Country:European Union
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission

Published on 8 March 2006, the European Commissions Green Paper on a European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy provides a strategic framework for forthcoming common energy policy. Inviting public consultation for a period of six months, the Commission identified several preliminary goals to strengthen and secure the European energy market. The Green Paper also lists energy efficiency and renewable energy production in the context of sustainable, secure sources of energy: Improving network security. This could be achieved through increased cooperation between network operators and possibly through a new formal European grouping which could develop into a European Centre for Energy Networks: A Community-wide debate on the different energy sources, including costs and contributions to climate change. This in turn could ensure that the EUs energy mix pursues the objectives of security of supply, competitiveness and sustainable development. An action plan on energy efficiency with commonly agreed objectives. In addition, the Community could propose an international agreement on energy efficiency. A road-map for renewable energy sources, to ensure a predictable framework for the long-term development of renewable energy sources in the EU. It could encompass a proposal for renewable targets for 2020 and a clear short, medium and long term plan to stabilise and gradually reduce the EUs dependence on imported oil. A strategic energy technology plan, building on European technology platforms and possibly leading to joint technology initiatives to develop leading markets for energy innovation. A strategic EU Energy Review, for presentation to the European Council and European Parliament in Spring 2007. This would cover external energy policy and the possibility of limiting dependence on imports of oil and gas, the future of the internal gas and electricity markets, diversity in the EU energy mix and a Road Map for renewable energy. A European energy observatory, enhancing transparency on energy supply and demand issues within the EU.

This record is superseded by:An Energy Policy for Europe

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