Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
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EU authorities reach new deal on governance of the Energy Union

EU authorities reach new deal on governance of the Energy Union

Other recently updated policies include the revised Renewable Energy Directive target, which this month increased the proportion of energy the European Union has committed to source from renewables by 2030 from 27% to 32%, and the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive.

The system also aims to build trust and consensus between member states on energy and climate matters. The first of these plans will cover the period from 2021 to 2030, taking into consideration also a longer-term perspective, and the following ones will cover the subsequent ten-year period.

Parliament and Council will evaluate on regular basis progress made on the path towards an Energy Union.

For his part, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete reminded that after agreeing on renewable energy two weeks ago, and on energy efficiency on June 19, the deal reached on June 20 is another major delivery in our transition to clean energy.

Applauding yesterday's agreements on the Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Union Governance Regulation, European Heat Pump Association secretary general Thomas Nowak said: "The agreements reached on energy files in the last hours have set the foundation for a new EU energy framework (32.5% EE/ 32% RES in 2030) to be reviewed in 2023".

"Energy efficiency measures are also an important means to combat energy poverty, which this Commission aims at tackling at the roots". It also establishes new partnerships between member states and civil society, cities and stakeholders.

Michele Rivasi (Greens/EFA, FR), co-rapporteur for Environment and Public Health committee on Energy Union governance, said: "Strong governance rules are needed to respect the Paris agreement". On the 2050 climate vision, this Regulation is a big step forward as for the first time it anchors the concept of "carbon budget" into European Union law and underlines the need to achieve a net-zero carbon economy as early as possible. This will contribute to have all Member States making the best and most cost-efficient choices and the right investments so that their energy decisions climate-consistent and avoid costly lock-ins.

S&D MEP Miroslav Poche, who is the author of the parliamentary report on the Energy Efficiency Directive, also succeeded in including measures to tackle energy poverty so that no one in the European Union has to choose between eating or paying their electricity bills. And, it is also great news for the competitiveness of European industry, reducing costs and stimulating additional investment, growth and employment; particularly in the construction sector. The French and German ministers highlighted the need for the European Union to demonstrate worldwide leadership to combat climate change, noting that an European Union strategy 2050 for the long-term transformation towards greenhouse gas (GHG) neutrality is "not only a necessity, but also an economic opportunity", as well as their resolve to ensure that the European Union undertakes new commitments at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC to update its NDC by early 2020, among others.

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