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

5 of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases

AI is transforming cybercrime. Here’s how we can fight back

More than 750 million people around the world would migrate if they could

Advice on fighting COVID-19 from the Red Cross, a chemist and academics around the world: Today’s coronavirus updates

UN working ‘intensively’ to stop Ebola in eastern DR Congo, following second case in major border town

5 ways to fast-track the transition to a carbon neutral world

Cancer is a growing global threat and prevention is key, UN study shows

How interoperability establishes blockchain’s utility and effectiveness for trade finance

Journey of my life

State aid: Commission approves €199.45 million Italian support to compensate Alitalia for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

UN launches new project to address link between terrorism, arms and crime

€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council

Governments urged to put first ever UN global migration pact in motion, post-Marrakech

Young people demand a transparent job market: new campaign launches on international interns day

European Youth Forum warns of a Peter Pan generation as a result of financial crisis and response to it

Online government services could change your life. But only if you have access to the internet

Korea must enhance detection and reinforce sanctions to boost foreign bribery enforcement

A health approach to climate change

Future-proofing the European banking market – removing the obstacles to exit

The EU slowly exits from “Excessive Deficit Procedure” and hopefully from ‘Excessive Austerity Procedure’ too

Chicken soup for the digital soul: how to bring community back online

How many websites are there?

Respond to ‘legitimate grievances’ of Sudanese people, UN human rights experts urge, following protests

Heat-resistant crops, ‘green’ infrastructure, can prepare Near East and North Africa to better tackle droughts – UN agency

Tragedy of Mediterranean deaths continues, as seven drown, 57 rescued: UN migration agency

Air Pollution: Responsibility of Technology and Medicine

These are the countries where it’s still illegal to get an abortion

The Great Reset and digital trust: 3 lessons on digital tools from the COVID-19 crisis

Poorer countries set to be ‘increasingly dependent’ on food imports, says UN food agency report

Economic sentiment and business climate stagnate in miserable euro area

AXA and Fremtind discuss how AI and analytics is changing insurance claims forever

Companies need help to overcome rising

How the mobile industry is driving climate progress on the scale of a major economy

Integration of migrants: Commission launches a public consultation and call for an expert group on the views of migrants

Suriname’s climate promise, for a sustainable future

Finland is a world leader in clean energy. Here’s what’s driving its success

Africa’s shrinking lake shows the impact of climate change on women and indigenous people

Chart of the Day: This is how the $88 trillion global economy is spread around the world

What’s really driving corporate climate action?

Trump to subject the Fed, challenge the ECB and make Wall St. bankers even richer

Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast: A challenging road ahead

Respect for fundamental rights and freedoms key for peaceful polls in DRC – UN mission chief

Who cares more about taxpayers? The US by being harsh on major banks or the EU still caressing them?

Human rights ‘core to sustainable development’: deputy UN chief

Harnessing the power of nature in the fight against climate change

OECD sees rising trade tensions and policy uncertainty further weakening global growth

The countries most ready for the global energy transition

Direction Wakanda: finance methods to make Africa a superhero continent

A Young student assesses the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

‘No steps taken’ so far to end Israel’s illegal settlement activity on Palestinian land – UN envoy

UN health agency welcomes Facebook pledge to stop vaccine misinformation from going viral

Our healthcare systems are ailing. Here’s how to make them better

3 charts that show how attitudes to climate science vary around the world

Berlin to pay at the end for Eurozone banks’ consolidation

Labels for tyres: deal for greener and safer road transport

These LGBTQI Davos leaders shared their advice on coming out

EU budget deal struck with Parliament negotiators

National parks give a $6 trillion boost to mental health worldwide

Erasmus+ will finance existing UK-EU mobility in the event of no-deal Brexit

Rural Bangladesh has already embraced renewable energy. Here’s what the rest of the world can learn

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

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

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com 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