3 June 2010

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Public consultation: "Initiative for the integrity of traded energy markets"

The European Commission is currently developing an initiative to ensure the integrity of wholesale energy markets. A public consultation has thereby been launched on 31 May with objective to seek interested parties' views on possible options for such an initiative. This will feed into an Impact Assessment which will define the most appropriate policy option and the way forward.

The target groups of the consultation are public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, citizens, consumer organisations, environmental organisations.

More: Relevant documents helping to put the consultation in context


Council conclusions on the forthcoming Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020

The Energy Council, which was held on 31 May, took note of a progress report from the Presidency on the regulation concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply. In preparation of the European Council of 17 June 2010, ministers held an exchange of views concerning the approach to national targets for energy efficiency on basis of an oral presentation from the Commission.

The core of the meeting was devoted to the Energy Ministers' discussion on the forthcoming Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020, as a first contribution to the consultation process launched by the Commission for the preparation of its new strategy. The Council also adopted conclusions on this issue. In addition, both the Presidency and the Commission presented recent developments with regard to international relations in the energy field.

The Energy Council was chaired by the Spanish Secretary of State for Energy, Pedro Luis Marín Uribe. Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy represented the European Commission.

More: Council conclusions: "Towards a new Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020"



Building Bridges with China in the Energy Field: GREEN ENERGY FOR SMART CITIES at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai


’GREEN ENERGY FOR SMART CITIES’ is the European Commission's flagship event at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

During this event, organised from 5 to 7 July 2010 at the European Union-Belgian pavilion, prominent experts from the EU and from China will present their achievements and projects on energy. The event aims at deepening the EU-China cooperation and sharing visions on urban development, discussing best practices, exchanging information and networking at political and administrative level to achieve better and faster results at a global scale.

  • On 5 July, at the 'EU-China Smart City Forum', Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy will deliver a keynote speech on ‘EU and China: together for better cities and for better lives’ making an explicit reference to the overall theme of the World Expo 2010. DG ENER will present its ‘Covenant of Mayors’ initiative. From their side, Chinese government will explain their achievements and projects for energy successful urban initiatives.

  • On 6 and 7 July, at ‘Building Bridges: China-EU Energy Cooperation Conference’, a high-level Opening Ceremony will be followed by a series of half-day conferences on renewable energies, smart grids and alternative fuels.

Following the event a European business delegation will visit hi-tech zones and techno-centers situated in the Shanghai region in order to establish contacts, which could lead to a longstanding relationship.


More: Preliminary agenda


China's endeavours in the energy field

Today, China is really improving its energy policy towards a cleaner one. The major impetus for China to be proactive in the energy field is to secure its energy needs. Some recent figures are striking:

  • China invested 576.3 billion yuan in the power sector in 2008;

  • In 2008, China added 90 million kW of power generation capacity, including 20.1 million kW of hydropower capacity, 65.75 million kW of coal-fired capacity and 4.66 million kW of wind power capacity;

  • China has currently 11 nuclear power reactors (9GWe) in commercial operation and another 22 under construction. Four nuclear power reactors in China, whose construction is scheduled to begin in 2009 and 2010, will use the third-generation technology.

  • Regarding RES, China achieved in 2008 (i.e. two years ahead of schedule) its 2010 objective of having 10% of electricity power capacity coming from renewable energy sources.


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