EU Looks Towards Enhancing NDC with New Renewables and Energy Efficiency Targets

Mindy Sparks
June 22, 2018

National plans will be prepared throughout the European Union, and the commission will make recommendations to ensure that the bloc's climate and energy targets for 2030 are met efficiently and effectively.

For the first time, there is a mandatory requirement for member states to use a share of their energy efficiency measures to help vulnerable customers, including those affected by energy poverty.

The deal - which includes an upward revisions clause by 2023 - was reached between the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission late on Tuesday.

"This ambitious and achievable new strategy will drive significant additional investment activity, creating thousands of new skilled jobs and improving health and wellbeing whilst decarbonising the European energy system".

S&D MEP Miroslav Poche, who is the author of the parliamentary report on the Energy Efficiency Directive, also succeeded in including measures to tackle energy poverty so that no one in the European Union has to choose between eating or paying their electricity bills.

"Finally the European Union is waking up to the challenge of climate change". On the 2050 climate vision, this Regulation is a big step forward as for the first time it anchors the concept of "carbon budget" into European Union law and underlines the need to achieve a net-zero carbon economy as early as possible. This makes the deployment of renewable and efficient thermal technologies essential.

Heating and cooling were among the sectors identified for special attention in new energy efficiency and renewable regulations agreed by the EU.

The current European Union pledge to reduce CO2e emissions by 40% against a 1990 baseline was set in 2016, in line with the Paris Agreement's headline target of keeping the increase in global average temperature below 2C. We also welcome the establishment of a mechanism capable of guaranteeing a fair contribution by the Member States to the energy transition. "One thing is certain, with the Energy Union governance we have the necessary stepping stone for the preparation of Long-Term Strategy to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases that are warming up the planet and changing the climate".

"This is the best deal we could achieve on article 7, by which European Union member states will be required to prolong their energy efficiency schemes". These national plans would be comparable throughout the EU. "The wording agreed this morning is a clear call on the European Commission to come up with pathways to net zero for 2050 and even well before in its mid-century roadmap, due by March 2019", Imke Lübbeke, head of Climate and Energy at WWF European Policy Office said on June 20.

The talks followed a failure to agree an energy efficiency directive last week at the same time as other elements of the EU's "Clean Energy for All" package.

The EU has agreed to a set of rules towards its Clean Energy for All Europeans package, which collectively add up to an improvement above the EU's current 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target.

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