Priorities for Europe: affordable, secure and clean energy 

 
 

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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, as well as ensuring the security of our electricity supply are high on Parliament’s agenda.

A number of initiatives are already in place while a wind farm in Asse, Belgium, is just one of the examples of the progress made in this area. Watch the video to find out more and read on to learn what the EU’s energy priorities will be in the coming months and years.

MEPs are working on several proposals to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under the Paris agreement, by 2030 levels in the EU should drop by at least 40% below 1990 levels. These include making the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) more efficient and limiting emissions in sectors not covered by it such as transport, buildings, agriculture and land use.

Parliament is also considering proposals to boost energy efficiency by 30% by 2030 (compared to 2007), improve the energy performance of buildings, as well as to make the energy efficiency labelling of household appliances clearer.

In 2014 EU countries agreed that by 2030 27% of the EU’s energy consumption should come from renewable sources. MEPs will vote on changes to the renewable energy directive that aims to make this possible. Some progress on reducing Europe’s reliance on fossil fuels has already been made as shown in our video about how the wind is harnessed to power 6,000 homes in Asse, Belgium.

In order to facilitate the transition to clean energy sources such as wind and solar, MEPs have started to work on adapting electricity market rules to make it more flexible and ensure the security of supplies.

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