No 314 - Weekly - 18 June 2009

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Tajani: Shaping transport policy for the future

A reflection process launched by the European Commission, involving stakeholders and transport experts, identified six main trends and challenges that will shape the future of transport policy over the coming decades – aging, migration and internal mobility, environmental challenges, the availability of energy resources, urbanisation and globalisation. This demonstrates the need to focus future European transport policy on the pursuit of an integrated, technology-based and user-friendly transport system. With today's adoption of the Communication on the future of transport 1 , the European Commission wants to stimulate further debate that aims at identifying concrete policy proposals for its next Transport White Paper scheduled for 2010.

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Commission gives green light to Italian State aid for a new combined freight transport service

The European Commission decided today not to raise objections to a start-up aid for the new rail-based transport service between the Port of Naples and Nola Interport, one of the main industrial ports of Italy, near Naples.

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Single European Sky

 

Aviation : Antonio Tajani réitère l'importance du Ciel Unique Européen

Le Vice-président de la Commission européenne, Antonio Tajani, a visité  la 100 ème édition du Salon de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace à Bourget.

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Maritime Transport

 

Commission refuses amendment to Danish tonnage tax scheme

The European Commission has refused a change Denmark intended to make to its flat-rate tonnage-based tax scheme (tonnage tax) for shipping companies. The Danish authorities had proposed to exempt maritime companies which benefit from a tonnage tax regime from their obligation to systematically send fiscal authorities financial information relating to their transactions with any of their foreign affiliates.

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State Aid

 

Commission gives green light to Italian State aid for a new combined freight transport service

The European Commission has decided not to raise objections to a start-up aid for the new rail-based transport service between the Port of Naples and Nola Interport, one of the main industrial ports of Italy, near Naples.

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The Baltic Sea Region States reach agreement on the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan

Eight Baltic Sea Member States signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan with European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso. The Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) is the fruit of nine months work at the initiative of the Commission to look at concrete measures to connect Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia better to wider EU energy networks.

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State Aid to the Coal Industry

 

Commission approves aid for German coal mining companies

The Commission has approved State aid covering exceptional costs – resulting from the restructuring and closure of mines – and granting current production aid to German coal mining companies in 2009.

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Energy Efficiency

 

Energy Star: Commission and the US reinforce the energy efficiency standards for office equipment

The European Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency have today to make new ambitious specifications for computers, copiers and printers under the EU-US Energy Star Programme. The new criteria are effective from 1 July, and are expected to trigger 22 TWh electricity savings during the next four to six years in the EU which is comparable to the annual electrictiy consumption of Ireland. ENERGY STAR is part of the EU's strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.

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Security of Supply

 

Enhancing Asia-Europe cooperation on energy security: Commission hosts First ASEM Energy Ministerial meeting

The first ASEM Energy Ministerial Meeting was hosted by European Commissioners for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner and for Energy, Andris Piebalgs in Brussels on 18 June 2009. Foreign and Energy Ministers from Asia and Europe will discuss a range of topics related to international energy policy like improving energy policies, sustainable energy choices, and global energy markets and trade. Based on the seventh ASEM Summit in Beijing last year as well as on the Energy Security Forum held in Hanoi in April 2008 participants will look into possible ways for enhancing Asia-Europe cooperation to address common energy security challenges. At the same time Ministers will work on preparations for the eight ASEM Summit in October 2010 in Brussels.

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Security of Supply

 

Commission welcomes the Council agreement on oil stocks which improves EU's readiness in case of supply crises

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has welcomed the Energy Council's decision on the new directive on emergency oil stocks, which the Commission adopted last November as a part of its security of supply package. "Whilst the Council did not retain some elements of our original proposal, I'm satisfied that the new legislation will bring the EU system of oil stocks closer to current international practices and strengthen the Community's capacity to use the stocks effectively so as to minimize the negative effect on consumers in case of a supply crisis", said Commissioner Piebalgs.

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State aid: Commission authorises proposed Danish CO2 tax reductions under certain conditions

The European Commission has cleared under EC Treaty state aid rules a Danish project to grant CO2 tax relief to companies covered by the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), subject to conditions. After an in-depth investigation, opened in September 2006 (see IP/06/1274), the Commission concluded that if the proposed full tax exemption would be implemented, some of the environmental objectives which a tax on energy products aims to achieve would be lost. The Commission also had concerns that a full tax exemption would distort competition by increasing tax differentiations in an area where the EU has harmonised taxes and set tax minima to create a level playing field between companies. The Commission therefore approved the measure under the condition that it is amended so that all concerned companies pay an energy tax respecting at least the harmonised minima tax levels.

