Policy & Regulation

EEIP president Rod Janssen chairing session at UNECE Sustainable Energy Expert Week 2022

UNECEs work on sustainable energy is designed to improve access to affordable and clean energy for all. The focus is on energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production from fossil fuels, renewable energy, coal mine methane, gas, classification of energy and mineral reserves and resources, and energy security. This sub-programme works to promote a sustainable energy development strategy, with objectives such as: sustained access to high quality energy services for all individuals in the ECE region; security of energy supplies in the short-, medium- and long-term; facilitate a transition to a more sustainable energy future and in the context of post-EU enlargement, the integration of energy restructuring, legal, regulatory and energy pricing reforms, as well as of the social dimension into energy policy making. It also addresses inter-sectoral issues related to the sub-Programme.

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The EU Coordinated Plan on AI: Expectations for the Energy Transition
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The EU Coordinated Plan on AI: Expectations for the Energy Transition

The EU is aiming for a net-zero and eco-friendly AI which is reflected in its latest set of actions and regulations for managing the development of Artificial Intelligence in the EU. The Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence is a joint commitment issued by the the European Commission and Member States.

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EU plan to boost green energy
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EU plan to boost green energy

EU needs €210bn over next five years to pay for phasing out Russian fossil fuels based on a plan drawn up in response to the Kremlin-ordered invasion of Ukraine. The plan proposes upgrades to the EU green deal, the blocs flagship policy to confront the climate crisis. Officials also want to cut energy consumption by 13% by 2030 (compared with 2020), too.

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Cracking the Hydrogen Egg! How can consumers understand where their Hydrogen has come from?
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Cracking the Hydrogen Egg! How can consumers understand where their Hydrogen has come from?

In a global interconnected system understanding where hydrogen has come from will become incredibly important. The temptation for some to make hydrogen from coal and release the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere may be too great, however as international trade develops the risk increases.

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Does the public's view of Hydrogen matter?
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Does the public's view of Hydrogen matter?

A recent survey in the United Kingdom assessed public perception to be largely ambivalent to hydrogen. Over 64% of participants were unable to demonstrate even a basic knowledge of hydrogen technology or its potential to contribute to the energy system.

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A systems approach to energy end use
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A systems approach to energy end use

The optimization of energy use in buildings and industry requires a systems approach to harvest its full potential. This idea is winning ground, as it is shown by the proposal of the ITRE committee of the European Parliament to include a definition of ‘system efficiency'.

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Cracking the Hydrogen Colour Code
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Cracking the Hydrogen Colour Code

Recently there has been more and more in the media about hydrogen as a future fuel. These discussions often talk about hydrogen using a colour coding - which has the potential to confuse an already complicated matter even further. To support discussion I have pulled together a summary.

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Indicators and common factors that help to determine the impact of EU projects promoting energy efficiency
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Indicators and common factors that help to determine the impact of EU projects promoting energy efficiency

Study into 41 EU-funded energy efficiency projects across Europe looked at primary energy savings, greenhouse gas savings, investment triggered, market stakeholders with increased skills on energy issues, and renewable energy generated. The projects received €58.5m of funding from the EU.

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Deep decarbonisation of industry: The cement sector
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Deep decarbonisation of industry: The cement sector

Fossil fuel combustion to meet heating needs accounts for 35% of cements CO2 emissions. The remaining 65% are due to direct process emissions, which must also be addressed. By 2050, cement production in the EU is expected to remain below pre-2010 levels.

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Making an impact
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Making an impact

Impact investing aims to have a positive impact on key sustainability problems. Amy Clarke, founder of Tribe Impact Capital, says every investment is an impact investment. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a good roadmap to all the areas where we need.

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