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Joint Renewable Industry Call: Europe needs to be net-zero carbon by 2050, implementation must start now

PUBLISHED: November 27, 2019

The European renewable industries welcome the decision by President Elect of the Commission von der Leyen to enshrine the objective of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 into EU law.

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EIB Energy Lending Policy: No more funding for fossil fuel projects from 2022

PUBLISHED: November 15, 2019

The European Investment Bank is the largest public development bank, providing financing to a wide array of projects, notably in the energy sector. Yesterday, the EIB reached an agreement that it would stop providing funding to fossil fuel projects from 2022 owards. This development is a crucial step towards the redirection of financing to the energy transition, although the Energy Lending Policy adopted by the Bank are not quite on par with EGEC's expection. Indeed, as the largest public development bank, the EIB has an outsized impact on the allocation of financing to the energy sector, and as such it represents a model to follow for other financial institutions. The Bank has for instance previously been a pioneer in setting criteria that discriminate against financing coal projects, a stance now taken by many major financial institutions. The updated Energy Lending Policy constitute a template for other public and private financial institutions to also ban lending to fossil fuel projects. EGEC was very active in promoting such a shift in the EIB's lending activities in the energy sector, and was advocating for a ban on fossil fuel lending from 2020. EGEC notably co-signed several statements to that end, in particular with the renewable energy industry. However, the decision to stop funding from 2022 - while it will still induce the development of likely stranded fossil fuel assets, or locking in new fossil fuel emissions - does still represent a crucial step in reshaping the energy sector. Some further caution about the updated energy lending policy should also be applied, considering the existence of several loopholes in the policy. Further information will follow for EGEC members.

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Joint industry letter for the EIB to stop financing fossil fuels

PUBLISHED: October 9, 2019

The European Investment Bank is currently in the process of drafting its updated energy lending policy. As the European Union is progressing towards decarbonisation, and the 2050 horizon is nearing quickly, EGEC joined other industry associations and think tanks to call for the EIB to promptly stop funding fossil fuel projects.

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EGEC Response to the public consultation on sustainable finance

PUBLISHED: September 20, 2019

Sustainable finance is an increasingly important topic in European policy making. A proposed regulation by the European Commission on this topic will have a major impact on the private financial sector, and its relationship with geothermal and other renewable energy investments.

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EGEC Position on the agenda of the next European Commission

PUBLISHED: July 16, 2019

One of the key issues of the current debate on the next European Commission regards the priorities that should shape its action over the next five years, the matter of ambition for the energy transition is at the foreground.

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NECPs - Country fiches on geothermal energy market potential to 2030

PUBLISHED: April 12, 2019

In the process of the implementation of the Governance Regulation, which defines how the EU targets on climate and energy will be achieved by 2030, Member States have submitted draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), in which they outline the level of ambition they would pursue in the coming decade, and the policies measure that should enable it.

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EGEC contribution to the EIB consultation on energy lending criteria

PUBLISHED: March 29, 2019

The EIB’s energy lending criteria are the set of rules, revised regularly, which the Bank sets for its activities to be compliant with the European Union’s policy objectives.

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Open letter from the Coalition for Higher Ambition on climate

PUBLISHED: March 18, 2019

EGEC co-signed a letter in the framework of the discussions on the objective of the European Union for the long-term energy transition.

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