Europe launches its Green Paper on 2030 energy policy framework

April 8, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-04-08


The EU just launches a consultation on the issue of energetic consumption in 2030. 

In 2008, the EU adopted the well known the “20- 20- 20 in 2020” objectives (a 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions from 1990, improvement of 20% as regards energy efficiency; and a 20% raise of the share of energies produced from renewable sources in the overall consumption of energy by 2020). 


Green Paper on 2030 policy framework

The Green Paper raises a set of questions, including:

– What type, nature and level of climate and energy targets should be set for 2030?

– How can coherence between different policy instruments be attained?

– How can the energy system best contribute to EU competitiveness?

– How can Member States’ different capacities to act be taken into account?

The consultation runs until 2 July. On the basis of the views expressed by Member States, EU institutions and stakeholders, the Commission intends to table the EU’s 2030 framework for climate and energy policies by the end of this year.

Providing clarity on this will give certainty to investors and stimulate innovation and demand for low-carbon technologies, thus supporting progress towards building a more competitive, sustainable and more energy-secure European economy. The 2030 framework will build on the experience and lessons learnt from the 2020 framework and will identify where improvements can be made. As we do that, we take into account changes since 2020, such as the changes in the energy system and the economy, as well as international developments.

Carbon capture and storage

Today’s Consultative Communication identifies the barriers that have prevented CCS from developing at the pace foreseen in 2007. For instance with EU emissions trading system prices well below original expectations, there is no rationale for economic operators to invest in CCS.

The Communication discusses options to further promote the timely demonstration and early deployment of CCS, and invites contributions on the role of CCS in Europe. The responses to the consultation will feed into the Commission’s work on the 2030 policy framework.

Renewable energy

The renewable energy (RES) progress report shows that the current policy framework of legally binding renewable energy targets has resulted in strong growth of the renewable energy sector until 2010, with an EU RES share of 12.7%. For progress to continue and to meet the targets in 2020, more efforts will be needed. Efforts must be especially made in creating certainty for investors, reducing the administrative burden and increasing clarity in the planning.

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