Foratom says it “remains concerned” that the European Commission is paying “insufficient attention” to low-carbon, non-fossil fuel sources of hydrogen, such as nuclear. The EU nuclear trade association was responding to two strategies the Commission released on 8 July for energy sector integration and hydrogen. Foratom said it welcomed the addition of a ‘low-carbon hydrogen’ category but said its usage should not be limited to the short and medium term.
World Nuclear News 9th July 2020 read more »
A net-zero economy by 2050 in the EU requires bold action across all sectors, and in none more than buildings. The building sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. In its long-term strategy for 2050, the European Commission recognises the need for a near-complete decarbonisation of the building sector to meet its climate goals. At the same time, citizens have a lot to gain from decarbonisation of buildings, including health, employment, lower household energy bills, and system cost savings. A new report released today by the ECF, prepared by CE Delft, shows that despite the necessity, benefits and urgency to decarbonise Europe’s buildings, the sector is not currently on a trajectory to zero-carbon by 2050. Current policies focusing on incentives and information are not enough for reaching this target. Focusing on three areas where the emissions reduction potential is the greatest, namely the energy performance of the existing building envelope, energy carriers, and building materials, the report recommends a first-ever long-term roadmap of policies to deliver essential carbon reductions in the residential building sector.
European Climate Foundation 9th July 2020 read more »
The European Union must significantly increase its climate ambition if it is to achieve climate neutrality by the middle of the century and the targets set by the European Green Deal and the Paris Agreement, according to a new report published this week. The report found that Europe must increase its emissions reduction targets to 65% on 1990 levels by 2030 – up from 40% – and must subsequently switch to 100% renewable energy by 2040. These are the key findings from a new report published Wednesday by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), which looks at how the necessary economic recovery packages planned by most European governments can integrate climate policy as a key component. The new report – European Green Deal: Using Ambitious Climate Targets and Renewable Energy to Climb Out of the Economic Crisis – comes as Germany takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Council for the next six months.
Renew Economy 10th July 2020 read more »
EU hydrogen strategy could drive 120 GW of renewables capacity. The European Commission has outlined a long-anticipated plan it says could unlock up to €340 billion for new solar and wind projects over the next decade. The 30-year strategy envisages up to €470 billion being spent on electrolyzer capacity.
PV Magazine 9th July 2020 read more »