No 291 - Weekly - 19 December 2008

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The Commission's integrated energy and climate change proposal 2008

Mid-term review of the 2001 Transport White Paper
Mid-term review of the 2001 Transport White Paper

Europe Direct

Sustainable Energy Europe 2005-2008




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International Exhibition EnergyReS ’09: Athens, February 19-22, 2009

ASI and Marketforce's 14th Annual Conference, Vienna, March 17, 2009

ITA World Tunnel Congress, Budapest, May 23-28, 2009


Intelligent Transport Systems: Action Plan

Intelligent Transport Systems and Services: initiative for accelerated deployment across Europe

The European Commission took a major step towards the deployment and use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in road transport. ITS can significantly contribute to a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system. The action plan adopted on 16 December suggests a set of concrete measures and a Directive laying down the framework for their implementation.

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Eco-design of Energy-Using Products

Ecodesign: Commission reduces standby electricity consumption

The Commission adopted on 17 December the ecodesign regulation to reduce standby energy consumption of all household and office products. The regulation lays down energy efficiency requirements which will cut the standby electricity consumption by almost 75% by 2020.

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Questions and Answers on the revised EU Emissions Trading System

Climate change: Commission welcomes final adoption of Europe's climate and energy package

With the vote in the European Parliament on the climate and energy package, the EU finalised on 17 December a deal that will help Europe transform into a low-carbon economy and increase energy security. Fully in line with the Commission's proposals in January 2008, agreement has been reached on legally binding targets, by 2020, to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, to establish a 20% share for renewable energy, and to improve energy efficiency by 20%. Deals were hammered out on revisions to the emissions trading system, the distribution of the reduction effort outside of the emissions trading system, a legal framework for environmentally safe carbon capture and storage (CCS) as well as on the related proposals on CO2 emissions from cars and on fuel quality. As the first region in the world to commit to such far-reaching and legally binding emission reductions, Europe is leading the fight against climate change. This vote is an important contribution towards an ambitious international climate agreement to be reached in Copenhagen by the end of 2009.

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GEEREF: a global risk capital fund to boost investment in energy efficiency and renewables

GEEREF clean energy fund decides on first investment of €22 million to support projects in Africa and Asia

The Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) set up by the European Commission to provide clean energy to developing countries and economies in transition has decided on a first set of investments totalling €22 million. Contributing to the fight against climate change, the investments will finance small-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan and southern Africa as well as in Asia. The announcement was made on 11 December by European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas at a presentation of the GEEREF at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań, Poland.

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Financial Programming and Budget website

Commission to reopen financial framework to fund energy and broadband projects

On 10 December, the European Commission proposed to revise the EU financial framework to source the €5 billion required by the Economic Recovery Plan (IP/08/1771) for trans-European energy interconnections and broadband infrastructure investment. The money will help improve energy supply security and boost the number of faster internet connections in the EU-27. The proposal uses part of the financial margins available in the EU budget under agriculture for 2008 and 2009 and shifts them to the budget heading for Competitiveness for Growth and Employment in 2009 and 2010. This means using funds that would otherwise remain unspent, while staying within the overall ceiling of the EU budget. The proposal does not change the total amount set out in the 2007-2013 financial framework, nor does it compromise spending for agriculture. The next step is to reach an agreement with Council and European Parliament.

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European Strategy Forum
on Research Infrastructures

Ten major new EU research infrastructures welcomed by European Commission

Infectious diseases, carbon dioxide management, natural disasters warning, space observation: there are among the top priorities areas where 10 new Pan-European Research Infrastructures will be set up. The European Commission is supporting this commitment as a key step in building the European Research Area and addressing the most important needs of society. This new wave of Research Infrastructures was unveiled on 9 December at the European Conference on Research Infrastructures 2008, jointly organised by the European Commission and the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), in Versailles. The roadmap will include ambitious projects such as high security labs for research on fatal human pathogens, cutting edge installations to test technologies for carbon dioxide capture and storage, state-of-the-art radars to study the Earth’s atmosphere, infrastructures to better understand the physical processes controlling earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis and new generation telescopes for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy.

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For a complete list of current public consultations please go to Consultations on Energy issues and Consultations on Transport issues

Public Consultations

In this section you will find the newest calls for submissions to public consultations in fields of energy and transport.

Topic of Consultation   Deadline

Inter-TSO compensation mechanism and harmonisation of transmission tarification

Green Paper Towards a Secure, Sustainable and Competitive European Energy Network

The impact of the use of body scanners in the field of aviation security on human rights, privacy, personal dignity, health and data protection







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Time-limit for receipt of tenders

Study on weekly oil reporting

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Please note that the announcement of technical reports and documents recently produced in specific energy and transport sectors can be found on the "What's New" pages of the corresponding chapters of Energy and Transport on the EUROPA website.

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