Newsletter 02.2018

Dear readers,

Welcome to this first newsletter of a new year and a new format, which we hope you will enjoy reading! We wish you a very happy and successful year 2018!

Looking shortly back at what was heralded as the ‘year of implementation’ for Energy Union project, 2017 has been indeed a quite eventful year. The pace of activity was high, particularly with regards to the main legislative files of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package.

 

Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)

The turn of the year was rich in developments for the most relevant files impacting Eurofuel. On December 18, the Council reached a general approach on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). The Council position included the commitment to a 27% renewable energy share in the overall energy consumption by 2030; an indicative 1% annual increase in the share of renewable energy for the heating and cooling sector; a renewables target of 14% in the transport sector for 2030; and the decision to maintain the 7% cap on first-generation biofuels. Voting in Plenary on this file on 17 January, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) called for a 35% target for renewables in the energy mix by 2030 and for a total ban of palm oil in motor fuels from 2021. In addition, the Parliament proposed increasing the annual share of renewable energy in the heating and cooling sector from 1% to 2%. As we have highlighted in a statement published just after the vote’s outcomes, the ambitions shown by the Parliament will require a more open approach when it comes to accessing raw materials. Beyond any doubt, the Parliament’s position points towards several rounds of tough trilogue negotiations, starting in the first half of this year.

 

Solar heater on roof

(Solar heater on the roof. Photo: Adobe)

 

Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

On the same day as the RED II, MEPs adopted a negotiation mandate on the revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). The adopted report calls for a 35% binding energy efficiency target by 2030, which is higher than the Commission proposal (30%) but less ambitious than earlier parliamentary positions (40%). The Parliament also opted for a Primary Energy Factor of 2.3 for electricity, to account for progress in renewable electricity generation without taking the excessively pro-electric approach marked by the 2.0 factor in the Commission’s proposal, which we welcome in our statement.  MEPs will head to the upcoming trilogue rounds, set to begin in the first quarter of 2018, under the guidance of MEP Miroslav Poche, who replaced Adam Gierek as the Rapporteur.

Arias Canete

(Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, European Parliament's plenary debate on the Clean Energy Package, Strasbourg, 15 January 2018. Photo: © European Union 2018 - Source: EP)

 

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is at an even more advanced stage, with trilogue negotiations partially concluded on 19 December 2017. The provisional agreement, among others, calls Member States to establish long-term renovation strategies focused on efficient renovation investments; supports the roll-out of e-mobility infrastructure through minimum requirements for recharging points in buildings; and creates a clear path towards a low and zero emission building stock in the EU by 2050. The final approval of the agreement is expected for the beginning of 2018. We will closely follow this up.

House energy efficiency

(House energy efficiency. Photo: Adobe)

 

Energy Governance Regulation

Another critical legislative file, the Energy Governance Regulation, is about to enter the trilogue stage early this year, as the Council agreed on a general approach on 18 December, and the Parliament adopted its ambitious position in its Plenary session on 17 January.

  

Eco-design / Energy Labelling

The review of eco-design and energy labelling measures for space and water heaters has started. Eurofuel attended the first stakeholder meeting on 23 January, to discuss initial elements in the preparatory study with relevant stakeholders and representatives from the European Commission and the consultants. More news to follow shortly!

Eco design Forum

(Eco-design and Energy Labelling Stakeholder Meeting, Brussels, 23 January 2018. Photo: Eurofuel)

 

Welcome to Eurofuel!

A final word to welcome Eurofuel’s new associate member, SUNTEC, the world leading pump manufacturer, as well as the Swiss petroleum association (EV / UP), who has become a full member of Eurofuel! Happy to have you on board!

Suntec logoEV UP logo

 

Tristan Suffys