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Energy 2020: A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy (European Commission of Energy)

16 noviembre, 2010

The long-awaited Communication “Energy 2020 – A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy” was adopted last 10th November 2010 by the European Commission.

This Communication states a more competitive strategy to reach the goals for 2020 adopted by the European Council in 2007 (specifically, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, to increase the share of renewable energy to 20% and to make 20% of improvement in energy efficiency)

Communication presentation by EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger

The existing strategy was probed to be insufficient to achieve all the 2020 targets and inadequate to the longer term challenges as well. This new strategy has been developed in order to fulfil the energy requirements forecast for 2050 and also in order to consolidate the decarbonisation path which targets 80-95% cuts in emissions by 2050. To achieve these goals an investment of one trillion of Euros in adapting and modernising infrastructures is needed (1.000.000 millions of Euros)

This new strategy focuses on the next five priorities:

  1. Achieving an energy efficient Europe
  2. Building a truly pan-European integrated energy market
  3. Empowering consumers and achieving the highest level of safety and security
  4. Extending Europe’s leadership in energy technology and innovation
  5. Strengthening the external dimension of the EU energy market

1. AN EFFICIENT USE OF ENERGY THAT TRANSLATES INTO 20% SAVINGS BY 2020

Energy efficiency strategy is one of the central objectives of this policy, as aims to decouple energy use from economic growth. It also provides emissions reduction, energy security and competitiveness improvement, employment creation and savings for households that can amount one thousand Euros per year.

Actual gap in reaching the EU's energy savings objective for 2020

HOW TO DO IT

  • Tapping into the biggest energy-saving potential: buildings and transport
  • Reinforcing industrial competitiveness by making industry more efficient
  • Reinforcing efficiency in energy supply
  • Making the most of National Energy Efficiency Action Plans

2. ENSURING THE FREE MOVEMENT OF ENERGY

The aim of this priority is to create a more integrated, interconnected and, thus, competitive energy market so citizens can benefit from a more reliable, sustainable and less expensive energy.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Timely and accurate implementation of the internal market legislation
  • Establishing a blueprint of the European infrastructure for 2020-2030
    • Identify priority infrastructures to be deployed in order to functioning internal market, ensure integration of large-scale production of renewables and guarantee security and supply.
    • Preparing the grid for changes in demand
    • Implementing strategic infrastructure priorities
  • Streamlining permit procedures and market rules for infrastructure developments
  • Providing the right financing network

3. SECURE, SAFE AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY FOR CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES

HOW TO DO IT

  • Making energy policy more consumer-friendly
  • Continuous improvement in safety and security

4. MAKING A TECHNOLOGICAL SHIFT

Without this priority, the EU will fail in achieving its ambitious goal of electricity and transport sectors decarbonisation.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Implementing the SET plan without delay
  • The Commission will be launching 4 new large-scale European projects
    • Smart grids project to link the whole electricity grid system
    • Re-establishing Europe’s leadership on electricity storage
    • Implementing large-scale sustainable biofuel production
    • Smart cities (with ways of making greater energy savings)
  • Ensuring long-term EU technological competitiveness

5. STRONG INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP, NOTABLY WITH OUR NEIGHBOURS

The importance of this priority lies in the fact that the European energy market is the world’s largest regional market and largest energy importer.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Integrating energy markets and regulatory frameworks with our neighbours
  • Establishing privilege partnerships with key partners
  • Promoting the global role of the EU for a future of low-carbon energy
  • Promoting legally binding nuclear-safety, security and non-proliferation standards worldwide

CONCLUSIONS

The European Commission will present most of the proposals following this communication in the next 18 months. It will be needed to quickly discuss, adopt and implement them in order to get competitiveness in the global energy system.

This strategy will require significant efforts in technical innovation and investment but the results will  be translated in the improvement in well-being of citizens, industry and economy.

REFERENCES

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/strategies/2010/doc/com%282010%290639_en.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/nuclear/forum/opportunities/doc/competitiveness/2009-03-27/wec—presentation_europe_regional%28enef%29.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/strategies/2010/doc/sec%282010%291346.pdf

From → (EN) POLICIES, Europe

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