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March Update: Energy and Environment

1 March 2019

What's on the agenda this month

by Matteo Panizzardi, Energy Policy Executive

During the course of March European Union policy makers will be discussing and debating the future of EU climate action and the possible pathways for further decarbonisation of the European economy.

During the TTE (Energy) Council and Environment Council meetings on 4 and 5 March 2019 respectively, EU Member State representatives will hold public debates on the European Commission’s strategy for a climate neutral economy by 2050. The debate in the Energy Council will focus on questions related to necessary structural changes in the energy system, prioritisation and preferences of new technology solutions and ensuring that the burden of the energy transition is shared equally. The debates will serve as preparatory work for discussions at the Sibiu Summit on 9 May 2019.

In the European Parliament, the ITRE and ENVI Committees have published separate motions for resolutions in response to the European Commission’s climate strategy. Journalists have been commenting on the rivalry between the two Committees. For the time being, both motions are set to appear in next Plenary session starting on 11 March.  In terms of legislation, the ITRE Committee will vote on the provisional agreement resulting trilogues on the Proposal for Common rules for the internal market in natural gas and table for a First Readings the remaining legislative files in the clean energy package.

However, the ITRE Committee will also be in listening mode as it will hear presentations from experts and the European Commission alike. The Committee will receive a presentation by the Trinomics B.V. on how sector coupling can be enhanced to gain greater grid stability and reduce CO2 emission production. Moreover, the Committee will also hear presentations by the European Commission on energy labelling delegated acts and on delegated acts complementing the Renewable energy Directive.

In terms of high-profile events, if you are interested in EU investment in energy infrastructure projects - you will not want to miss PCI Energy Days on 19 and 20 March. Moreover, if the EU value chain for renewable energy technologies affects your business, you will not want to miss the High-level meeting on renewable energy: Clean Energy Industrial Forum on 18 March.

The plethora of political activity mentioned above will be covered and reported on by DeHavilland. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to give me a call.  

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Matteo Panizzardi, Energy Policy Executive
Matteo Panizzardi
Energy Policy Executive

Matteo leads on the Energy, environment and Climate portfolio. He was previously a Blue Book Trainee at the The Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission.