Renewable Matter # 18 / September-October

Brussels' Battle for Efficiency

by Francesco Petrucci

This summer’s hurricanes, which battered the Caribbean and the Southern United States, once again drew media attention to climate change, the main topic of this coming autumn United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) presided over by the Government of Fiji will take place in Bonn between 6th and 17th November 2017. COP23 will resume COP21 (2015 Paris Agreement) technical implementation work according to the commitment undertaken by the parties during COP22 in Marrakesh the following year. To date, 160 of the 197 participating Countries have ratified the Paris Agreement.

The European Parliament is doing its best to have an active role during the coordination meetings. It has managed to send out an important signal inviting other members to take concrete actions against climate change. On 7th September, the Environmental Commission introduced tougher commitments on energy efficiency provided for by the proposed directive on this subject that will...

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