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November 2020

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Electrifying EU city logistics

Given the increase in parcel deliveries during the pandemic, electrifying urban logistics takes on heightened importance and urgency. The good news is that electrification is possible now. RAP and the International Council on Clean Transportation analysed the energy and charging requirements of electric fleets and identified best practices for reducing costs — particularly through smart truck charging. The authors provide recommendations for European regulators, depot operators and charging infrastructure stakeholders. For a brief summary, join today’s webinar!

   
   

ELECTRIFICATION ACADEMY

Webinar: Electrification in the energy transition

The European Green Deal envisions a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050. Electrification is a powerful tool that can help catapult Europe’s energy transition forward. Leonardo Energy and RAP invite you to the first webinar of their new Electrification Academy series on Wednesday, 25 November, at 3:00 p.m. CET. Wouter Nijs of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and David Farnsworth of RAP delve into the role that electrification can play in meeting Europe’s climate goals.

   
   

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Minimum energy performance standards for European buildings

The European Commission recently announced its Renovation Wave Strategy, which calls for mandatory minimum energy performance standards for existing buildings. On the planned trajectory to net zero by 2050, buildings will play a pivotal role. Europe needs to at least triple the current rate and depth of renovations to hold this course, and minimum energy performance standards are a powerful option. This policy tool can lower carbon emissions, increase efficiency and improve citizens’ health and well-being.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

JOBS

Were hiring!

RAP is looking for a senior associate with at least ten years of relevant energy sector experience. Are you a power sector policy and regulation expert who is interested in engaging actively with decision-makers and stakeholders? We could be looking for you! Apply by 19 November.

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GLOBAL INSIGHTS

Time-varying rates: Opportunities for reform

Although some New England utilities offer modernised rates for electric vehicles and battery storage, there is room for improvement in residential pricing. A brief from RAP’s U.S. programme discusses how dynamic rates could be updated to benefit consumers and utilities — with important lessons for European policymakers.

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RAP IN THE MEDIA

“We also need to choose the [charging infrastructure] locations that are best in terms of the electricity grid.” — Julia Hildermeier on building an essential charging network for EVs.

   
 


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