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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The new energy strategy of the European Union for 2020

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News On November 10th, the Commission presented the Communication "Energy 2020" for a new strategy for a competitive, sustainable and secure energy. It sets the priorities in energy field until 2020 and the necessary actions to achieve energy savings, ensuring truly competitive prices on the market and security of supply. in parallel, the goal is to maintain the leading position of the EU in terms of technology.

Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said that the energy challenge is one of the greatest tests for the Commission. Putting its energy system onto a new, more sustainable and secure path may take time but ambitious decisions need to be taken now. To have an efficient, competitive and low-carbon economy it is important to europeanise our energy policy and focus on a few but pressing priorities. In the Communication adopted today, the Commission identifies five top priorities. On the basis of these priorities and the action presented, the Commission will come forward with concrete legislative initiatives and proposals within the next 18 months. This communication also sets the agenda for the discussion by Heads of States and Governments at the very first EU Summit on Energy on 4 February 2011. Energy savings The Commission proposes to focus its initiatives on the two sectors with the biggest energy saving potential: transport and buildings. To help house owners and local entities to finance renovation and energy saving measures, the Commission will propose investment incentives and innovative financial instruments by mid 2011. The public sector should take energy efficiency into consideration when buying works, services or products. In the industrial sector, energy efficiency certificates could be an incentive for companies to invest in technology which uses less energy. Pan-European integrated energy market with infrastructures The Commission sets a target date for completing the internal energy market. By 2015 no Member State should be isolated. Over the next ten years, overall energy infrastructure investments in the EU of Euro 1 trillion are needed. To speed up essential EU strategic projects, the Commission proposes simplified and shorter building permits, setting a maximum time frame until final authorisation and EU funding. A "one-stop shop" should coordinate all the permit requests needed to realize a project. 27 States, one voice on energy in the world It is proposed that the EU coordinates its energy policy vis-à-vis third countries, especially in its relation with key partners. Within the neighbourhood policy, the Commission proposes to extend and deepen the Energy Community Treaty to further integrate countries willing to participate in the EU’s energy market. A major cooperation with Africa is also announced, which aims at providing sustainable energy to all citizens of this continent Europe's leadership in energy technology and innovation Four major projects in key areas for Europe's competitiveness will be launched, such as new technologies for intelligent networks and electricity storage, research on second-generation biofuels and the 'smart cities' partnership to promote energy savings in urban areas. Safe, secure and affordable energy through active consumers The Commission proposes new measures on price comparison, switching suppliers, clear and transparent billing. Background: EU energy goals have been incorporated into the "Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth", as adopted by the European Council in June 2010. In particular, the EU aims at achieving ambitious energy and climate-change objectives for 2020: reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 20 %, increase the share of renewable energy to 20 % and make a 20 % improvement in energy efficiency.

Source :  European Commission website

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