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Hans De Keulenaer
  • In 3 out of the 4 studies including a business-as-usual cost, the 100% RE scenarios were found to be between 41% and 104% more expensive. The fourth study showed electricity costs to be the same for a 100% RE system and business-as-usual system, and the 100% RE system to be 62% cheaper when externalities are included.
Hans De Keulenaer
  • In June, a new Right to Energy coalition brought together unions, environmental NGOs, energy cooperatives, ombudsmen and anti-poverty organisations to defend the right to affordable, renewable energy for all Europeans in the 2030 EU energy package.


    As the European Parliament gears up to vote on these critical energy files, political groups are joining the effort to support our demands. The transition must benefit the most vulnerable: let's seize the chance to build a better future for all!

Hans De Keulenaer
  • The Commission is working on a number of issues that could have an adverse effect on the fire safety of buildings and occupants. Almost one-third of its Directorates-General deal with different legislation or have responsibilities that affect fire safety.


    The Commission should pursue a coordinated approach to fire safety in the EU by developing a fire safety strategy which would enable Member States to exchange data and best practices, and set out a vision for fire safety in the EU.


    What is the Commission planning to do to tackle fire safety?


    The Commission has in the past acted on safety issues subject to subsidiarity, such as road safety, and has achieved excellent results. Why does it not take similar action in the case of fire safety?


    Policies such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) can have a tremendous impact on fire safety. Will the Commission ensure that the sustainable buildings of the future are also resilient to fire by including fire safety provisions?

Hans De Keulenaer
  • the transition to a circular economy also means that consumers will increasingly become service users, and this shift to new business models could have a significant impact on resource efficiency in the transport sector;
  • over 100 million Europeans are exposed to noise levels above the EU threshold of 55 decibels (dB), including some 32 million who are exposed to ‘very loud’ levels, i.e. in excess of 65 dB;

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  • The power system can integrate substantially higher shares of renewable electricity than currently projected for 2030, and at lower cost. By 2030, at least 61% of Europe’s electricity can come from renewable sources. This is well above the 49% renewable electricity share projected under current ambitions (reflecting the overall 27% RES target for 2030).
  • Interdependency between national electricity systems should deepen, with benefits shared by all. A narrow, national perspective on power system security fails to reap the significant cost savings offered by cross-border cooperation (EUR 3.4bn per year in 2030).
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  • Share in transport 78 14 18 19 19 20 22
  • Electrification of transport: total stock of electrically chargeable (full electric, plug-in hybrids and fuel cells) cars and vans (in millions) 15,8 34,2 39,8 39,9 45,8 55,5
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  • At the Solar + Power 2017 Awards banquet held Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Dylan Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Luvata Special Products was recognized in the category of 'Best Cost Management Tool' for its Sunwire Calculator. The Sunwire Calculator is an online tool that enables photovoltaic module manufacturers to make more informed decisions concerning their solar ribbon needs.
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  • It is estimated that up to 2030 about 180 bn euro in investments are needed to upgrade and expand European energy networks. These investments would lead to 40-70 bn euro 3 annual savings in terms of avoided generation costs and more competitive gas wholesale prices, helping to keep the costs of the energy transition at check and thus strengthening the Union's competitiveness.
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