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 [...]
Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) is ready to assist the European Commission in drafting its climate and energy policies, pointing out the specific socio-economic situation of energy and energy-intensive sectors of Central European companies. This is why we welcome the possibility of voicing our opinion on the Inception Impact Assessment of ‘2030 Climate Target Plan’. Download [...]
The first CEEP Report in 2020 focuses on the Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) and Fund (JTF) which are a tool of support for the regions and sectors most affected by the transition. We present in this edition a variety of voices from Brussels and the Central European region how it should be structured and designed. In the opening statement ELISA FERREIRA, COMMISSIONER FOR COHESION AND REFORMS, acknowledges the need to act quick in the current situation of the COVID-19 outbreak. This means also, that there has to be a long-term approach in order to handle the socio-economic impact. Europe needs a strong growth strategy – European Green Deal - to face the economic challenges that have not disappeared. In her opinion, JTM will play an essential role in implementing the strategy to resume growth while replacing the present fossil fuel-intensive economic model of the past. POLISH MINISTER OF CLIMATE MICHAŁ KURTYKA writes that Poland is eager to demonstrate solidarity with other EU countries to achieve climate neutrality, however, the unique characteristics of the Polish energy system and economy have significant influence on the possibilities to act. “The scale of the challenges faced by Poland is incomparably greater than in other EU countries” he states. Nevertheless, Poland wants to transform the energy sector and economy: “We want to change our energy mix. We want to produce more energy from renewable sources, which we will supplement with low-carbon sources in conventional energy” however „we can’t forget that we are joining the transition from a completely different starting point than other countries”. Many Central European countries are still dependent on coal in [...]
Every year Central Europe Energy Partners publishes its ANNUAL REPORT with an overview of our key activities and publications. CEEP promotes a balanced approach to achieving the EU's climate protection, sustainable development, economic growth and security policies in the energy and energy-intensive sectors. We are advocating for a just and fair energy transition which should take into account the different views all around the continent, including the Central Europe. CEEP was observing and monitoring development in energy and climate policy throughout the year, being at the same time an active player in the ongoing informal discussions on the crucial topics. During our meetings, workshops and conferences we discussed, what are the needs and challenges of the Central European energy sector and how we see the industry in the future. We paid much attention to the discussion on how to make the energy transition just and balanced, but also what impact would it have on Central European companies. We have organised two panel discussions to bring the attention of stakeholders to the specific situation in the region. We have advocated in our position papers that different starting points of Member States should be taken into account and that the question of costs of decarbonisation of energy systems and industrial sectors must be addressed. Some highlights from the CEEP Annual Report: In 2019 CEEP organised 9 events, we were involved in 13 event partnerships and have 850+ followers on Twitter. To find out more download the CEEP Annual Report 2019. [...]
CEEP in partnership with European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST) has organized a series of workshops in Prague, Bucharest, Warsaw and Sofia dedicated to the new funding mechanisms within the 4th phase of the EU ETS. During the workshops the report Funding Mechanisms in the fourth phase of the EU ETS, exploring what is known and identifying issues for clarification and discussion was presented. The report lays out the components and provide an understanding of the functioning of the different funding mechanisms embedded within the EU ETS, and explore how they are articulated to one another. It also identifies issues that need to be further understood and clarified in terms of the operationalisation of the funding mechanisms which are going to be resolved in the implementation phase. Debates were attended by many representatives of governments, energy and energy intensive industry as well as think-tanks and experts which provided important comments and views on the development of the EU ETS. Participants asked many technical questions on the rules and guidelines for the functioning of funding mechanisms what highlights strong interest of the region in this subject. Participants revealed also some information about the investments they plan to support from the available funds. Modernization Fund and article 10c derogation may play an important role in supporting energy companies in their adaptation to low carbon economy. The key issue at this moment is to adopt its functioning rules in the way which would allow to benefit from it in the most cost effective way. Organization of workshops will be followed by the publication of recommendation concerning efficient use of [...]
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.