No 324 - Weekly - 17 September 2009

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• 12-13 October
5th Fossil Fuels Forum annual meeting, Germany
• 21-22 October
TEN-T Days, Italy



European Mobility Week Website





• Transport

European Mobility Week 2009: 'Improving City Climates'

From 16 to 22 September 2009, hundreds of European towns and cities will participate in the eighth edition of European Mobility Week and invite their citizens to a wide range of activities promoting sustainable mobility. The 2009 campaign theme – Improving City Climates – underlines the importance of local level efforts to tackle climate change and improve quality of life through the promotion of alternative transport modes to the car such as cycling, walking, and public transport as well as schemes such car-sharing and car-pooling.

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Third Legislative Package


• Energy

Commissioners welcome French reform proposal for national electricity market

European Commissioners Neelie Kroes and Andris Piebalgs consider that the proposed reforms made public this week by the French Government concerning the electricity market could constitute a step towards the effective opening-up of that market to competition. The French authorities have made the commitment in particular not to maintain regulated tariffs for large and medium-sized companies beyond a limited transition period. These tariffs are currently subject to two investigations being carried out by the European Commission.

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Energy Efficiency Days




Saving Energy

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is holding energy efficiency days from 22 to 25 September in Brussels.

The global ecosystem has sustained human life for 200,000 years. But today we are ecologically overdrawn: we would need 1.5 Earths to sustain humanity's current lifestyle. 

Climate change and its considerable impact on ecosystems and society combined with the depletion of fossil energy resources require society as a whole to take immediate action in order to safeguard the environment and the economy of Europe and the rest of the world but also to secure global stability while improving humanity's well-being.  

It is imperative that we reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The challenge facing us is to accelerate the transition towards a low carbon and more energy efficient economy.

 According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), while industry is often reputed to be the main source of environmental problems, Europe's industrial sector has actually made more progress towards reducing its environmental impact than sectors such as residential housing and private transport. This is partly because industry was the first to be targeted by environmental regulation - and it is also easier to enforce changes in a few thousand companies than to convince hundreds of millions of people to change their lifestyles and habits. In addition, European industry is increasingly focusing on providing services which are more environmentally-friendly. 

Although EU greenhouse gas emissions declined for the third consecutive year in 2007, sectors relating to private household consumption such as private transport and residential housing are among the largest sources of GHG emissions. Transport emissions, in particular, continue to rise substantially despite the EU policy objective of decoupling transport growth from economic growth. New economic patterns are needed as well as specific initiatives to accompany societal change. 

Now is the time to mobilise all sectors of civil society, in particular individuals and households, and to make them involved in and responsible for efforts to boost energy efficiency.  

Responding to this challenge, the EESC will bring together civil society in the "Save it! Energy Efficiency Days" event to take place from 22 to 25 September in Quai aux Briques (Sainte Catherine), Brussels. The event, which will involve key decision-makers, will show the general public possible and tangible ways into the low-carbon energy era.

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No new public consultations were posted this week.



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Analysis and comparison of most relevant mid- and long-term energy scenarios for EU and their key underlying assumptions (JO S 176-253037)

Study on the socio-economic effects and technical details of adapting the rules on the weights and dimensions of heavy commercial vehicles as established within Directive 96/53/EC within Member States national transport as well as in international transport (JO S 176-253030)












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