Energy efficiency EUROPE 2020Â initiative – Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 On 8 March 2011, theÂ European Commission has adopted the Communication “Energy Efficiency PlanÂ 2011” EnergyÂ efficiency is at the heart of the EUâ€™s Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainableÂ and inclusive growth and of the transition to a resource efficient economy.Â Energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective
EUROPE 2020Â initiative – Energy Efficiency Plan 2011
On 8 March 2011, theÂ European Commission has adopted the Communication “Energy Efficiency PlanÂ 2011”
EnergyÂ efficiency is at the heart of the EUâ€™s Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainableÂ and inclusive growth and of the transition to a resource efficient economy.Â Energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways to enhance security of
energy supply, and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and otherÂ pollutants. In many ways, energy efficiency can be seen as Europe’s biggestÂ energy resource. This is why the Union has set itself a target for 2020 ofÂ saving 20% of its primary energy consumption compared to projections, and whyÂ this objective was identified in the Commissionâ€™s Communication on Energy 2020Â as a key step towards achieving our long-term energy and climate goals.
SubstantialÂ steps have been taken towards this objective â€“ notably in the appliances andÂ buildings markets. Nonetheless, recent Commission estimates suggest that the EUÂ is on course to achieve only half of the 20% objective. The EU needs to act nowÂ to get on track to achieve its target. Responding to the call of the EuropeanÂ Council of 4 February 2011 to take ‘determined action to tap the considerable potentialÂ for higher energy savings of buildings, transport and products and processes’,Â the Commission has therefore developed this comprehensive new Energy EfficiencyÂ Plan.
AccompanyingÂ documents to the Communication
On 12 April 2011,Â the EuropeanÂ Commission has adopted the CommunicationÂ “Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment”
The Communication sets policyÂ directions to drive forward the deployment of future European electricityÂ networks.
Bringing together latest progress inÂ Information and Communication technologies and network development will allowÂ electricity current to flow exactly where and when it is needed at the cheapestÂ cost. Smart grids will give in particular to consumers the ability to followÂ their actual electricity consumption in real time : smart meters will giveÂ consumers strong incentives to save energy and money.
Estimates show that smart electricityÂ grids should reduce CO2 emissions in the EU by 9% and the annualÂ household energy consumption by 10%. They also help to ensure secureÂ functioning of the electricity system and are a key enabler of both the
internal energy market and integration of vast amounts of renewable.
More information at: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/gas_electricity/smartgrids/smartgrids_en.htm
Europe 2020Â initiative – Energy 2020
A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy
On 10 November 2010, the EuropeanÂ Commission hasÂ adopted the CommunicationÂ “EnergyÂ 2020 – A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy”
The Communication definesÂ defines the energy priorities for the next ten years and sets the actions to beÂ taken in order to tackle the challenges of saving energy, achieving a marketÂ with competitive prizes and secure supplies, boosting technological leadership,Â and effectively negotiate with our international partners.
On the basis of these priorities andÂ the action presented, the Commission will come forward with concreteÂ legislative initiatives and proposals within the next 18 months. ThisÂ 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.
EuropeÂ 2020 initiative – Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond
A Blueprint for an integratedÂ European energy network
OnÂ 17 November 2010, the European Commission has adopted the CommunicationÂ “Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond – A Blueprint for anÂ integrated European energy network”
InÂ the Communication, the Commission defines EU priority corridors for theÂ transport of electricity, gas and oil. A toolbox is also proposed in order toÂ enable a timely implementation of these priority infrastructures.
Commission and Azerbaijan sign strategicÂ gas deal
TheÂ President of the European Commission JosÃ© Manuel Barroso and the President ofÂ Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev have signed on 13 January 2011 a Joint Declaration onÂ gas delivery for Europe in Baku. Azerbaijan commits to supplying substantialÂ volumes of gas over the long term to the European Union, while Europe providesÂ access to its market for them. This Joint Declaration is an important step inÂ the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor and the diversification ofÂ Europe’s energy supplies.