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Cities for Mobility World Congress 2009; Stuttgart (D) 14-16 June
International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting; Berlin (D), Germany, 16-18 June



State Aid

New rules on state aid to ship management companies

The European Commission has provided new and detailed guidance on state aid granted to ship management companies. These rules complement the 2004 guidelines on state aid to maritime transport. Under the guidance adopted  the tonnage tax may be applied to all ship managers, as long as they contribute to the development of the European maritime cluster and, more importantly, that they make a commitment to implement the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 ahead of its entry into force.

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Europe accelerates the ERTMS North-South rail freight axis

The European Union has set an important step towards developing a North-South rail freight axis using the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). The Ministers of Transport from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Italy signed, in presence of the European Commission's Vice-President in charge of Transport Antonio Tajani, a letter of intent settling long term development objectives for the rail freight corridor "Stockholm – Copenhagen – Hamburg –Munich – Innsbruck - Verona –Naples".

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Emergency Stocks

Energy Council – 12 June 2009

The energy council will take place in Luxembourg tomorrow morning. The main point in the agenda is the vote on the Oil Stocks Directive, although there are going to be discussions on Energy Efficiency and International Relations.

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New study shows economic benefits of supporting renewable energy sources

A new study, which was conducted on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Energy and Transport, is the first study to assess the economic effects of supporting renewable energy sources (RES) in detail, looking not only at jobs in the RES sector itself, but taking into account its impact on all sectors of the economy. It found that policies that support RES give a significant boost to the economy and the number of jobs in the EU. Improving current policies so that the target of 20% RES in final energy consumption in 2020 can be achieved will provide a net effect of about 410,000 additional jobs and 0.24% additional gross domestic product (GDP).

In 2005 the RES sector employs 1.4 million people and generates €58 billion value added
The total gross value added generated by the RES industry reaches €58 billion in 2005, equal to 0.58% of EU Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The RES sector employs roughly 1.4 million people, equal to 0.65% of the total EU workforce. About 55% of value added and employment occurs directly in the RES sector and 45% in other sectors due to the purchase of goods and services.

Two scenarios for the future: current RES policies and stronger RES policies
The impact on GDP and future employment is shown below for two key scenarios:
• Current RES support policies (Business as Usual (BAU) scenario) lead to a share of RES in final energy consumption of 14% by 2020 and 17% by 2030.
• Stronger RES support policies (Accelerated Deployment Policies (ADP) scenario) lead to a share of RES in final energy consumption of 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2030.
This shows that, to meet the EU’s 2020 target for RES, stronger support policies than those currently implemented are needed.

Both scenarios assume an oil price increasing to $100 per barrel by 2020 ($109 per barrel by 2030) and a price for CO2 in the sectors covered by the EU Emission Trading System increasing to €34 per ton in 2020 (€44 per ton in 2030), which is in line with the high-price scenario of the European Commission. All prices refer to the base year 2005.

The two scenarios of European RES deployment are combined with three scenarios that represent a possible range of future world market shares taken by European economies in the field of RES technologies: a pessimistic, a moderate (ME) and an optimistic (OE) export scenario.

Net results are calculated by taking into account all the economic effects mentioned above and by comparing the two RES scenarios with a hypothetical scenario where all RES support policies are abandoned as of 2006 (no-policy scenario). Net results are thus additional to the economic effect of RES plants that would have been built without support.

Achieving the 2020 RES target leads to total gross value added in the RES sector of about 1.1% of GDP
Assuming business as usual polices and moderate export expectations (BAU-ME scenario), the total gross value added of the RES sector in the EU-27 in 2020 would amount to €99 billion (0.8% of total GDP). Based on the Accelerated Deployment Policy scenario (ADP-ME) the value would amount to €129 billion (1.1% of total GDP).

Compared to a situation with no RES policies implemented after 2006, the additional gross value added due to RES policies amounts to €22 billion or 0.19% of total GDP for the BAU-ME scenario and €52 billion or 0.44% of total GDP for the ADP-ME scenario.

The total gross value added of the RES sector may increase up to €197 billion by 2030 in case of the Accelerated Deployment Policy scenario combined with optimistic export expectations (ADP-OE).

Achieving the 2020 RES target leads to a net increase in GDP of about 0.24%
The net GDP change due to RES policies in 2020 is expected to amount to 0.11% - 0.14% under the BAU-ME scenario and to 0.23% - 0.25% under the ADP-ME scenario for the EU-27 (ranges according to results of the two models used). Again this is in comparison with a hypothetical scenario in which all RES support policies are abandoned.






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Evaluation and Revision of the Action Plan for Energy Efficiency [COM (2006) 545]

The aftermath of the expiry of Regulation (EC) No 1407/2002 on State aid to the coal industry

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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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