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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)
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  Theresa Griffin (S&D). – Madam President, I am very proud to have been part of this Clean Energy Package: incredibly important legislation that will affect all European citizens. We were able to demonstrate clear progressive leadership on all three files. It commits the European Union to renewable energy and energy efficiency targets in line with the Paris Agreement, of at least 32% and 32.5%. The UK must remain part of this legislation.

Our work means we’ll be able to integrate renewables further into our energy mix as well as phase out high-polluting biofuels and increase industry’s investment in innovative technologies while supporting self-generation among consumers and local renewable-energy communities.

Energy efficiency is a fundamental part of the sustainable transition and is central to achieving our Paris goals. It is crucial for the competitiveness of our industries, for future growth and job creation. Improved energy efficiency targets will secure a better quality of life for those in energy poverty. For every 1% improvement in energy efficiency, three million homes can be properly renovated and seven million people lifted out of energy poverty.

Significantly, these targets must apply not only across the EU but in the United Kingdom. The need for the UK to meet our climate change commitments cannot and must not be a victim of Brexit. The targets must be seen as a bare minimum, not as aspirational. The UK must commit to meeting these targets as part of the Brexit negotiations and to staying an active member of the Internal Energy Market, for the sake of our planet and our children’s future.

So I urge this Chamber: what we need now is implementation, and we need Member States to fulfil their targets and promises. We can no longer delay action, and Europe needs to be a real world leader in combating climate change. In Brexit, I urge the UK to take its climate change responsibilities seriously and to do the same.

 
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