Energy Union

The European Commission has announced that it would release its "Winter Package" on November, 30th.      The long-awaited legislative package is, as E3G consultancy names it, a "once-in-a-decade" set of reforms, containing 4 sets of legislative measures shaping the energy market, use of sources, energy efficiency targets and policies. An updated Energy Efficiency Directive, which will set out the design and implementation plans for a new efficiency target for 2030, alongside a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.    
Post date: 29 Nov 2016
Type: News

The Strategic Energy Technology Plan 2016 - Central European Energy Conference X (SET Plan 2016 - CEEC X) will be held from 30 November to 2 December 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event will be held during Slovakia’s EU Council Presidency and will create a prestigious international platform for open discussion on the most important issues regarding current EU energy policy and Research and Innovation policy between stakeholders.  
Post date: 24 Ott 2016
Type: Evento

I used to think that Western democracies protect their citizens from “la pensée unique” (a narrow and single way of thinking). My concerns relate to the “consensus” in the “energy efficiency community” about how the “Better Regulation Package” would impact negatively existing EU climate and energy policies. Our plethora of climate and energy instruments make me think of Jules Henri Poincaré’ s definition of science which states that “science is built with facts as a house is with stones, but a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house”.
Post date: 28 Giu 2016
Type: Note

The 2016 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week was about empowering consumers. At the opening ceremony, Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, the commissioner of climate and energy, made it clear that the energy transition is also about the active consumer engagement in the energy system. After centuries of relegating the energy consumer to a passive role, as simply a purchaser of (mostly) dirty energy sources, EU citizens will slowly move to a more active position by becoming energy producers: producers of energy savings and renewable energies.
Post date: 28 Giu 2016
Type: Note

  A number of European NGOs have published two guides on the Energy Efficiency First principle: one explaining what it means and the other what governance structure is needed to realise it.  
Post date: 21 Giu 2016
Type: News

On 28 May 2016, EU institutions will open their doors to the public, keeping a long-standing tradition. DG Energy and DG Clima will have a stand in the Commission’s Berlaymont building near Rond Point Schuman, in Brussels, Belgium.   Hosting the ‘Energy Union and Climate Action village’, the two DGs will showcase what a city of the future will look like, complete with zero-energy model buildings and electric vehicles. There will also be a quiz and game for attendees, available in many different languages.  
Post date: 10 Mag 2016
Type: News

On 25 February 2015, the Commission adopted "A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy". The publication of this strategy created a new momentum to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy and to deliver on one of the 10 priorities of the Juncker Commission.
Post date: 25 Feb 2016
Type: News