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Monday, 12 November 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Energy efficiency - Governance of the Energy Union - Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (debate)

  Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, in the wake of the alarming UN climate reports, we are meeting this week in Strasbourg to vote on the outcomes of important energy files which will of course affect our climate policies. But on the energy efficiency directive, here we had the opportunity to make some real change. But, as expected, the agreement has been battered and bruised through negotiations with the Council, all the important provisions have been watered down, weakening ambition and reducing obligations on tackling energy poverty to nothing but a footnote.

On the Renewable Energy Directive we have an acceptable EU target and even good provisions on making biofuel sustainable. An end to palm oil is in sight but we cannot have any backsliding on this. However, that said, is it wrong of me to expect a directive on renewable energy to be about climate action, rather than paving the way for a liberalised energy market? Climate goals – not an energy market – should be at the heart of these directives.

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