Climate and Energy Policy Targets for 2030 (Communication)
The European Commission proposes new targets for 2030 for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the development of renewable energy. An energy-efficiency target will not be discussed until autumn 2014 following the assessment of the Energy Efficiency Directive. Consultation will take place, in the framework of a new "governance structure", between the Commission and the Member States regarding the latter's plans for climate and energy policy.
The Commission's decision to hold back from proposing an energy-efficiency target is appropriate as the Member States still have time until June 2014 to implement the Energy Efficiency Directive; only after that will it be possible to gain an insight into the effectiveness of the instrument. The consultation process between the Commission and the Member States, provided for under the new "governance structure", may lead to continual uncertainty about the policy framework conditions.