The EU already has climate and energy targets to achieve for 2020 – cutting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy use and boosting renewable energy. In order to maintain momentum after 2020, it needs to start consulting and thinking now.
Planning ahead will encourage early investment in new infrastructure and stimulate innovation in low-carbon technologies.
Thus the Commission is launching a process through an online consultation, which runs until 2 July. You are invited to give your opinion on:
- what type (and level) of climate and energy targets should be set for 2030
- how to achieve a fair plan which takes into account each EU country’s specific energy needs and resources
- how the EU’s energy strategy can improve the competitiveness of its economy.
Your opinions will feed into proposals the Commission is planning for later this year on a climate and energy strategy to 2030.
The proposals will seek to improve the current strategy and take into account changes in the EU energy mix, the economic situation and new technologies. The objectives remain the same – reduce greenhouse gas emissions, secure the EU’s energy supply and support growth, competitiveness and job creation. As another part of its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Commission is also asking for opinions on how to encourage the development of technologies to capture and store CO2.