Issue 43


July 2015

As Europe’s largest event showcasing activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, EUSEW is designed to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help the EU meet its energy and climate goals. And the 2015 edition has exceeded all expectations. ENEP was lucky enough to be represented in the first ever networking village at this year's EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

Luxembourg took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of Ministers fron 1st July and has climate governance as one of its key issues for its six monthly presidency until the end of the year.The Council adopted conclusions on the implementation of the Energy Union strategy in early June, focusing on how to provide consumers - both households and businesses - with secure, sustainable and affordable energy and to encourage the investment needed in this area. The conclusions set out guidelines for achieving one of the main goals of the Energy Union strategy, which is to give consumers sec

The European Commission has released its much anticipated progress report on the Horizon 2020 renewable energy targets, which is published every two years on 16 June.In accordance with the requirements set out in the Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28/EC), the report provides a mid-term assessment of the progress of the EU and its Member States towards the 2020 renewable energy targets, and includes an assessment of the feasibility of 10% renewable energy target for transport, the sustainability of biofuels and bio liquids consumed in the EU and the impacts of this consumption in

The European Union (EU) has a target to reduce emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2030. This is an economy-wide target and therefore includes the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector. The EU recently consulted stakeholders on how to integrate LULUCF into the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.In the impact assessment prepared for the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, the European Commission identified three principal options for future policy design.  These three options form the basis of the options the EU is consulting on:

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added two new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. The Candidate List is a list of substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment.A series of mixed alkyl diesters were added to the ‘candidate list’ under the REACH chemicals regulation because of their reproductive toxicity when the contain 0.3% or more dihexyl phthalate.

ENEP is happy to announce their Associate Partnership in the EU HORIZON 2020 project STEAM UP that has started recently. STEAM UP aims to assess the substantial and easy to assess  energy-saving potential of steam systems in heavy industries, in support of the EU goal to achieve a 20%  increase in energy efficiency by 2020. To this end, STEAM-UP will perform the following activities:

As part of our work on the refit of the Birds and Habitats directives ENEP has now formally responded to the open consultation. The consultation that closed on Friday 24th July saw the the largest number of consultation responses ever received to a European Commission public consultation.

MEPs have called for systemic change to address resource scarcity in a recent press release. The resolution passed by the ENVI committee of the European Parliament calls for binding waste-reduction targets, revamped ecodesign legislation and measures to break the link between growth and the use of natural resources.The environment committee called on the Commission to table new legislation by the end of 2015.According to MEPs involved, the European Commission should be proposing new legislation by the end of of 2015 that includes:

The association of Europe’s drinking water and wastewater service operators has called on the European Commission to add water to the scope of its work on the circular economy. EurEau stated that the Sewage Sludge Directive (86/278/EEC) (SSD) already gives a special status to sewage sludge by creating a distinction from waste.

However, according to the report on the consultation for the revision of the SSD2 published in 2010, only 39% of sewage sludge is recycled into agriculture in the EU.

The European Red List of Birds was published on 3 June.The list is compiled by NGO BirdLife for the European Commission.It states that 13% of 533 species are threatened at a European level (of the 67 species, 10 are Critically Endangered (the highest threat level) including the Balearic Shearwater,Slender-billed Curlew, and Yellow-breasted Bunting; 18 are Endangered and 39