By contrast with emissions trading, tightening the energy savings target to a binding 30% EU-wide does not constitute a targeted or cost-effective way of achieving the actual environmental and energy policy targets – climate protection and security of supply. Detailed energy savings obligations for the Member States - like the duty for end-customers to save 1.5% per year in energy - are therefore misguided. In addition, they are in breach of the principle of subsidiarity and place an unreasonable burden on households in the Member States.
The EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete, will participate in the sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue which will start on Sunday in Berlin. The informal meeting of ministers and representatives from around 35 countries is being held to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris which will kick off in November. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are scheduled to give keynote speeches at the Petersberg event on Tuesday. See also our new cepPolicyBrief on the EU Commission’s latest preparations for the UN Climate Change
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in his annual State of the Union address on Wednesday that one example of where the European Union is already leading is in its action on climate change. Referring to the upcoming climate conference in Paris, Juncker said the EU had made “the most ambitious contribution presented to date,” while “others are following, some only reluctantly.” See also our cepPolicyBrief on the matter.
Five months before the crucial phase of the Climate change conference (COP 21) in Paris, EU Environment Ministers will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in Luxembourg in order to discuss climate finance, the Luxembourg EU presidency said. The ministers will also have a first discussion round on the core elements of the EU negotiation mandate for Paris, which should be adopted by the Environment Council in September. See also our cepPolicyBrief on the matter.
Climate Dialogue” in Berlin, to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December. The informal talks were launched by Merkel in 2010. See also our cepPolicyBrief on the EU Commission’s latest preparations for the UN Climate Change Conference. [...] German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the EU’s emissions trading system to become a global system. "This instrument would of course be particularly effective if we could introduce it beyond
The environment ministers of the EU member states will meet on Friday to prepare the EU position for the UN Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Paris between 30 November and 11 December. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions reflecting its negotiating position. See also our cepPolicyBrief on the matter.
Setting sector-specific CO2 reduction targets increases the costs of climate protection unnecessarily. Unfortunately, the Commission fails to propose the inclusion of all transport modes into EU ETS, for this would ensure a reduction.
This cepInput analyses the main features of the new framework for EU climate and energy policy. The 2030 targets will form the basis for specific legislative measures by the EU in the years to come. Their successful implementation throughout the EU will depend on the effectiveness of a governance system between the European Commission and the Member States yet to be developed.
EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said the European Commission will propose a Renewable Energy Package to ensure that the EU meets its new target of 27 per cent renewable energy by 2030, news media BusinessGreen reported. "We must create a single EU market for renewable energy that is fully integrated with, and competes freely in, the overall electricity market," Canete was quoted as saying. See also our latest cepInput which analyses the main features of the new framework for EU climate and energy policy. The 2030 targets will form the basis for specific legislative
It is to be welcomed that the Commission does not favour an additional carbon reduction by 30% instead of 20% by 2020. However, it is alarming that the Commission keeps this option open. For while going it alone would incur costs to the EU, it would not generate any benefits in terms of climate policy. Against this background, it is comprehensible why, according to the Commission’s projection, the EU should bear almost the double costs for climate action in 2020. Particularly, in view of the latest economic crisis, the economy should not be burdened with additional expenses.