13 January 2011

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Biofuels: Commission adopts Report on indirect land use change

On 22 December 2010, the Commission published a report on indirect land use change related to biofuels and bioliquids. The report acknowledges that indirect land use change can reduce greenhouse gas emissions savings associated with biofuels, but also identifies a number of uncertainties associated with the available models.

The report announces that the Commission will conduct an impact assessment, thereby taking into consideration potential changes to the existing legislation. If needed, the Commission will recommend to address this issue under a precautionary approach. In addition the Commission will continue to conduct work in this area in order to ensure that policy decisions are based on the best available science and to meet its future reporting obligations on this matter.

Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger said: "The potential effects of indirect land use need to be properly weighed in our biofuels policy. It is in our interest to investigate this seriously and ensure to have a legislation that avoids negative side effects."

Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: "We have to ensure that the biofuels we promote deliver clear greenhouse gas savings. Although we have developed robust sustainability criteria for their production, we must not ignore any unwanted impacts that may be caused globally as a result of the additional demand. Action in the field should follow a precautionary approach."


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The second edition of ENEF news has been released

ENEF news appears three times a year to keep the public and everyone involved in the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) informed about the work of this process.

The second edition looks back at the fifth Plenary Meeting in Bratislava, the IAEA General Conference and the proposed waste directive. The results of ENEF work on financing and lifetime extensions are also presented.

The European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) is a unique platform for a broad discussion, free of any taboos, on transparency issues as well as the opportunities and risks of nuclear energy. Founded in 2007, ENEF gathers all relevant stakeholders in the nuclear field: governments of the 27 EU Member States, European Institutions including the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee, nuclear industry, electricity consumers and the civil society.


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Conclusions from the Annual Report of the European Coordinator for the "Connection of offshore wind power in Northern Europe"


The Decision No 1364/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 laying down guidelines for trans-European energy networks (TEN-E), foresees the appointment of European coordinators in order to monitor and to facilitate the implementation of the most critical identified priority projects.

In this context, Georg Wilhelm Adamowitsch was appointed on 12 September 2007 by the Commission as European Coordinator for the "Connection of offshore wind power in Northern Europe (North Sea – Baltic Sea)".

The European Coordinator's role is to contribute to the cross-border dialogue between different stakeholders (Governments, Regulators, Transmission System Operators, Industry …) and promote the European dimension of the grid development.

In his third Report, the EU Coordinator presents his findings and provides information on the North Seas Countries’ Offshore Grid Initiative (NSCOGI) Working Groups in which these findings, which are partly expert opinions, are to be debated.

The First and Second Annual Reports regarding the work of the European Coordinator for the "Connection of offshore wind power in Northern Europe (North Sea – Baltic Sea)" can be found on the Europa website.


Conclusions of the Annual Activity Report

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in December 2010 by NSCOGI represented a major European-level progress towards addressing the issues surrounding the need for a European transmission network linking the future offshore parks in the North and Baltic Seas.

In fact, the integration of the North and Baltic Seas' offshore potentials is vital to the development of a European internal energy market.

Furthermore, the ambitious European and national climate and energy goals cannot be achieved without an integrated grid strategy.


To create the conditions for a Europe-oriented  linkage of these offshore potentials, the following basic issues must be analysed:

  • cross-border regulation;

  • planning and authorisation prerequisites;

  • technical prerequisites;

  • financial conditions;

  • criteria for a functional European internal market in electricity.


Work Programme

 The EU Coordinator supports the intention of the North Seas Countries' Offshore Grid Initiative (NSCOGI) to formulate this analysis by the end of 2012.

Finally, NSCOGI Member States have decided to involve the EU Coordinator's informal "Adamowitsch Working Group" in this process in order to assist in discussing the abovementioned issues.


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