HOW RUSSIA-EU COULD COOPERATE IN SHAPING FUTURE ENERGY RELATIONS

The importance of renewables for EU-Russia energy relations should grow. Despite declarative statements of mutual interest, shared objectives and cooperation in decarbonization policy, there has been very limited cooperation . The EU has set ambitious plans to decarbonize its economy and energy sector by 2050. However, in Russia energy policy is dominated by hydrocarbon exports, decarbonization targets are modest, and there are major problems with their implementation.

ENERGY TRANSITION IN RUSSIA

Russia is quite an important player in the global energy system: with just 3% of the global gross domestic product (GDP) and 2% of the global population, it provides 10% of global primary energy production, 5% of global primary energy consumption, and 16% of international energy trade. Russia is the world’s largest exporter of energy resources (#2 for oil exports, #1 for gas exports, and #3 for coal exports in 2017.

RUSSIA AND THE RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES SECTOR

With its low population density, Russia is theoretically well placed to become a major renewable energy exporter to the EU. The options for exporting renewable energy to the EU include two choices that are already available today: biogas and renewable electricity from wind or solar. 

THE LOBBYING OF TOURISM INTEREST GROUPS

Fragmentation of the tourism industry makes it harder for tourism operators to form a strong lobby to encourage the EU to formulate policies in favour of the industry and there is a lack of co-ordination between stakeholders at European level. The existence of many groups with varied agendas and priorities present further problems to the EU institutions other than just keeping in regular contact. Groups are not able to communicate as effectively as perhaps they would like.

MAJOR TOURISM ORGANIZATIONS AT EU LEVEL

Tourism in General

THE TRANSITION TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE COASTAL AND MARITIME TOURISM

Sustainable coastal and maritime tourism policies must acknowledge the impacts of tourism activities on the coastal territories, the vulnerability and complexity of the coastal and maritime ecosystems and its interactions with the different sub-components of the CMT.

Recommended Actions

1. Promote coherence, stakeholders collaboration and cooperation mechanisms.

a. Ensure coherent, integrated and consistent policies at all political, geographic and sectoral levels.

SIX MONTH REVIEW OF NEW APPOINTMENTS AMONG INTEREST GROUPS

Source: Politico EU Influence

From: 20 December 2019 thru 29 May 2020

 29 May, 2020

Hill+Knowlton Strategies this week appointed Philippe Maze-Sencier as its global chair of public affairs, as of June 8. Maze-Sencier leaves McLarty Associates, where he served in leadership positions in the business advisory firm’s Brussels and DC offices.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies also appointed Kelli Parsons as its global chair of corporate affairs, as of June 15.

PROPOSALS FOR A GREEN ECONOMIC STIMULUS

Source: Notre Europe (Jacques Delors Institute)

Summary

1. Renovating schools and other educational buildings

2. Renovating the dwellings of energy poor households

3. Rolling out a large network of charging points

4. Accelerating the uptake of cycling

5. Boosting European battery production

6. Encouraging the purchase of electric cars

7. Investing in clean economy start-ups and SMEs

8. Boosting investment in clean economy demonstration projects

9. Accelerating the transition towards a circular economy

RUSSIA AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Russia is the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world after China, the U.S. and India  contributing around 4.6% of all global emissions. Moreover, its per capita emissions are among the highest in the world - 53% higher than China and 79% higher than the EU, though 25% lower than the U.S.

MASSIVE FRENCH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT TO TOURISM SECTOR

Le secteur du tourisme en France va bénéficier d'un plan de soutien exceptionnel de 18 milliards d'euros d'engagements . L'effort d'investissement de l'État sera porté par la Banque des Territoires ((La Banque des territoires est une direction de la Caisse des dépôts et consignations) et Bpifrance (Banque publique d’investissement) sous forme de prêts et d'investissements en fonds propre

D’ors et déjà 62 000 entreprises (Hôtels, restaurants, voyagistes) ont d'ores et déjà bénéficié de 6,2 milliards d'euros de prêts garantis par l'État. 

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