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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Posts Tagged ‘neutrality’

The EU will not reach 2050 climate neutrality without raising its energy and climate targets

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 ottobre 2019

Members adopted the opinion ‘Sustainable Europe by 2030, follow-up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals: ecological transition and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change’. The opinion focuses on the ‘planet’ pillar of the UN’s 2030 Agenda – the goals linked to the ecological and climate transition. Members stress the urgent need to ‘localise’ SDGs including the definition of local and regional objectives, milestones and progress indicators in addition to deploying adequate resources.Rapporteur Sirpa Hertell (FI/EPP), city councillor of Espoo, said: “We can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals only if the EU and national levels work together with cities and regions. It is us who can transform these goals locally through sustainable projects. This is what we have done successfully in my city of Espoo.” It is estimated that 65% of the 169 targets underlying the 17 SDGs will not be reached without the engagement of local and regional governments (OECD).As requisites to achieve the SDGs, members request full policy coherence and effective multi-level governance – which formally includes LRAs in planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and verification at the EU and global levels. Ending subsidies on fossil fuels and strong market-based incentives for multiplying clean investments are a must, members agree. During the new mandate 2019-20124, the CoR seeks to deepen cooperation with the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development and EP competent committees to accelerate the implementation of SDGs locally.
The CoR calls on Member States to further involve local and regional authorities in the definition and future implementation of their NECPs as stipulated in the Regulation on the governance of the energy union and climate action. In addition, the EU’s Assembly of cities and regions proposes to create and coordinate, jointly with the European Commission, a permanent platform that brings together Member States’ representatives, local and regional authorities and CoR members as to improve cooperation and coherence towards reaching the EU’s 2030 climate and energy objectives and climate neutrality by 2050.Members adopted an opinion on ‘Implementing the Paris Agreement through innovative and sustainable energy transition at regional and local level’. Rapporteur Witold Stepien (PL/EPP), Member of the Lódzkie Regional Assembly, said: “To implement the Paris climate accord and ambitious emission targets for climate protection, we need a just energy transition. For this to succeed, it is necessary to broadly involve regional and local authorities as they can most effectively put into practice and stimulate the initiatives and expectations of citizens and businesses.”The CoR recalls its demand to increase the EU’s 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 40% to 50%, to raise the renewable energy target to 40% and to set more ambitious targets for energy efficiency as the only way to reach climate neutrality by 2050.Complementing the opinion of rapporteur Stepien, members adopted ‘The socio-economic transformation of Europe’s coal regions’ by Mark Speich (DE/EPP), Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs from North Rhine Westphalia. Members agree on the need to deploy a dedicated fund to support coal regions’ economic transformation and alleviate the socio-economic difficulties that may result from it. While linked to cohesion policy governance, the specific fund should not be deducted from its current budget share, members agree.The clean energy transition in coal and energy-intense regions is a key aspect of Europe’s decarbonisation and a requisite to honour the EU’s commitments under the Paris climate agreement. Coal accounts for nearly a quarter of the total electricity production in the EU. It employs 240,000 people in mines and power plants across 41 regions and 12 EU countries (EC). Members unanimously adopted the opinion ‘Smart cities: new challenges for a just transition toward climate neutrality – how to implement the SDGs in real life’. Rapporteur Andries Gryffroy (BE/EA), member of the Flemish Parliament, said: “Cities and communities have an important role to play in the transition to a resource-efficient, climate-neutral and bio-diverse Europe. We need to create more and better opportunities to help and support local and regional actors in this evolution. A bottom-up approach, with smart actions evolving out of local cooperation will be necessary. This inclusivity is equally necessary to close the digital gap as to make sure that the weakest parties are not left behind in the transition towards a digital society.” The adopted opinion responds to a referral of Finland’s EU presidency.

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Europe will not reach climate neutrality by 2050 without its cities and regions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 luglio 2019

Head of the first sitting of the new European Parliament, public opinion is increasingly shaping the climate debate. As weekly protests recall, climate ambition is currently insufficient to reverse global warming. Likewise, EU cities and regions are calling for higher targets and resources to fast track Europe’s sustainable energy transition. On Member Sates’ National Energy and Climate Plans, the CoR denounces a lack of permanent multi-level dialogue with local and regional governments as specified by the Energy Union Governance. The European Committee of the Regions has adopted by unanimity the opinion of Michele Emiliano (IT/PES), President of the Puglia region, concerning ‘A Clean Planet for all A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy’. The opinion includes a set of proposals that contribute to the EU 2050 climate neutral strategy presented by the European Commission in November 2018.
The CoR asks to raise the share of the EU budget spent on climate to at least 30%, recalling the importance of an effective “energy taxation” to ensure a coordinated, coherent and timely response to climate change.Members support revising the 32% target for renewable energy at EU level in the light of technological developments with a view to reaching 40% by 2030 in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.The CoR proposes to create a ‘European climate neutrality observatory’, aimed at mapping and monitoring the vulnerabilities of the different territories to the energy transition. Members declare their availability to cooperate with the European Commission on a structure for technical exchanges regarding the implementation of the Clean Energy Package.The EU’s Assembly of cities and regions requests to systematically involve regions and local authorities in the implementation of SDGs, the Paris agreement and COP25 preparatory work, including a CoR representative as observer in all UNFCCC bodies.
The CoR’s opinion emphasises the need to reinforce the link between climate policies and air quality and the direct impact these have on citizens’ health. Decarbonisation is the most effective preventive policy for protecting citizens’ health, members agree. The European Environment Agency estimates 483,000 premature deaths occur in Europe every year due to air pollution.Member States presented drafts of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) last 31 December 2018.NECPs include countries’ planning tools to contribute to the implementation of the Energy Union objectives, mainly the 2030 energy and climate targets. Last week, the European Commission presented NECPs country assessments. Final NECPs need to be delivered by the end of this year.