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Commission launches BUILD UP web portal to help cut energy consumption for buildings

The European Commission has launched  the BUILD UP web portal on http://www.buildup.eu/ as a tool for sharing information on reducing energy use of buildings. Content will be regularly updated and enhanced by users themselves to cover a wide range of good practice in energy reduction and of information on legislation.

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Directive 2002/91/EC

 

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The BUILD UP initiative

The European Commission BUILD UP initiative supports EU Member States in implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Its new interactive web portal offers access to a wide range of information on best practices, technologies and legislation for energy reduction supplied by the users themselves. Building professionals, public authorities, umbrella organisations and home owners and tenants will have tailored access allowing the sharing of information across Europe.

BUILD UP is intended to reap the benefits of Europe's collective intelligence on energy reduction in buildings for all relevant audiences. It will bring together new practitioners and professional associations while motivating them to exchange best working practices and knowledge and the transfer of tools and resources.

The new web portal will:

·   Enable Home owners and tenants

·    Help building professionals

·     Provide public authorities

·     Involve umbrella organisations such as energy agencies, industrial associations or non-governmental organisations with an interest in energy saving in buildings and enable them to tell others about their activities and share their successes. Not only will these organisations be able to increase visibility and share resources such as guidelines and best practices, but they will also be able to launch thematic virtual communities through the web portal.

BUILD UP is funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy - Europe Programme, which is managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission.

Supporting the energy policy agenda

The EU agreed in November 2008 a political agenda to achieve its core energy objectives of sustainability, competitiveness and security of supply. This agenda will lead to a substantial change to Europe's energy system, with public authorities, energy regulators, infrastructure operators, the energy industry and home owners and tenants all actively involved. A key aspect was the adoption of a package of energy-efficiency proposals intended to make savings in key areas, such as buildings.

Reducing the energy use of buildings without compromising comfort and quality is a key challenge. The energy performance of buildings in Europe is currently determined by the EPBD (Directive 2002/91/EC). This was adopted on 16 December 2002 as part of Community initiatives on climate change in relation to commitments under the Kyoto Protocol and security of supply .

·    A methodology for calculating the integrated energy performance of buildings

·     Minimum standards on the energy performance of new buildings and existing buildings subject to major renovation

·      Systems for the energy certification of new and existing buildings

·       Regular inspection of boilers and central air-conditioning systems in buildings.

The 2002 Directive concerns the residential and tertiary sectors – offices, public buildings, etc. It covers all aspects of energy efficiency in buildings in an attempt to establish a truly integrated approach. EU Member States are responsible for drawing up the minimum energy performance requirements. They also ensure that qualified and independent personnel carry out the certification and inspection of buildings.

Enormous variations in energy consumption

Energy consumption of buildings varies enormously. New buildings can need less than 3 to 5 l/m 2 of heating oil or equivalent a year. Existing buildings stock consumes, on average, about 25 l/m 2, with some buildings using up to 60 l/m 2. Building products and installation technologies already available can drastically improve energy performance. The result is a reduction in energy consumption that can create net benefits with annual energy cost savings exceeding capital costs for the investments. The best moment for energy improvements is when buildings are constructed or are being renovated.

The Commission proposed a recast EPBD in November 2008 to help home owners and tenants improve the energy efficiency of their houses further and enable construction industry to build better quality buildings. With the changes proposed, energy-performance certificates would become an active energy label for houses. The level of ambition of national or regional building codes that govern energy performance would be increased, using a specific benchmarking system. The scope of the Directive would be broadened, to cover for example all existing buildings when they undergo a major renovation and not only those above 1,000 m 2. Moreover, the public sector would take the lead in investing in low or zero energy and carbon buildings.

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The future is green, the future is urban

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs writes about new research comparing greenhouse gas emissions of large cities with those of rural areas, showing life in the big city is more environmentally friendly than expected.

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Disclaimer::
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 latest calls for submissions to public consultations in fields of energy and transport.

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Evaluation and Revision of the Action Plan for Energy Efficiency

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

Driver training and traffic safety education

 

 

03/08/2009

 

15/07/2009

 

 

31/07/2009

 

 

 

 

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 Support activities for the development of baseline data and methodology for reporting requirements for biofuels

  JO S 112-160619

 

  24/07/2009

 

 

         
 

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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