Energy Union: EU’s effort towards a cleaner climate with integrated energy market

Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action and Energy, holds a press conference on the State of the Energy Union.
Date: 24/11/2017. Location: Brussels – EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2017 Source: EC – Audiovisual Service. Photo: Lukasz Kobus

The European Commission published its third annual energy report last Friday showing the progress that has been made so far since the last report in February of this year. Many policies’ amendments have been proposed for the next decade towards a greener environment and a more harmonised EU gas market. The majority of the EU countries are aligned to their 2020 goals on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

However, the fact that energy consumption figures are increasing leads to a deceleration of the progress. This was indicated at the new analysis of the European Environment Agency (EEA) which proposes to EU member states to keep energy consumption under control and speed up the decarbonisation of the EU energy system.

Third State of the Energy Union Report

The Third Report on the State of the Energy Union which was published by the European Commission last week showed that the EU is changing into to a low-carbon society. The transition can be feasible though only through an infrastructure which meets the needs of the interconnected energy system. Both the Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy commented on the issue.

More specifically, Maroš Šefčovič mentioned that: “The Energy Union will only succeed if we all pull in the same direction. The aim is to deliver on our commitment to complete the Energy Union by the end of the Commission’s current mandate. By 2019, the Energy Union must no longer be a policy but a daily reality benefitting every European citizen. This will require increased ownership by all parts of society. Therefore, I see the next year as the year of engagement”. Furthermore, Miguel Arias Cañete stated: “Europe’s energy transition is well underway, with record levels of renewable energy and rapidly falling costs. But Europe’s energy infrastructure must develop in the same direction and with the same speed to fully support this energy transition. That’s why we are proposing to focus the new list of projects on key electricity interconnections and smart grids. Today’s steps to boost clean energy infrastructure are another important move towards making our energy system more sustainable, more competitive and more secure – providing genuine European added value”.

Will the EU meet its energy targets?

The new assessment report of the EEA analyses national data on greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy and energy consumption and shows that the EU will not meet its 2030 goals. According to Hans Bruyninckx, the EU has to work hard now in order to achieve its objectives. More in detail, EEA Executive Director said: “Thanks to earlier efforts, the EU is on track to reach its 2020 targets. Our assessment shows that this is not yet the case for the 2030 objectives. Given the time lag between planning and results, now is the time to start working towards 2030. In 2018, Member States need to come up with robust and ambitious national energy and climate plans, to channel investments and innovation towards an efficient, decarbonised EU energy system, and to address the lack of progress in the transport sector.”

MEPs support renewable energy targets

It was yesterday when the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of increasing energy efficiency and renewable targets. This decision is very crucial as a 40% efficiency goal and national targets for 2030 will be legally binding. These ambitious objectives, even if approved by only one vote, show that the EU is attempting to keep its promises of the Paris Agreement and increase clean energy to every EU member state.

However, a full-scale cooperation between the European Commission, the national governments and every society is needed in order not only to keep the current energy and climate targets on track but also overpass them. Thus, the reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions together with the increase of renewables could reverse the current situation and prevent the temperature from increasing by more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.


the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

New rules make household appliances more sustainable

UN honours fallen colleagues and friends who ‘risk all to promote peace’

Ukraine undecided over a strategic partnership with the EU

FROM THE FIELD: Photos highlight agony of West African civil wars

Corporate bond debt continues to pile up

A new way to teach active citizenship to students?

3 things to know about India’s space programme

Independent UN rights experts call for ‘immediate investigation’ into alleged Bezos phone hack by Saudi Arabia

Industry 4.0: Championing Europe’s fourth industrial revolution

UN chief appeals to G7 leaders for ‘strong commitment’ and political will to tackle climate emergency

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance

State aid: Commission approves €3 billion Portuguese guarantee schemes for SMEs and midcaps affected by Coronavirus outbreak

How scientists are turning living cells into the tiny factories of the future

Top UN official urges Russia and Ukraine to step away from further confrontation at sea

World Population Day: ‘A matter of human rights’ says UN

The European Union and the United States sign an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

Gender equality and medicine in the 21st century: an equity unachieved

To recruit younger people, you have to understand them. Here’s a guide

EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 31 October

Africa’s future is innovation rather than industrialization

“One Belt One Road”: Its relevance to the European Companies

Can the next financial crisis be avoided?

‘Stronger’ effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese women and girls: UN Women chief

Indonesia is buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit. And others in ASEAN aren’t far behind

Brussels to point the finger to Washington for lack of commitment over TTIP

Thought AIs could never replace human imagination? Think again

The South China Sea Arbitration: Illegal, Illegitimate and Invalid

How next-generation information technologies tackled COVID-19 in China

Young people struggling in digital world, finds latest OECD PISA survey

Meet Cipta: the comic book hero using her powers to tackle bullying in schools

Energy: EU priority projects should be aligned with 2050 climate objectives

Youth and Decent Work: A Review of Today’s Facts, Challenges and Possible Solutions

Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo, amidst growing ‘funding gap’ UN health agency warns

Macron in St. Petersburg didn’t oppose Trump on Iran, in Putin’s presence

Ukraine’s Poroshenko implicates NATO in his duel with Putin

5 surprising ways major cities are going green

Deutsche Bank chased away from US, threatened with more fines

Parliament criticises Council’s rejection of money laundering blacklist

Easing fears and promoting gender equality in Chad’s girls-only classrooms

Around 260,000 children in DR Congo’s Kasai region suffering severe acute malnutrition

One person dies by suicide every 40 seconds: new UN health agency report

Travel the world, find yourself

The unique role of business in building social good

FIAT Chrysler: from Geneva Motor show to the World, and back

Are you breathing plastic air at home? Here’s how microplastics are polluting our lungs

UN emergency relief fund has ‘never been more critical’: Guterres

3 ways to fight short-termism and relaunch Europe

World Malaria Day: 7 things to know about the deadly disease

The ethics of the Medical Technology Civilisation era

Fighting Terrorism Online: EU Internet Forum committed to an EU-wide Crisis Protocol

The eighth round of TTIP negotiations concludes in Brussels amid scepticism and new fears

Lies and reality about incomes and wealth in the EU

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

How the North Korea-U.S. detente is a leveling of the playing field

Here’s how we reboot digital trade for the 21st century

Rule of Law: European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

Connected Claims Europe on 18-19 September 2019, in association with The European Sting

Is mental health really ‘health’?

Destroying nuclear waste to create clean energy? It can be done

More Stings?


Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s