High-level discussion on Spain’s recovery plan

EU-ASE and the Grupo Español para el Crecimiento Verde are hosting a event on Next Generation EU and Spain

On Thursday 22 April (10:00-12:15 CET) we are organising, together with the Grupo Español para el Crecimiento Verde, a high-level discussion on the Spanish Recovery and Resilience plan.

The aim of the event is, on the one hand, to analyse in depth how the expectations of the Government and different areas of the Administration regarding the Next Generation EU funds fit with the capacities of the industry and the private sector. On the other hand, to learn in detail about the mechanisms that will be used to channel projects funding.

The webinar Plan de recuperación, resiliencia y sostenibilidad social y ambiental para salir de la crisis will see the participation of representatives of the Spanish government and of regional and local authorities.

The event will be held in Spanish (no translation provided).

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The contribution of water efficiency and energy savings to the European Green Deal

With this workshop, co-organised with the Maltese Ministry for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development, we explored policy, technological and practical approaches to fully realise the highly needed energy savings and achieve the emissions-reduction potential of the water-energy nexus.

Water and energy are highly interdependent (‘water-energy nexus’) and should be considered as such across all European Union policies. This would ensure the availability of Europe’s water resources, while supporting the EU energy and climate objectives, in particular those related to energy efficiency.

Energy is needed to abstract, distribute, heat, cool, treat and desalinate water. Water and wastewater sectors account for 3.5% of electricity use in the EU and that share is expected to rise over the next years. For municipalities, water and waste water facilities account for the largest consumption of electricity, representing 30-40% of local authorities’ total electricity bill.

Smart water management across the water sector as well as industrial, commercial, and residential water cycles can lead to significant energy savings. The key is to fully understand the energy-water nexus, its ability to generate water and energy efficiencies, and its contribution to deliver the ambitious goals of the European Green Deal.

The workshop featured:

  • A keynote address from Miriam Dalli, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Malta
  • An overview of the EU policy and regulatory framework related to the water-energy nexus by Veronica Manfredi, Director for Quality of Life, DG Environment, European Commission; and Robert Nuij, Deputy Head of Unit for Energy Efficiency, DG Energy, European Commission
  • Case studies presentations by leading businesses to support current EU policy implementation and future policy and regulatory developments
  • Q&A with the panelists
  • Conclusions by Simona Bonafè, Member of the European Parliament and of the ENVI and ITRE Committees

Watch the recording of the event on our YouTube channel

The full presentation is available here

Our publication:
Water-energy nexus and energy saving obligations: industry success stories

EU-ASE at M&M and Reuters Breakingviews Predictions 2021

On 26 January 2021, EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni participated in the webinar “Reuters Breakingviews Predictions 2021”  hosted by M&M in collaboration with Reuters Breakingviews. Ms Frassoni took the floor in the second part of the webinar, which focused on how cities will rebound from the Covid-19 crisis, highlighting the key role of energy efficiency for green recovery.

The session also featured Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens, and Stefano Boeri, internationally renowned Architect and Urban Planner, and was moderated by Rob Cox, Global Editor of Reuters Breakingviews.

The recording of the webinar is available here.

EU-ASE at Next Generation Brescia (Italy)

On 15 December 2020 EU-ASE co-hosted Next Generation Brescia, an online event to discuss the opportunity to boost green economic recovery at local level in the framework of Next Generation EU and the Italian Recovery and Resilience Plan.

EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni moderated the first part of the event, which focused on European and national guidelines for the Italian recovery and resilience plan. The session featured high-level speakers from the European Commission and the Italian government, including Antonio Misiani, Vice-Minister of Economy and Finance, and Marco Buti, Head of cabinet of EU Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni.

 

The recording of the webinar is available here (in Italian)
Read the article about the event (in Italian)

 

EU-ASE at How Can We Govern Europe? (Italy)

On 3 December 2020 EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni participated in the 7th edition of How can we govern Europe?, the annual conference hosted by the Italian EU affairs media Eunews. This years’ edition was held as an online discussion.

In her intervention, Monica Frassoni discussed how to advance energy efficiency as a key tool to achieve climate neutrality both at European and national level, as well as how Italy can boost a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic through its Recovery and Resiliency Plan.

Speakers included representatives of the Italian government, the European Commission and the European Parliament.

 

The recording of the webinar is available here (in Italian)