EU update for the GAME Network

EU update for the GAME Network

 EU heating strategy draft favours district heating
P1501 sefRenewable energy already accounts for 26% of electricity production in the EU but just 16.4% of heating and cooling. Heating and, to a lesser degree, cooling account for around 40% of European Union energy consumption, but are only indirectly targeted by existing EU policies, which focus more on power production with renewable energy. The Commission will probably publish its heating and cooling strategy in February.
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EU countries call for limits on truck CO2 emissions
P1501 volvo_truckBritain and three other countries have joined calls for mandatory EU limits on the amount of CO2 pumped out by trucks, which account for 30% of road transport emissions. The European Commission has introduced a limit of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre (g/km) by 2021 for cars and vans, but emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are unregulated. The United States by contrast in June proposed tighter standards on truck emissions.
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Sweden leaves CCS comeback ‘action plan’
P1501 ccs_sleipnerCreating European hubs to capture and store carbon dioxide would be the cheapest route to low-carbon energy. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has failed so far in Europe to draw enough investment. To overcome that, the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), an industry group that advises the European Commission, has presented an action plan that includes CCS hubs, straddling industries and even national borders, to allow economies of scale. ZEP brings together companies such as Shell, Total, BP and Statoil. But four utilities, including Germany’s RWE and Sweden’s Vattenfall quit the platform, saying CCS was too costly.
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