Issue 45

September 2015

AFITE & ENEP will host this Thursday 22nd October in Paris a high level workshop Industrial Emissions Directive: Comparative approaches to implementation in the EU Member States to look at implementation of the IED Directive ahead of its Mid Term Review in 2016 .  Through feedback from Environmental Professionals, industry representatives, along with representatives from the Member States and the EU Institutions the workshop will investigate how these provisions are being implemented in the different Member States. 

The outgoing Director General of DG Environment, at the European Commission, Karl Falkenberg, told a Resource Efficiency and Waste Management conference in Birmingham (UK) last week that voluntary approaches to resource efficiency alone will not work.  He underlined that whilst a number of pioneering schemes do now work now due to their revenue raising character, the former DG indicated that some regulatory aspects would be required.  His comments follow a three month Europe wide consultation online that is h

Just as the VW scandal broke this week, so too were MEPs reflecting on a reinforcement of the existing legislation on the basis of a proposals from the European Commission.  In the European Commission’s original proposals, the executive had not insisted on a date for so called real world driving (RDE) tests coming into effect.   The European Parliament’s environment committee has now voted to strengthen planned new diesel car emission test rules and have reinforced the text to demand implementation by 2017.

Daniel Calleja is the new Director General at DG Environment.  He replaced Karl Falkenberg on 1st September 2015.  Before that Mr Calleja worked for the European Commission departments DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. And DG Enterprise and Industry as Director General and Deputy Director General respectively. In the past, he has successfully negotiated, on behalf of the EU, the EU-US Open Skies Agreement.

In the wake of a number of high profile Member State U turns around subsidy support to renewable energies, a cross sectoral industry group, has been calling on the European Commission to establish a legal instrument to provide investment protection against sudden subsidy cuts.  The group underlines how a number of national regulatory changes have led to an undermining of investor confidence and projects’ viability.

Follow a high level conference in February this year, the European Commission has released a series of working papers to prepare the way towards a new heating and cooling strategy.  The Strategy will have to look into the role of the heating and cooling sector in delivering the EU’s long-term decarbonisation objectives:-

To mark the International Year of Soils 2015 the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission organises a conference on 'Healthy Soils for Feeding the Planet and for Climate Change Adaptation' at the Universal Exposition EXPO2015 in Milan (Italy) on 20 October 2015.

Details of the emerging EU position ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris where a new global treaty that will commit all countries to halving global emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.  The EU also wants the possibility of including a new 5 year mechanism for reviewing the collective ambition level of emissions reductions should countries start to fall behind on their Paris commitments.  As part of the deal, the EU has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% from 1990 levels by 2030.

Kristof De Smet President of ENEP will join up with colleagues from FEDEC in the Netherlands to address the opening session of ENERGIE 2015 – a major trade show and conference for energy-saving technologies and sustainable energies that takes place on 6, 7 & 8 October in Den Bosch.  The opening session will investigate whether or not the energy agreements, part of the Dutch Government’s response to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), are a successful tool in prom

Ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s 2016 work programme, MEPs have told the European Commission that better regulation does not mean deregulation in its new work programme. ENEP has been closely involved through its TTF in responding to the REFIT on the nature directives which is considering how to simplify regulation and cut administrative costs.  Now the MEPs have said that this must not be used as an excuse for lowering social and environmental standards.