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Will airline emissions be taxed?

DecarbEurope partner Transport & Environment is lobbying the EU’s next vice-president for climate, Frans Timmermans, to work with countries to more effectively price airlines’ carbon emissions, including ending their fuel tax exemption.

Finance ministers in nine countries want EU action on taxing airline emissions

According to Transport & Environment, finance ministers from nine European countries have called on the EU to work harder to put a price on aviation’s carbon pollution. In a statement, the group, which includes Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, asked the incoming European Commission to help end the under-taxation of aviation, the most carbon-intensive mode of transport.

Europe’s largest solar process heat system launched

Last week we brought you news of Europe’s biggest floating solar plant. This week we highlight Europe’s largest solar process heat system

The largest solar process heat system in Europe opened in October 2019 in Heerhugowaard in the Netherlands. It consists of 9,300 m² of solar collectors that provide 5,000 MWh of renewable heat to the Tesselaar Freesia company, which specializes in the sustainable cultivation of freesias.

World Bank sees immense potential in floating solar

Estimates suggest that the global potential of floating solar could be 400 GW, or roughly the total capacity of all solar PV installations worldwide at the end of 2017.

Floating solar – the installation of solar photovoltaic panels floating on the surface of lakes, hydropower reservoirs, agriculture reservoirs, industrial ponds, and near-coastal areas – is one of the fastest-growing power generation technologies today. It opens new horizons to scale up solar power globally, particularly in countries with land constraints.

The capacity for floating solar is growing exponentially. At the end of 2014, total global installed capacity stood at 10 MW. In just four years, that figure had grown more than 100-fold, to 1.1 GW. The new report estimates the global potential of floating solar, even under conservative assumptions, to be 400 GW, or roughly the total capacity of solar photovoltaic installed worldwide at the end of 2017.

Recognising the Best of District Heating and Cogeneration

An overview of two recent award ceremonies featuring achievements in district heating and cogeneration.

The 6th Global District Energy Climate Awards honour systems that illustrate the overall importance of district energy (heating & cooling) and the movement towards clean, sustainable energy solutions. They were announced at the Sustainable District Energy Conference in Iceland on 24 October.

The 2019 COGEN Europe Recognition Awards acknowledge outstanding performance and achievements in the cogeneration sector and were presented at the COGEN Europe Annual Conference in Madrid, also on 24 October.

Cultivating a Circular Culture

DecarbEurope partner APPLiA has developed a Circular Culture initiative. It aims to promote a societal change to move towards a circular economy.

APPLiA is a Brussels-based trade association that provides a single, consensual voice for the home appliance industry in Europe. Its members manufacture a wide variety of home appliances:

  • Large appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers;
  • Small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters and toothbrushes;
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning appliances such as air conditioners, heat pumps and local space heaters.

One of their initiatives is Circular Culture, aimed at promoting a societal change that involves all of us, as citizens, in the shift towards a circular model.

Join the Smart Energy Summit 2019

Register now for what promises to be an outstanding event. DecarbEurope partner smartEn is organising the Smart Energy Summit 2019: Prosumers in the Lead.

Active energy consumers, often called ‘prosumers’ because they both consume and produce electricity, are dramatically changing the European electricity system.

Various types of prosumers exist:

  • Residential prosumers who produce electricity at home, mainly through solar photovoltaic panels on their rooftops
  • Citizen-led energy cooperatives or housing associations
  • Commercial prosumers whose main business activity is not electricity production
  • Public institutions such as schools or hospitals.

The rise in the number of prosumers has been facilitated by the fall in the cost of renewable energy technologies, especially solar panels, which in some Member States produce electricity at a cost that is the same or lower than retail prices.