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 [...]
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 [...]
Lithuania’s electricity transmission system operator, Litgrid, has recently implemented new measures to protect against electricity imports from nuclear power plants in third countries, effectively preventing any electricity flow from the newly constructed Belarus NPP to the European Union. On the 3rd of November at 11:06 (GMT +2), Litgrid System Control recorded data showing electricity production at the Astrava Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), on the same day at 11:38 (GMT +2) Litgrid announced 0 MW capacity for commercial electricity flow from Belarus. With zero bandwidth, electricity market participants will not be able to conduct any commercial activities between Lithuania and Belarus. After the decision, Litgrid informed Nord Pool power exchange about the implemented changes. Various experts have continuously expressed safety concerns over the new Belarusian NPP. A study by the European Parliament (2016) has drawn attention to the safety concerns of the nuclear installation in Belarus and overall safe operation of the plant. Furthermore, the international community has also raised concerns over the Belarusian nuclear plan, suggesting Belarus is non-compliant with important international treaties, i.e. Espoo and Aarhus conventions. There has been also multiple mishaps during the construction phase of the nuclear plant in Belarus, reported by various news sources, e.g. World Nuclear News. This is why Lithuanian Government takes a cautious position. Recently Lithuania’s Minister of Energy, Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, emphasized that "Lithuania's position on the Astrava NPP, which is a geopolitical project of Russia on the land of Belarus, is consistent, unchanging and enshrined in law - it is a threat to our national security and our citizens. (…) These national measures ensure that Astravo NPP electricity is not [...]
On 27 October, Central European Energy Partners (CEEP) together with the European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST) organised an event on the EU ETS funding mechniams. During this meeting, we discussed the state of play of the funding mechanisms and their operationalisation, including how the beneficiary MSs intend to use the Modernisation Fund. It was also an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the role of the funds in delivering upon the enhanced 2030 climate targets and whether their current composition, including the size is sufficient. More than 130 persons participated in the event. Please stay tuned, our report on the EU ETS funding mechanism will be published in the second week of November. Draft Agenda ERCST and CEEP presentation Find out more and watch our video summary of the workshop below. [...]
GAZ-SYSTEM signed contract with Saipem Limited for the performance of works related to laying the gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. The scope of this contract covers also the landfalls where the offshore part will be connected with the onshore components in Poland and Denmark. The contract value is approximately EUR 280 million and it has been co-financed by the EU. At present, Gaz-System has already all necessary permits and binding agreements with all the main contractors and suppliers necessary to start construction of the gas pipeline to connect the Danish and Polish shores. Baltic Pipe, the project that is key for Poland’s energy security and of importance to the European Union, is being implemented in strict accordance with the adopted schedule. Gas transmission from the Norwegian shelf to Poland along this new route will start on 1st October 2022. The contract with Saipem covers the following main elements: construction of two microtunnels on the Danish and Polish shores (the technology will help protect the beaches, cliffs and other elements of the natural environment), transport of pipes from the marshalling yard to pipelay vessels, joining the pipes to form the pipeline and lowering it to the Baltic Sea bottom, pipeline installation and its stabilisation as well as the performance of all works to protect both the pipeline and its crossings with other subsea infrastructure, connecting the offshore pipeline with Baltic Pipe onshore components in Poland and Denmark, performance of tests, participation in commissioning of the offshore part as well as checking its functioning within the rest of the Baltic Pipe infrastructure in both countries. According to the schedule, first works [...]
Central Europe Energy Partner (CEEP) strongly believes that the transformation towards an innovative and low emitting economy should proceed in sustainable and balanced way. We welcome the proposal for a regulation establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality by 2050 – the European Climate Law – but we think it needs further improvements and would like to submit the following comments. Download [...]
We represent the widely understood Central Europe energy sector (electricity generation, distribution and transmission, renewables, gas, oil, heat generation and distribution, chemical industries, etc.), universities and scientific institutions.