Newsletter EUBIA
September 2017

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Debate at ENVI committee on the proposed EC regulation on acrylamide in food: MEPs in favour of Commissions' proposal 

On 28th of September 2017, a discussion took place at ENVI Committee meeting regarding the proposal from the European Commission to establish mitigation measures and benchmark levels for the reduction of the presence of acrylamide in food. Acrylamide is a contaminant, contained mainly in certain baked or fried foods, that can increase the risk of developing cancer for consumers at any age. MEPs seem to have a common position on protecting citizens’ health by accepting Commissions’ proposal, with exemption of EPP. Ms Elisabeth Köstinger from EPP opposed the draft on the ground that, establishing a system for analysing levels of acrylamide in the foodstuffs can harm SMEs of the food business and represent an excessive bureaucracy. Safe food Advocacy Europe has published an interesting position paper on the topic.
Rapporteur: Elisabeth KÖSTINGER (EPP)
Shadows: Ulrike MÜLLER (ALDE)

Discussion of  "Governance for the energy union" regulation at the ENVI/ITRE Committee meeting

On 11th of September, took place a joint committee ITRE/ENVI meeting to discuss amendments of the draft report presented by Green MEPs Claude Turmes and Michèle Rivasi on May 2017.  The rapporteurs include on the proposal:  a more ambitious EU-wide 2030 targets: a 45% target for renewable energy and a 40% target for energy efficiency; as well as calls on the Commission to address methane emissions (develop a Union Methane Strategy), and establish a dedicated financial platform to support deployment of smart grids, renewables and energy efficiency.
The regulation on governance of the energy union, was proposed by the European Commission on 30 November 2016, as part of its ‘Clean energy for all Europeans’ package, with the aim to integrate and simplify planning, reporting and monitoring obligations of the Commission and EU Member States in reaching the goals of energy union, in particular the EU targets on renewables, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions set out in the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. 
The report is expected to be voted  at the European Parliament on November 2017. For more information visit: EP briefing paper or EU legislative train page

Discussion on GM soybean FG72 x A5547-127 and GM soybean DAS-44406-6 at ENVI Committee (EP)

On 13th of September 2017, 433 MEPS, voted in favour of the rejection of draft Commission implementing decision authorising the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified soybean DAS-44406-6 and soybean FG72 × A5547-127. Main reasons for rejection consist that Soybean DAS-44406-6 confers tolerance to glyphosate-based herbicides, (2,4-D) and glufosinate ammonium-based herbicides, while Soybean FG72 x A5547-127 is a GMO tolerant to glyphosatebased herbicides, isoxaflutole and glufosinate ammonium-based herbicides. Furthermore, the risk assessment provided by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for both soybeans was not acceptable as it did not identify knowledge gaps and did not assess issues such as toxicity, impact on immune system and the reproductive system.
Co-rapporteurs: Bart Staes (Greens/EFA), Balas Guillaume (S&D), Lynn Boylan (GUE), Eleonora EVI, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Valentinas Mazuronis (ALDE)
Shadows: Jan Huitema (ALDE)

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EU approves a budget of over €222 million for environment, nature and climate action

The European Commission approved an investment package of €222 million to support the transition to a low-carbon energy Europe under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action.
Some additional investments will be added leading to a total of €379 million budget from the EU going towards 139 new projects in 20 Member States. For more information visit the website.
EU will co-hosts a climate change meeting with Canada and China

The European Union, Canada and China are holding a ministerial meeting with representatives of 34 economies part of the G20 on climate action on 15-16 of September 2018 in Montreal, Canada. The meeting aims to reinforce international commitment to climate action and ensure implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Launch of EU energy statistical pocketbook

The EU energy statistical pocketbook provides energy statistics for European countries, including information on energy production and consumption, socio-economic indicators, and the impact of the energy sector on the environment. 
Invest EU Portal 
The EU has launched an online platform to connect investors and project promoters with the aim of increasing investment opportunities. Promoters of agriculture and rural development projects coming from all across European Union, and complying with the established criteria, can apply on the portal and connect with international investors. For more information click here.

Public Consultations

The European Commission launches new website for EU public consultation

Visit the EU public consultations portal and give your opinion on current or proposed EU legislation. 

Public consultation on priorities for Network Codes and Guidelines for 2018 based on Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 714/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 

These consultation concerns the electricity and gas regulation. For more information click here
Open Calls
Visit the European Commission Research & Innovation Participants Portal  for information on the open Calls for Proposals. 
EUBIA participated at EIP Water Conference, Porto 27-28 of September

The conference represented an excellent opportunity for outreaching to main stakeholders of the water sector, SMEs, Start-ups, and institutions such as the European Commission (LIFE and COSME Programme), as well as disseminate results from H2020 water projects. EUBIA was engaged on the launch of the Stakeholder Platform for the SaltGae project.
EUBIA participated to Our Ocean Summit, 5-7 October, Malta

Our Ocean Conference took place in Malta the 5-6th of October 2017, and represented a unique opportunity to discuss global solutions on how to face main challenges of climate change and protect the ocean. During the high level discussion was underlined the importance of developing a circular economy and reinforcing international cooperation.
SET Plan: Renewable Fuels and Bioenergy working group

EUBIA is participating on the Renewable Fuels and Bioenergy working group, Action 8 of the SET Plan Communication (C(2015)6317): Strengthen market take-up of renewable fuels needed for sustainable transport solutions, and bioenergy cost reductions aspects. 
The Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan), aims to accelerate the energy transition with a development and deployment of low carbon technologies. In September 2015, the European Commission adopted the  SET Plan Communication, defining the Energy Union strategy and identifying 10 priority actions which will contribute to achieve the R&I objectives of the Energy Union. 
For more information click here or contact us
EUBIA attends "6ème Colloque national biomasse"

On 26th of September, Renewable Energies Syndicate and its Commission Biomasse, France Biomasse Energie (FBE), organised the event "Colloque National Biomasse" dedicated to the role of biomass as a source of energy. During the event, there was an interesting high level debate on how to ensure the development and deployment of bioenergy in France and in Europe through an active participation of the public and private sector. Of particular interests were the presentation of two French companies involved in bioenergy production: Bionerval and Avril Group.
Upcoming events:

-October,23-25: Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days 
-October,17: Agri-Food Waste Day Conference
-October,19-20: Madrid Forum 
-November,6-17: Bonn climate change conference (COP 23) 
-November,7: High-level conference on clean energy: Financing the energy transition for jobs, growth and investment 
-November,8: European Association for Storage of Energy Investor Workshop
-November,8-9: H2020 Info Days  Challenge 5 "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials"
-November,16: EU Energy Day - Clean energy solutions for decarbonisation, economic growth and jobs


Coming soon: European Biomass to Power, 8-9 November 2017, Aarhus, Denmark

The conference represents an excellent networking opportunity, as well as an occasion to get informed and discuss on the latest developments of the European biomass market. Case studies will be provided to give detailed examples of planning, finance and technology strategies employed for biomass co-generation projects.

Don’t miss this occasion and register now!

EUBIA’s members have a 15% of discount until the 25th of October. Contact us for more details. More information are available at the following link, and  website.


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