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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

EU states confirm 2030 renewable energy target
EU states gave the green light Wednesday to a provisional agreement on the revision of the renewable energy directive, with a headline target of 32% energy from renewable sources at EU level for 2030.

14 EU countries call for strong action to limit warming to 1.5°C
Environment Ministers of Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom meeting in Luxembourg today have called upon the EU to make significant further efforts to fight climate change, over and above the already taken commitments.

EU confirms deal on energy savings and governance
EU decision-makers have reached agreement on a 32.5 per cent target for energy savings by 2030, as well as a new instrument to help EU Member States deliver on Europe's energy and climate goals.

EU opens way to net zero greenhouse gas emissions
EU decision-makers agreed to aim for a net zero emissions economy "as soon as possible" in the early hours of this morning.

EU overturns barriers to rooftop revolution but renewable target falls short of serious climate action
Solar panels could soon cover millions more rooftops in Europe, after the EU reached a deal on Wednesday to make it easier for households to play a part in the renewable energy transition, said Greenpeace.

EU renewables deal will hurt climate and forests
EU decision-makers reached agreement in the middle of the night on an unambitious Renewable Energy Directive with rules on bioenergy that put both the climate and forests worldwide at risk.

EU energy deal targets 32 pct renewables by 2030
EU Parliament and Council negotiators struck a deal last night for a share of energy from renewables of at least 32% of the EU's gross final consumption in 2030, with an upwards revision clause by 2023.

Climate change activists call on EU energy ministers to unlock rooftop revolution
Climate change activists urged EU energy ministers meeting in Luxembourg to live up to their climate commitments and stop restricting the rights of people to produce and share their own renewable energy. The ministers are gathering two days ahead of final negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Commission on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.

No fine for Gazprom as EU settles antitrust dispute
The EU Commission settled its antitrust dispute with Russia's Gazprom Thursday, imposing conditions on the state-controlled energy giant to enable free flow of gas 'at competitive prices' in east European gas markets.

Greenpeace activists call out EU ministers for failing to support renewable energy development
Climate change activists demonstrating outside a meeting of EU energy ministers in the Bulgarian capital Sofia urged European governments to stop restricting the rights of people to produce and share their own renewable energy.

EU aims for near zero-energy buildings by 2050
MEPs set a goal of near zero-energy buildings in the EU by 2050 Tuesday as they gave final approval to the Energy Performance of Buildings directive for smarter and more energy efficient buildings.

French building community taking up the challenge of upscaling energy renovation of buildings
On 27th March, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) organised with the French Coalition for Energy Efficiency (CFEE) a workshop on 'Energy Renovation of Buildings in France: how to make the most out of the revised EU framework, with a French perspective'.

MEPs look to give consumers more choice and greater energy security
An EU Parliament committee approved Wednesday an energy package offering more competition in the electricity market, better information for consumers and plans to tackle shortages during crises.

MEPs take a step towards fixing electricity market rules
Today the European Parliament's industry and energy committee (ITRE) adopted its position on the laws to redesign the EU’s electricity market.

European Parliament committee restricts controversial subsidies to coal, gas and nuclear plants
The European Parliament's energy committee has proposed restrictions for controversial subsidies for energy utilities in its vote on the energy market reform. So-called capacity mechanisms - national subsidies to keep power plants on standby - would only be allowed as a "last resort" and would be heavily regulated.

EU approval of six electricity capacity mechanisms to ensure security of supply
The European Commission approved on 7 February under EU State aid rules electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland. The Commission found that the measures will contribute to ensuring security of supply whilst preserving competition in the Single Market.

Electricity backup systems given EC green light
The European Commission approved Wednesday under EU State aid rules six electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland, to safeguard security of electricity supply.

EU states endorse deal on energy efficient buildings
EU states confirmed Wednesday a political agreement on the revised directive on the energy performance of buildings, to improve energy efficiency in buildings and encourage building renovation.

France-Spain energy link receives EUR 578m EU funding
EUR 578 m of EU money is to be channelled into a major electricity interconnection project between Spain and France, as part of the EU's Connecting Europe Facility infrastructure investment instrument.

European Parliament votes to increase renewable energy target
The European Parliament voted on 17 January to increase the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target to 35 per cent.

MEPs deliver on energy efficiency and governance, but drop ball on biomass
The European Parliament today added a dose of ambition to the European Commission’s energy efficiency proposal and supported a 2050 climate goal for the EU. However, it also voted for weak renewables targets and in favour of burning trees for energy.

MEPs raise targets for energy efficiency and renewables
The EU Parliament signalled its readiness Wednesday to negotiate with ministers on binding targets to boost energy efficiency by 35% and the share of renewables in the total energy mix by 35%, by 2030.

Clean Energy for All Europeans
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a new package of measures with the goal of providing the stable legislative framework needed to facilitate the clean energy transition - and thereby taking a significant step towards the creation of the Energy Union. Aimed at enabling the EU to deliver on its Paris Agreement commitments, the 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' proposals are intended to help the EU energy sector become more stable, more competitive, and more sustainable, and fit for the 21st century. With a view to stimulating investment in the clean energy transition, the package has three main goals: Putting energy efficiency first; Achieving global leadership in renewable energies; Providing a fair deal for consumers

EU bioenergy proposals "threat to climate and sustainable development" - NGOs
Today 30 NGOs from around the world are calling on MEPs to make urgent changes to planned bioenergy rules at their upcoming vote. The current plans are "a serious threat to climate and sustainable development goals", say the NGOs, including WWF, in a letter to EU law-makers.

EU reaches deal on energy performance of buildings
The EU presidency secured provisional agreement with the European Parliament on new rules on the energy performance of buildings Tuesday, with final approval expected at the start of next year.