By gathering the most up-to-date energy and climate-related news, policy updates, and events in a weekly document, the EERA Weekly Policy Update (WPU) represents a comprehensive tool at the service of the EERA community.
Delivered every week, the brief provides up-to-date news and information in the sustainable and clean energy field to keep the community informed. Besides the latest European policy developments, the sources consulted include reports and publications from the European Institutions and international agencies working on climate and clean energy research.
Alongside sector-specific news, the WPU also provides an outline of the upcoming EU Institutional Agenda and a list of energy R&I related events organised by community members and external stakeholders.
The following are the main takeaways from the recently published editions, classified by month:
- 29 March - The Council of the EU adopted the 8th Environmental Action Programme (EAP), which will serve as a guide for environmental policymaking and implementation until 2030.
- 30 March - The European Commission presented a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition.
- 7 April - EU Member States adopted the fifth package proposal on further sanctions towards Russia, including a full oil embargo.
- 7 April - The first virtual meeting of the established EU Platform for the common purchase of gas, LNG and hydrogen was held, chaired by Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director General for Energy at the European Commission.
- 8 April - The European Commission published the first industrial technology roadmap under the new European Research Area (ERA). The document sketches out the key technologies and the means to transfer them to the industrial ecosystem for energy-intensive industries at EU and national levels.
- 22 April - The European Commission marked Earth Day 2022 with a Climate Pact pledge to become climate neutral by 2030, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 60% compared to 2005 levels and compensating the remaining emissions with carbon removals.
- 28 April - The European Commission announced the 100 EU cities that will participate in the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030. The Cities Mission will receive €360 million of Horizon Europe funding, corresponding to 2022-23, to start the innovation paths towards climate neutrality by 2030.
- 29 April - The EU Commission performed a thematic analysis of R&I measures in the Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs) of the EU member states, as submitted under the umbrella of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility. The RRPs foresee 224 measures directly related to R&I, 55 reforms and 169 investment plans for a budget of around €44.4 billion.