European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

The Commission adopted the Green paper “A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies” (procedure file in the EP Legislative Observatory) in March 2013. The key objectives are “reducing greenhouse gas emission, securing energy supply and supporting growth, competitiveness and jobs through a high technology, cost efficient approach”. It takes into account the longer-term perspectives to 2050 set out in the Roadmaps for a Low carbon economy and Energy, as well as the Transport white paper.

EU 2030 climate and energy framework © memorialphoto / Fotolia

Key issues for the new 2030 framework involve decision on the level of climate and energy targets (following on from the ‘20-20-20 targets’ in the energy and climate package from 2009) and how they should interact. Experience with the current 2020 framework shows that targets provide certainty for investors and act as benchmarks for measuring progress, but policies to reach them have not always been coherent…

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