EC kick-starts energy debate

EU commissioners Connie Hedegaard and Günther Oettinger

EU commissioners Connie Hedegaard and Günther Oettinger

The European Commission has kick-started the debate on the EU’s climate and energy policies for 2020-30 with a Green Paper outlining plans to encourage renewables and cut greenhouse gases.

The Green Paper, published today, is the first step in gauging the opinions of member states, the European Parliament, industry groups and non-governmental organisations on EU objectives for 2030.

The document raises a set of questions, including:

  • what type, nature and level of climate and energy targets should be set for 2030;
  • how to attain coherence between different policy instruments;
  • how the energy system can best contribute to EU competitiveness; and
  • how member states' different capacities to act can be taken into account.

A consultation period runs until 2 July. On the basis of the views expressed by member states, Log in to read complete article.

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