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“View from the top”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 ottobre 2010

Roma venerdì 8 ottobre 2010 Stefano Pileri, Presidente di Confindustria Servizi Innovativi e Tecnologici ed Amministratore Delegato di Italtel, sarà tra gli ospiti della serata “View from the top” con James Cicconi Senior Executive Vice President AT&T, in una delle più’ esclusive location romane. “View from the top” con Jim Cicconi è una nuova occasione di confronto, con un numero ristretto di rappresentanti delle Istituzioni e del mondo dell’industria, sugli sviluppi delle policy e della regolamentazione americana nel settore delle tlc con l’amministrazione Obama. Oggetto di discussione tematiche quali quella sulla net neutrality e sul nuovo piano per lo sviluppo della banda larga ad alta velocità.
Stefano Pileri Nato a Roma nel 1955, si è laureato a Roma nel 1980 in Ingegneria Elettronica e specializzato in Elettromagnetismo Applicato nel 1981. Ha operato in SIP dal 1982 dove ha occupato responsabilità crescenti nell’ambito della Rete ed in particolare nel settore dei Sistemi di Gestione.Nel 1996 ha assunto la responsabilità della Pianificazione e Sviluppo Clienti Rete nell’ambito della Divisione Rete di Telecom Italia. Nel 1997 ha ricoperto l’incarico di Responsabile dell’Area Pianificazione e Sviluppo della Direzione Rete.Nel 2009 è eletto nuovo Presidente di Confindustria Servizi Innovativi e Tecnologici. Nel settembre 2010 diventa Amministratore Delegato di Italtel.

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Cosa succede a Washington?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 settembre 2010

Roma 8 Ottobre 2010  seconda serata Puntoit e Key4biz “View from the Top”. Sarà una nuova occasione di confronto per un numero ristretto di addetti ai lavori con James Cicconi Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs AT&T.  James Cicconi è uno dei più influenti decision maker internazionali. Tema della serata: Cosa succede a Washington? Cosa è cambiato con l’Amministrazione Obama? I dossier caldi in discussione negli Stati Uniti: net neutrality ed il nuovo piano americano per larga banda.
James W. Cicconi, Jim served as Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs – AT&T Services Inc. since November 2005. Mr. Cicconi served as Senior Executive Vice President for External and Legislative Affairs of AT&T Inc., (formerly, SBC Communications Inc.) since November 2005. Mr. Cicconi served as Executive Vice President for Law and Government Affairs and General Counsel of AT&T Corp. since December 1998. Prior to joining AT&T in September … 1998, Mr. Cicconi served as Senior Vice President of Law and Government Affairs. He served as a Partner of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. from 1991 to 1998. While practicing law at Akin Gump, Mr. Cicconi specialized in administrative and regulatory law, as well as federal legislation, representing a range of corporate clients, including Mobil, Pfizer, The Bank of New York, and AT&T. He was also involved in a number of significant transactions, including the public sale of Conrail, the restructuring of Executive Life Insurance, the acquisition of Vought Aircraft, the acquisition of Square D, and the restructuring of Lloyd’s of London. Mr. Cicconi interrupted his legal practice in January 1989 to serve for two years in the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bush. Mr. Cicconi served as the Senior Issues Advisor to President Bush’s 1988 and 1992 election campaigns, and has coordinated the drafting of the party platform and assisted in debate preparation for the last three Republican presidential nominees. He also served on the transition staffs of President-elect Bush and Secretary of State-designate James A. Baker III in 1988. Mr. Cicconi served previously in the White House from 1981 to 1985 as Special Assistant to the President and Special Assistant to Chief of Staff James A. Baker III, with responsibility for policy matters ranging from judicial selections to preparation for Cabinet meetings. Before joining the White House staff in 1981, Mr. Cicconi worked as Administrative Assistant to the Governor of Texas, and as General Counsel to the Texas Secretary of State. Mr. Cicconi has served as a presidential appointee to the Administrative Conference of the United States, from 1990 to 1992. He has also been a consultant to the U.S. State Department on international organization matters, and served as a member of the U.S. Reform Observation Panel for UNESCO from 1985 to 1988, and as a U.S. delegate to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). Mr. Cicconi has been Director of El Paso Electric Co., since 1997. Mr. Cicconi serves as a Director of U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Council on Germany. He is a member of the Association of General Counsel, the ABA’s Committee of Corporate General Counsel, and the University of Texas at Austin Development Board, and is vice president of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. He has also served as a presidential appointee to the Review Advisory Committee for UNESCO and to the Administrative Conference of the United States. He serves as Trustee of The Brookings Institution and serves as member of the Brookings Council. Mr. Cicconi has been a commentator on political and public policy issues.

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