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EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far

Others Institutions / Immigration / Justice and home affairs / Energy / Environment19-04-2017 - 16:04
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The European Union is focussing this year on delivering results in areas that matter to all Europeans. EU institutions have agreed on a set of priorities ranging from boosting e-commerce to protecting the environment and strengthening borders. Four months into the year, check out which major legislative proposals MEPs have already approved. (Read more: EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far )

 

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced to keep pace with technological progress, agreed the Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators on Tuesday. (Read more: A to G energy scale for home appliances: EP/Council strike informal deal )

 

Energy deals with third countries: MEPs approve rules on EU Commission help

Plenary Session Energy / Research and innovation02-03-2017 - 12:06

The rules requiring EU member states to inform the EU Commission of their plans to negotiate energy supply deals with third countries before opening negotiations were approved by MEPs on Thursday. This is the first item of Energy Union legislation to be completed. (Read more: Energy deals with third countries: MEPs approve rules on EU Commission help )

 

State of the Energy Union debate

Plenary Session Energy01-02-2017 - 18:15

“Accelerating the modernisation of Europe’s entire economy, making it low carbon and efficient in energy and resources” are key aims of Energy Union legislation, said Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in Wednesday’s plenary debate. (Read more: State of the Energy Union debate )

 

The EU strategy for liquefied natural gas (LNG) must make energy supplies more secure, cut carbon emissions and deliver affordable prices say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Parliament calls on the EU Commission to aim to reduce the EU’s dependency on gas in the long term by using it more efficiently and gradually phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. (Read more: Gas: use EU storage capacity efficiently and forge trade partnerships, urge MEPs )

 

An EU country facing an emergency gas shortage could call on other member states to supply it with gas via “supply corridors” that would link EU countries into seven transnational regions, under a draft law enshrining a “regional solidarity mechanism”, as amended and approved by the Energy Committee on Thursday. The committee also approved a separate draft law that would require member states to notify the EU Commission when they negotiate energy supply deals with third parties. (Read more: Gas: energy MEPs back draft law on emergency supply links between EU countries )

 
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A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced, to keep pace with technological progress, said MEPs voting on an EU Commission proposal on Wednesday. Most appliances on the market now meet the “class A” requirements first set in 2010, so ever more pluses (A+, A++, A+++) are being added, note MEPs, who argue that setting tougher requirements will create incentives to improve energy efficiency still further. (Read more: Energy efficiency of home appliances: MEPs call for more ambitious A to G scale )

 

Energy efficiency: MEPs approve binding new rules for labelling

Plenary Session Energy04-07-2016 - 16:04
 

MEPs approved on 6 July a proposal to make it easier for consumers to buy energy-efficient household appliances by simplifying the current labelling system. In the resolution they call for replacing the current scale with a far more transparent A to G system of presenting energy efficiency. Watch our video to find out more. (Read more: Energy efficiency: MEPs approve binding new rules for labelling )

 
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The EU's renewable energy target - 20% of total consumption by 2020 - has already been hit by many EU member states. But others lag behind and must do more, MEPs urge in a resolution, voted on Thursday, on the EU Commission's “renewables progress report." To achieve the EU's energy efficiency target - a 20% gain by 2020 – member states need to implement EU legislation faster, and in full, says a second resolution, also voted on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs call for more ambitious and consumer-focused energy targets beyond 2020 )

 

A clear A to G scale for labelling the energy efficiency of household appliances should replace the proliferating pluses in today's top class (A+, A++, A+++) within 5 years, said Industry, Research and Energy Committee MEPs on Tuesday. The proposal for a new EU regulation aims to ensure that consumers are not misled into thinking that a A class appliance is one of the most efficient on the market, whereas under current rules it may in fact be one of the least efficient. (Read more: Upgrading EU energy efficiency labelling: Industry MEPs amend draft EU rules )