Europe 2020 Initiative

Energy efficiency EUROPE 2020 initiative – Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 On 8 March 2011, the European Commission has adopted the Communication “Energy Efficiency Plan 2011” Energy efficiency is at the heart of the EU’s Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and of the transition to a resource efficient economy. Energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective

Energy efficiency

EUROPE 2020 initiative – Energy Efficiency Plan 2011

On 8 March 2011, the European Commission has adopted the Communication “Energy Efficiency Plan 2011”

Energy efficiency is at the heart of the EU’s Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and of the transition to a resource efficient economy. Energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways to enhance security of
energy supply, and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. In many ways, energy efficiency can be seen as Europe’s biggest energy resource. This is why the Union has set itself a target for 2020 of saving 20% of its primary energy consumption compared to projections, and why this objective was identified in the Commission’s Communication on Energy 2020 as a key step towards achieving our long-term energy and climate goals.

Substantial steps have been taken towards this objective – notably in the appliances and buildings markets. Nonetheless, recent Commission estimates suggest that the EU is on course to achieve only half of the 20% objective. The EU needs to act now to get on track to achieve its target. Responding to the call of the European Council of 4 February 2011 to take ‘determined action to tap the considerable potential for higher energy savings of buildings, transport and products and processes’, the Commission has therefore developed this comprehensive new Energy Efficiency Plan.

Accompanying documents to the Communication

Impact Assessment [SEC(2011)277]

Impact Assessment [SEC(2011)278] annex 1

Impact Assessment [SEC(2011)279] annex 2

Summary of the Impact Assessment [SEC(2011)280]

Commission Staff Working Document on progress report of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2006 [SEC(2011)275]

Commission Staff Working Document on National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs): update on implementation [SEC(2011)276]

Legislation

Communication from the Commission – Action Plan for Energy Efficiency: Realising the Potential [COM(2006) 545]

Public consultation

Internal Market

Smart Grids

On 12 April 2011, the European Commission has adopted the Communication “Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment”

The Communication sets policy directions to drive forward the deployment of future European electricity networks.

Bringing together latest progress in Information and Communication technologies and network development will allow electricity current to flow exactly where and when it is needed at the cheapest cost. Smart grids will give in particular to consumers the ability to follow their actual electricity consumption in real time : smart meters will give consumers strong incentives to save energy and money.

Estimates show that smart electricity grids should reduce CO2 emissions in the EU by 9% and the annual household energy consumption by 10%. They also help to ensure secure functioning of the electricity system and are a key enabler of both the
internal energy market and integration of vast amounts of renewable.

Legislation:

Communication “Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment” [COM(2011)202]

More information at: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/gas_electricity/smartgrids/smartgrids_en.htm

European strategy

Europe 2020 initiative – Energy 2020

A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy

On 10 November 2010, the European Commission has adopted the Communication “Energy 2020 – A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy”

The Communication defines defines the energy priorities for the next ten years and sets the actions to be taken in order to tackle the challenges of saving energy, achieving a market with competitive prizes and secure supplies, boosting technological leadership, and effectively negotiate with our international partners.

Brochure “Energy 2020”

On the basis of these priorities and the action presented, the Commission will come forward with concrete legislative initiatives and proposals within the next 18 months. This communication also sets the agenda for the discussion by Heads of States and
Governments at the very first EU Summit on Energy on 4 February 2011.

Energy infrastructure

Europe 2020 initiative – Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond

A Blueprint for an integrated European energy network

On 17 November 2010, the European Commission has adopted the Communication “Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond – A Blueprint for an integrated European energy network”

In the Communication, the Commission defines EU priority corridors for the transport of electricity, gas and oil. A toolbox is also proposed in order to enable a timely implementation of these priority infrastructures.

Brochure “Energy infrastructure priorities”

Commission and Azerbaijan sign strategic gas deal

The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev have signed on 13 January 2011 a Joint Declaration on gas delivery for Europe in Baku. Azerbaijan commits to supplying substantial volumes of gas over the long term to the European Union, while Europe provides access to its market for them. This Joint Declaration is an important step in the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor and the diversification of Europe’s energy supplies.

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