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Energy consumption in the EU increased by 1% in 2017

In 2017, energy consumption in the European Union (EU) continued to increase for the third consecutive year, thus moving away from the energy efficiency targets. Primary energy consumption amounted to 1 561 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe), while final energy consumption reached 1 222 Mtoe. Compared with last year, both levels increased by around 1%. 

ONS releases Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economy Final estimates

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released the final estimates for 2016 on the Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Survey results on the low carbon and renewable energy economy in the UK, including direct and indirect activity, employees and turnover. 

BEIS have published competitions on energy flexibility and storage

This week, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published two competitions: 1) Flexibility exchange demonstration projects (FleX competition), and 2) Storage at Scale Competition.

European Commission Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Governance legislation comes into force

From 24 December 2018 the European Commission's three pieces of legislation on Clean Energy for All Europeans package published in the EU Official Journal will enter into force. 

BEIS open consultation on the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have opened a consultation seeking views on proposals for amending the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system. 

BEIS consultation on future for small-scale low-carbon generation

This week, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) opened a consultation on the future for small-scale low-carbon generation. 

CMA launches review of the Energy Market Investigation Order 2016

The CMA has launched an invitation to comment on a proposed review of the Energy Market Investigation (Prepayment Charge Restriction) Order 2016. 

CCC to advise Government on climate risks

The UK Government has formally asked the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to prepare an independent Evidence Report to support the UK’s third comprehensive assessment of the risks and opportunities from climate change.

DEFRA publish resources and waste strategy for England

On Tuesday 18 December, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Michael Gove published the Government's Resources and Waste Strategy for England at Veolia's SELCHP. The strategy sets out how the Government intends to preserve material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy.

BEIS publish Heat Decarbonisation overview

On Tuesday 18 December, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published an overview of key issues identified by the government review of options for achieving long term heat decarbonisation.

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