On March 27th, the EU has launched a public consultation which will last until July 2nd. This consultation is defined by a document: the Green Paper "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies". On this occasion, Watts and Co. tries to give you the key points of the EU energy policy since the 2030 framework will inherit the previous 2020 energy goals (the well-known 3x20 targets) and will prepare the 2050 roadmap. What are these three different goals defined by the EU and how can it reach its goals ?
The Energy Climate Package: the 20-20-20 targets
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The overall 20-20-20 binding targets adopted in the Energy Climate Package in 2009 by the EU are cristal clear: a 20% cut in emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 compared with the 1990 levels - this target will rise to 30% if other developed countries make a similar effort - , a 20% increase in the share of the renewable energy in the electricity mix, and a 20% cut in energy consumption. Where do we come from ? These two charts explain what should be done to reach the targets concerning the emission cuts by sector and the renewable energy target by country.
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The Energy roadmap 2050: An Europe without carbon
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The 2030 in-between Green Paper
As explained by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokeswoman of the European Commission in this video from the excellent website www.viEUws.eu - here -, the EU needs "to look ahead, to give investors certainty and to keep the ambitious long-term targets" by 2050. It's the goal of the consultation set with this Green Paper for 2030. This public debate will involve stakeholders to think about what will be the best energy policy for the EU by 2030. The discussions will include the major changes observed since the 2020 targets have been set: changes in the economy, new developments in technology concerning nuclear or renewable energies. As explained in the viEUws energy briefing by Hughes Belin - here - the debate will feed the next energy summit discussions in May. Proposals will come by the end of year. These mid-term targets will feed also the discussions by 2015 concerning the treaty for the after-Kyoto protocol era which will begin in 2020.
- Philip Lowe, Director-General of Energy at the European Commission, on the European Energy Roadmap 2050.