Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:European Commission DG Energy and Transport
Legal References:COM (2007)1
Description:On 10 January 2007, the Commission proposed a Communication to the Council and Parliament: "An energy policy for Europe". The Communication is a strategic review of the European energy situation, introduces a complete set of European Energy Policy measures, proposing specific targets and objectives. The Communication reiterates the EUs commitment to reducing its own emissions by at least 20% by 2020. It also calls for the conclusion of an international agreement which will oblige developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020. In the framework of this agreement, the EU would set itself a new objective of reducing its own emissions by 30% compared with 1990 levels. The primary means of acheiving this target are energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Communication confirms the target of reducing energy consumption in the EU by 20% by 2020. These efforts include: - energy saving in the transport sector - the development of minimum efficiency requirements for energy-using appliances - awareness-raising amongst consumers about sensible and economic energy use - improving the efficiency of the production, transport and distribution of heating and electricity - developing energy technologies and improving the energy performance of buildings The Communication confirms the objective of increasing the proportion of renewable energies in its energy mix by 20% by 2020. In particular progress is to be made in the three main sectors where renewable energies are used: - electricity (increasing the production of electricity from renewable sources and allowing the sustainable production of electricity from fossil fuels, principally through the implementation of CO2 capture and storage systems), - biofuels , which should represent 10% of vehicle fuels by 2020 - heating and cooling systems. Framing the commitment to improving energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy, the Communication calls for effectively implementing the EU internal energy market to ensure competitiveness, integration and interconnectedness, and the establishment of an energy public service. It also outlines the key points of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan to be proposed by the European Commission for the 2008 Spring European Council.

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