Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources>Power, Multiple RE Sources>All, Multiple RE Sources>CHP, Multiple RE Sources>Heating
Policy Sector:Framework 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. 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. 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. Improved interconnection is also menat to develop the integration of on- and off-shore renewable energies. 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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