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19 August 2019

In 2018, the EU has decided upon an climate and energy framework up to 2030. The aim is to have a clean, affordable and reliable energy system in Europe. To that end, greenhouse gas emissions are to decline by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels, renewables are to deliver 32 percent of our energy and efficiency is to improve by even 32.5 percent. But what do these targets really mean? How will Europe’s energy system look like in 2030? Which aspects of the transition are particularly important?

Against this background, Agora Energywende presents you this report as a basis to understand where we are heading in Europe. Full report HERE.

08 August 2019

This report provides information about national long-term energy and climate policy priorities, indicates bottom- up recommendations on targets, priorities and actions for 2050 and sets recommendations for multi – level governance improvements in each project country.

This report starts with the description of the national energy planning, including the synopsis of the energy planning process and a description of the national policy plans for energy and climate in place for each country. Next, the report provides an overview of bottom-up recommendations on targets, priorities and actions for 2050 in four sectors: buildings & infrastructure sector, transport, agriculture and waste. The recommendations have been discussed and validated in three national roundtables held at each country level, with the participation of regional and national level stakeholders. Finally, the report provides recommendations for each project partner country regarding multi-level governance and collaboration models at sub-national levels in order to support ambitious long-term energy and climate targets.

Read the full report HERE

27 June 2019

new study has been published by the European Parliament at the request of the ITRE Committee on How to tackle challenges in a future-oriented EU industrial strategy?

This study provides a critical assessment of the European Commission’s 2017 EU industrial strategy and of the policy measures it comprises. According to its authors, “even though the EU industrial strategy is still a meta-policy, it successfully promotes a more integrated and innovative approach. However, it should more clearly identify mission-oriented strategic goals and mobilise the necessary effort and means to reach them”.

The study calls for a “future-oriented EU industrial strategy” which would give more consideration to the three following elements:

- “sharper strategic choices” with “a limited set of specific priorities that are coherent, coordinated and endowed with the necessary means of action”;
- “More effective involvement and coordination of Regions” through Smart Specialisation Strategies and interregional cooperation favouring the development of value-added chains;
- “Experimental approach” encouraging policy experiments and a risk-taking attitude at all levels of governance.

You can download the study HERE

25 June 2019

From 22 to 24 May, EUsalt, the association of European and global salt producers organised its Annual Meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

It was a very successful edition with more than 150 industry executives and experts from member companies as well as external participants attending the conferences. The General Assembly on Wednesday 22 May was followed by two open conferences on key subjects for the salt industry and its stakeholders: "Circularity with a pinch of Salt", a conference on Sustainability & Circular Economy on Thursday 23 May and the Health & Nutrition conference "The Road to Optimum Nutrition #saltmatters" on Friday 24 May.

At the Board meeting, the EUsalt Board elected Dr. Urs Ch. Hofmeier as its new President. Dr. Urs Ch. Hofmeier is Managing Director of Swiss Salt Works, the major salt producer in Switzerland and CEO of SelFin Invest. Dr Hofmeier was previously a member of the EUsalt Auditing Committee.

13 March 2019

The Industry4Europe coalition has issued a new Joint Call addressed to all Heads of State and Government in preparation of the next European Council that will take place on 21-22 March.

Supported by 136 European and 396 national industrial Associations, the Joint Call sets out the coalition's aim to convince the Heads of State and Government to make a pledge to put industry at the top of the political agenda of the EU during the next institutional cycle (2019-2024).

All Signatories of the Joint Call now count on the proactive and coordinated leadership of EU leaders to make sure that Europe remains a hub for a leading, smart, innovative and sustainable industry, that benefits all Europeans and future generations!

The main EU version (with all European and National Signatories) is available below. The Joint Call is also available in 22 languages and for each Member State of the EU. These are also available below.

The main EU version is available here: A Joint Call to the Heads of State and Government