition on trajectories at the 18 December Energy Council.”

Photo: Courtesy of The European Parliament

January 22nd 2018
BASF Turn Hazardous Waste Into Clean Energy At World’s Largest Chemical Complex

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced that BASF has opened a state-of-the-art control room equipped with Honeywell Experion® technology at its waste incineration complex in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The plant’s six incinerators process hazardous waste that cannot be reused or recycled and convert it into steam and electrical power. The clean, reusable energy is channelled back into BASF’s production processes, helping the company save resources and reduce emissions. “Thanks to excellent cooperation with Honeywell, our 60-year-old plant now has one of the most modern control rooms in the world,” said Dr Karin Flore, head of waste incineration, BASF.

January 22nd 2018
European Parliament Gives A Resounding Vote In Favour Of Clean Energy In Europe

European lawmakers have called for a renewable energy target of 35% for 2030 – rather than the 27% which the European Commission proposed in 2016. The MEPs have now backed measures substantially raising the European Union’s clean-energy ambitions. By 2030, more than one-third of energy consumed in the EU should be from renewable sources such as wind and solar power. The measures are intended to help cut carbon dioxide emissions. The EU is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, releasing about 10% of global emissions. 

January 19th 2018
Chinese Solar Surge Fuels Overall Global Growth In Clean Energy Investment

World clean energy investment totalled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from 2016 and the second highest annual figure ever, taking cumulative investment since 2010 to $2.5 trillion. An extraordinary boom in photovoltaic installations made 2017 a record year for China’s investment in clean energy. This outpaced changes elsewhere, including jumps in investment in Australia and Mexico, and declines in Japan, the U.K. and Germany. The figures up 3% from a revised $324.6 billion in 2016, and only 7% short of the record figure of $360.3 billion, in 2015.


 

   

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