On 9 November Members of the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee adopted the Draft Report for a Parliamentary own-initiative report on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan. The report calls on the European Commission to include a binding EU energy efficiency target in its forthcoming revision of the 2006 energy efficiency action plan. In addition, it calls for the implementation of energy projects, as well as evaluating the implementation of existing legislation.
In relation to the European Commission Communication entitled “Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy” (see previous article), the Commission intends to present a proposal for Directive on Energy Efficiency and Savings. The proposal would amend the Energy Services Directive and some aspects of the Cogeneration Directive, and would be one of the cornerstones of the forthcoming Strategic Energy Efficiency Action Plan, expected in February 2011.
On 10 November the European Commission adopted the Communication entitled “Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy”. The strategy focuses on the following five priorities:
A legally binding protocol governing the protection of biodiversity for the years 2011 to 2020 has been agreed by negotiators in Nagoya, Japan. A target for 17% of terrestrial areas to be covered by protected zones was agreed upon, lower than the 20% championed by the EU. The agreement also states that geo-engineering that could affect biodiversity cannot take place until such actions can be fully justified on scientific grounds.
The protocol will be legally binding for the 193 parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity adopted in 1992.
Following its adoption as an A item by the COREPER on 5 November 2010, the Justice and Home Affairs Council approved on 8 November the revised directive on industrial emissions. In accepting all amendments the European Parliament voted at second reading on 7 July 2010, the Council has now ensured the adoption of this law. The Directive will shortly be published in the Official Journal.
On 25 November 2010, the European Commission adopted a draft Commission Regulation that would ban the use of JI/CDMi credits from projects involving the destruction of hydrofluorocarbon 23 (HFC-23) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from adipic acid production in the EU ETSi as of 1 January 2013.
On 3 November 2010, the European Commission adopted a Decision setting aside 300 million allowances from the New Entrants’ Reserve (NER 300) for projects concerning the demonstration of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy technologies (RES).
On 12 November 2010, the European Commission formally adopted the Regulation on the timing, administration and other aspects of auctioning of greenhouse gas emission allowances pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and the Council establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowances trading within the EU. The European Parliament and the Council had until 23 October to scrutinise the Draft Regulation under the Comitology procedure. They did not oppose the adoption of the measure.
After the positive results registered during several months in 2010, EU construction and cement activity shrank in the 3rd quarter, despite signs of an overall EU economic recovery.
On 17 November, the European Construction Forum (ECF), of which CEMBUREAU is a founding member, launched its Manifesto “Building Prosperity for the Future of Europe” in the European Parliament, in the presence of representatives of the other European Institutions.