The Commission proposes new rules for clean energy transition - [30/11/2016 ]

The European Commission has presented on 30th November a package of measures to keep the EU competitive as the clean energy transition is changing global energy markets.

The goal is to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising the EU s economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens.

Clean Energy for All Europeans” legislative proposals focus on three main points: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers.

In the Commission viewpoint, clean energy transition is the growth sector of the future: in 2015 it attracted global investment of over 300 billion euros. By mobilising up to 177 billion euros of public and private investment per year from 2021, this package can generate up to a 1% increase in GDP over the next decade and create 900,000 new jobs.

The Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said: “ (…) Europe is now showing example by creating the conditions for sustainable jobs, growth and investment. Today s proposals touch upon all clean energy related sectors: research and innovation, skills, buildings, industry, transport, digital, finance to name but a few. These measures will equip all European citizens and businesses with the means to make the most of the clean energy transition." As well as the commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete: "I m particularly proud of the binding 30% energy efficiency target, as it will reduce our dependency on energy imports, create jobs and cut more emissions. Europe is on the brink of a clean energy revolution. (…). With these proposals, the Commission has cleared the way to a more competitive, modern and cleaner energy system."

The package also includes actions to accelerate clean energy innovation and to renovate Europe s buildings. It provides measures to encourage public and private investment, promote EU industrial competitiveness and mitigate the societal impact of the clean energy transition.

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