CEEP’s feedback to the Commission’s IIA on the revision of the Ambient Air Quality Directives

CEEP’s feedback to the Commission’s IIA on the revision of the Ambient Air Quality Directives

CEEP welcomes the possibility to provide feedback to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment on the revision of the Ambient Air Quality Directives (AAQD). Clean air is essential for the health of people and the environment. Air quality is a major global, complex issue that needs to be addressed effective with prompt actions and with relevant legislation that allows to cooperate at global, national and regional level across different sectors. Today, the level of air pollutants has exceeded the EU thresholds and is responsible for millions of premature deaths every year. All the pollutants covered by the AAQ Directive have harmful effects and cause breathing difficulties, lung and heart diseases or trigger asthma symptoms. We recommend to reflect on the most recent scientific evidence on the harmful effects of air pollution and align the existing framework with the WHO Guidelines. CEEP acknowledges a need to take actions in order to improve air quality standards and recommends to strengthen air quality monitoring, modelling and plans: The criteria on monitoring and assessing ambient air quality should be coherent with other EU legislation and funding instruments. The EU should make sure that sufficient means are provided for those MSs and regions which will have to make most efforts in implementing the directive, for example through Just Transition Mechanisms. As coal regions will be the most affected throughout the transition,  focus should be made to guarantee that they are well equipped with legal and financial instruments to implement the Directive. Coordination, coherence of action taken between different levels of government and a better allocation of responsibilities between the administration at the regional and local [...]
The latest CEEP Policy Paper, discussing prospects for offshore wind development in Central Europe, is out!

The latest CEEP Policy Paper, discussing prospects for offshore wind development in Central Europe, is out!

The new CEEP Policy Paper on the prospects for offshore wind development in Central Europe: how to boost offshore energy in the Baltic, Black and Adriatic seas examines the current state of affairs and future prospects of the offshore wind development in Central Europe. The scope of this paper is limited to the three sea basins (i.e. Baltic, Black and Adriatic) and their costal states: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia. The paper consists of two main sections, together with the conclusions and recommendations for the future. The 1st section of the report analyzes the current state of affairs of offshore wind in Central Europe, including aspects of offshore wind development potential, ongoing projects and plans, existing political and legal frameworks, and existing challenges. The 2nd section analyzes national energy and climate plans of the previously mentioned coastal states, including national targets, policies and measures, costs of necessary investments as well as national strategies in mobilizing capital, such as EU instruments and the potential for cross-border links.. The paper shows a way in which three sea basins and its coastal states differ, in terms of developmental stage, perception of opportunities and threats as well as national approach in pushing for the climate-neutrality and shaping national economies towards renewable energy sources. For more, please read the full version of our latest Policy Paper on the prospects for offshore wind development in Central [...]
CEEP’s feedback to the Commission’s IIA on the revision of the Ambient Air Quality Directives

Central Europe Energy Partner’s feedback to the Taxonomy criteria

Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) welcomes the possibility to provide feedback on the technical screening criteria (Annex I and II) of EU Taxonomy for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation.  We are fully committed to meeting the ambitious energy and climate targets and  building a carbon neutral economy by 2050. We strongly believe that climate change remains one of the most urgent challenges and in order to accelerate our actions to reach the 1.5 degree ambition, we need to put our efforts on developing sustainable financing, in particular, cost-effective electrification, low carbon electricity and zero emission vehicles. The Delegated Act is an important step to establish an EU classification system for sustainable activities and to help investors and companies access green financing. However, the initial proposal by the European Commission introduces several uncertainties, especially in the calculating methodology, which needs to be addressed if the Delegated Act is to be effective. Our general remarks on the approach are supplemented by a proposal of drafting remarks included at the end of the CEEP’s position paper. CEEP calls on the EU to introduce, along the 100 gCO2e/kWh, an additional threshold of maximum 400 gCO2e/kWh of direct emission, which would be used to indicate installations which may still contribute to tackling climate change, during the interim period of up to 2030. To mitigating the climate risks, CEEP calls to introduce provisions which will allow categorising the investments in: stable gas fired power generation; transmission infrastructure required for their connection to the grid; transmission infrastructure required for operating these systems. These provisions should be based on the consideration that where new gas fired power [...]