Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:European Council
Legal References:Presidency Conclusions of the European Council of 8 and 9 (7224/07)
Description:Based on the Energy Package presented by the European Commission on 10 January 2007, the Heads of State and Government at the spring European Council on 9 March 2007 adopted a comprehensive energy Action Plan for the period 2007-2009. The Council adopted various binding targets, and established priority action areas. Energy Efficiency The Plan establishes the objective of saving 20% of the EUs energy consumption compared to projections for 2020 and calls for implementation of the 2006 Action Plan on Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy The Plan reaffirms the EUs commitment to the development of renewable energies beyond 2010, and establishes the following targets: -Binding target of a 20% share of renewable energies in overall EU energy consumption by 2020 -a 10% minimum binding target to be achieved by all Member States for the share of biofuels in overall EU transport petrol and diesel consumption by 2020, to be introduced in a cost-efficient way. This is subject to production being sustainable, second-generation biofuels becoming commercially available, and the Fuel Quality Directive being amended accordingly to allow for adequate levels of blending Differentiated national targets are to be derived with the involvement of Member States, who will decide on their own national targets for specific sectors of renewable energies (electricity, heating and cooling, biofuels). Member States are to establish their targets and develop Action Plans containing sectoral targets and measures to meet them. Energy Technologies The Council supports the Commissions following initiatives: - to table a Strategic Energy Technology Plan for presentation to the Council in 2008 - to stimulate the construction and operation of up to 12 demonstration plants of sustainable fossil fuel technologies in commercial power generation by 2012. The Council further encouarges Member States to invest in R&D necessary to bring environmentally safe carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to deployment with new fossil-fuel power plants by 2020. Internal energy market The Plan reaffirms the need to implement an internal market for gas and electricity, requiring improvements in regulation, harmonisation, and new mechanisms. It establishes a target for Member States, to achieve at least 10% electricity and gas interconnection capacity by 2010. Security of Supply In order to contribute to security of supply, the Council underlines the need for diversification of energy sources and transport routes, developing crisis response mechanisms, developing transparent oil data, plus conducting various studies, impact assessments and reviews on the status of EU energy supply. International Energy Policy The Plan establishes common essential elements when developing the common voice of the EU in support of energy policy objectives. These include strengthening partnership and cooperation with various countries, using instruments under the European Neighbourhood Policy to enhance energy relationships, building dialogue with African countries. The Action Plan is to be examined yearly by the Council. In early 2009 the European Commission is invited to provide an updated Strategic Energy Review , to serve as the basis for the new Energy Action Plan from 2010 onwards to be adopted by the Spring 2010 European Council.

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