On 14 July, the European Commission will present its Fit for 55 package that aims to deliver the 2030 climate target of 55%. The package will include 13 policy strands that fundamentally overhaul the EU’s climate policy. It will also include the revision of the EU Emission Trading System. Furthermore, we observe that EU carbon allowance prices hit an all time high and the EU carbon price today hits record high 50 euros a tonne. Based on ERCST and CEEP’s long-standing expertise on the EU ETS, previous work done on the funding mechanisms, engagement and consultations with climate policy experts, policymakers and stakeholders, we propose 7 major recommendations to the use of auctioning revenues and design of the funding mechanisms in light of the review of the EU ETS under the European Green Deal: Ensure auctioning revenues are fully mobilised to for climate and energy purposes. Safeguard the solidarity mechanism from the functioning of the Market Stability Reserve (MSR). Ensure an adequately increased Modernisation Fund. Maintain trust and stability by keeping financing rules for the Modernisation Fund unchanged until the 2024 review. Taking additional factors into account when distributing the modernisation fund among MS. Ensure sufficient revenues are mobilised through the Innovation Fund to finance breakthrough low-carbon technologies. Explore additional financing options to deploy low-carbon technologies at scale through the Innovation Fund. Download the recommendations. Have a nice [...]
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 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 [...]
Central Europe Energy Partners welcomes the possibility to provide feedback to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment on the revision of the ETS. CEEP believes that the following adjustments to the ETS system could benefit all countries in Central Europe: Increased size of the Modernisation Fund as the current system will not ensure the modernization of the sector needed and will question the feasibility of many investments; or/and an alternative, complementary option of creating a new fund based on energy poverty indicators which aims at subsidizing people affected by the rise in ETS permit prices; change to the allowance allocation key to ensure a more balanced distribution; an update of the reference period to 2016-2018; the use of 2005 or 2005-2007 periods have become outdated, especially within the context of two global economic crises. This does not illustrate reality and lack credibility with regards to current and future emission reduction efforts. This does not illustrate reality and lack credibility with regards to current and future emission reduction efforts. These instruments and adjustments could allow for a more balanced ETS system, limit the risks for most vulnerable energy consumers, and enable a smoother transition for the Central European economies. Read the full response to the European Commission’s consultation [...]
Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) welcomes the possibility to provide feedback to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment on the revision on the CO2 emission standards for cars and vans. This current Regulation has a strong mechanism to incentivise an uptake of zero and low emission vehicles. We support changes regarding a faster fleet turnover, which we see as a necessity to lower CO2 emissions in particular in Eastern European countries. However, we acknowledge concerns that a rapid change of the car fleet in particular in Eastern European countries will emits additional emissions from manufacturing and recycling or disposal. Therefore, we believe, that setting limits on vehicle emissions should be ensured through the entire life cycle of the vehicles. It will not only protect a consumer but also will aim for evaluating associated emissions at manufacturers and with vehicle dismantling and recycling. Adequate financing and a specific mechanism are required to incentivise zero- and low-emission vehicles. A system that combines both emission taxes and subsidies for new low emission vehicles should be introduced. The hybrid system may have a significant impact on the development of the market share for the new low-emission vehicles and as well the associated reduction of CO2 emissions. However, so far three countries do not apply CO2-based taxation which are Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. Read the full response to the European Commission [...]
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At the Congress Center of the Grand Hotel Adriatic, Opatija, Croatia
The 36th edition of the International Scientific & Expert Meeting will take place from 16th to 18th of June, 2021 in Opatija, Croatia. The largest gas conference & exhibition in Southeast Europe will attract a great number of distinguished gas and energy experts and high-ranking managers from numerous gas companies. Speakers and exhibitors from all around the world will take part in this international event.
You can expect many interesting presentations of scientific & professional papers, round tables, few panel-discussions arranged in 10 thematic sessions and a poster session. THE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM OF THE EVENT IS AVAILABLE HERE. Speakers include influential experts from prominent Croatian and European universities and gas and energy companies. The Congress will cover a series of current topics important for the gas and energy industry and which extends along the entire natural gas chain, as well as crucial issues which will determine development of the natural gas market in the near future. REGISTER YOUR PARTICIPATION HERE.
Exhibition will be held simultaneously in the exhibition area in front of the conference hall and it will gather a great number of exhibitors, mostly gas equipment manufacturers and traders from Croatia and abroad. Exhibitors have the opportunity to exhibit gas equipment in indoor and outdoor exhibition booths. Book your stand here.
Sponsorship of this event provides access to international audience from many countries, of which most of them are managers, decision makers or purchasers. This event is an excellent opportunity for all participants in the gas market to create, strengthen and facilitate business ties on the dynamic market with growth potential and to promote new innovative products and solutions for the gas and energy industry.
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