19 April 2012

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"Energising Development": Commission's new initiative to help achieve energy access for all by 2030

Brussels, 16 April 2012 - A new EU energy initiative which will provide access to sustainable energy for an additional 500 million people in developing countries by 2030 was today announced by European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso. Speaking at the EU Sustainable Energy for All Summit in Brussels, the President unveiled this EU commitment in the framework of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last year.

The Commission's proposals include a new EU Technical Assistance Facility worth €50 million over the next two years, which will support those developing partners that "opt in" to the initiative by providing EU expertise in the field; thereby promoting sustainable development and inclusive growth.

 

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More information: EU Sustainable Energy for All Summit Top

 

Thematic Network on Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection (TNCEIP) discusses Contingency Planning in the energy sector

European energy companies are well prepared for coping with emergency situations by using the principles and methodologies of “Contingency Planning”, a concept akin to “Emergency Planning”, “Business Continuity Planning” or “Disaster Recovery Planning”.
The Thematic Network on Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection (TNCEIP) met on 8th March 2012 in London. Energy operators exchanged experiences on their approach and methodologies to manage emergencies affecting the normal functioning of facilities and infrastructures, including procedures to restore supply after major disruptions. Some real emergency cases were presented, with explanation of the measures taken to mitigate the impact and to restore operations as efficiently and quickly as possible. The integration with National civil protection schemes and the framework of European related policies was also addressed by the operators and experts attending the meeting.
TNCEIP meetings are held on a quarterly basis and membership is open to any European company operating energy facilities and/or infrastructures. The next meeting is scheduled for 27 June in Milano, Italy. This meeting will focus on discussing the impact of present and future policies on Critical Infrastructure Protection on their energy business.
For more information on TNCEIP meetings and application for membership, please contact the European Commission at: ener-B1-cei- security@ec.europa.eu.


More information: DG ENER website on critical infrastructure

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NER 300 sales strengthened by EIB membership of EEX and ICE

The European Investment Bank has become a member of the European Energy Exchange, EEX and ICE Futures Europe, ICE. Admission for trading on the two exchanges will enhance sales methods by the European Investment Bank under the NER 300 programme. IT preparations are complete and on exchange emission allowance sales are expected to begin in the coming days.

The NER 300 initiative is the world’s largest funding programme for carbon capture and storage demonstration projects and innovative renewable energy technologies. The long-term lending institution of the European Union has agreed to sell a total of 300 million EU emission allowances on behalf of the European Commission. Exchange membership will allow both direct and auction sales on the two exchanges, and allows greater flexibility compared with OTC trading alone. The EIB has become a member of both the EEX Derivatives Market for Emissions Allowances and ICE Futures Europe.

The European Investment Bank has also been admitted as a clearing member by European Commodity Clearing and ICE Clear Europe. Being a clearing member will allow the European Investment Bank to directly settle and clear all transactions made on the exchange.


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Winners of 2012 GreenBuilding and GreenLight Awards


These awards, launched by the European Commission in 2005 and 2000 respectively, promote the reduction of energy consumption by public and private organisations on a voluntary basis.

GreenBuilding promotes improved energy efficiency through several measures such as thermal insulation, efficient heating and cooling, intelligent control systems and solar panels. The programme currently has 364 partners with 616 buildings, which achieved energy savings of 514 000 MWh in 2011.

GreenLight, which promotes highly efficient lighting, has currently 710 partners, who achieved total energy savings of 304 000 MWh in 2011.

This year's jury was composed of Barbara Cuniberti, an Italian architect specialised in energy efficiency in buildings; Marion Elle, a German energy efficiency expert and the JRC programme manager, Paolo Bertoldi.
 

See who are the winners.
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