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Summer Break

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The Energy and Climate Law blog is on summer break to enjoy the sun and recharge batteries. The blog is returning with new analyses of energy and climate law developments by the end of August. Many thanks for your support and have a good summer time!

Aviation Industry Wants to Get Rid Of Their Obligations Under EU Emission Trading Scheme

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The aviation industry recently floated their idea to pull the industry out of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) with a new Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The Council of the International  Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) resolved the pillars of such an alternative scheme at its summit in Montreal atthe end of June, calling it a `landmark decision`.  However, questions are abound.

EU Agrees Upon Binding 32 Per Cent Target For Renewable Energy by 2030

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On 14 June 2018 the European Union reached a political agreement to introduce a legally binding renewable energy target of 32 per cent of total energy consumption across the Union. This target must be reached by 2030. The target will form part of the new recast Renewable Energy Directive that is currently in the legislative process of the EU, as part of the so called `Clean Energy for All Europeans` - packagage.

Southern Gas Corridor: Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) Opened

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The long-standing plan of the European Union to diversify its gas supplies received a boost yesterday, when a missing link of the so called Southern Gas Corridor, the TANAP-pipeline, has been officially opened by the presidents of Turkey and Azerbaijan. TANAP is the second of the three pipelines that cumulatively create the Southern Gas Corridor starting operations. The ultimate aim of the Southern Gas Corridor is to bring gas from Azerbaijan`s Shah Deniz gas fields to Europe to reduce import dependence on Russian Gas. The final leg of the corridor, the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), however, has not yet been opened and questionsare abundant.

European Commission Cracking Down on Gazprom`s European Business - Case Comment AT 39816

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The European Commission issued a legally binding antitrust decision (AT 39816) yesterday that imposes a number of conditions on Gazprom to continue its business operations in Europe. Amongst them is the obligation for Gazprom to remove the infamous prohibition for customers to re-sell gas cross-border from Gazprom`s delivery contracts. The measures shall force Gazprom to end the practice of selling gas to different EU Member States at different prices. However, there are issues with the dcision that Gazprom is likely to seize upon.


First Part of `Clean Energy Package` finally adopted

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The European Council adopted a revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU and parts of Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency today after lengthy negotiations with the European Commission and the Parliament. This is the first tool of the `Clean Energy for All Europeans` package, initially proposed by the European Commission on 30 November 2016, that completed the legislative procedure and will now come into force. The European Parliament already adopted the revised directive one month earlier, on 17 April 2018.

Safety of German Offshore Windparks Questioned After Major Incident

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The first German offshore wind farm `Alpha Ventus´, located 45 km off the coast of the German island of Borkum, has been considerably damaged. At the beginning of April, the main parts of the gondola of one wind turbine broke off and fell 90 meters into the North Sea. The park features 120 structurally identical wind turbines that have been produced by the German manufacturer ADWEN. The reasons for the damage are entirely unclear, but a fierce debate on liability and the safety of offshore wind farms is already on its way in the north of Germany.