Energy Union

TheOpens external link in new window Energy Union is focusing towards more secure energy, affordable and sustainable and facilitates the free flow of energy across borders. Supports new technologies and renewed infrastructure to contribute to cutting households’ bills and creating new jobs and skills. The main aim is to move towards sustainable, low carbon and environmentally friendly economy, putting Europe at the forefront of renewable energy production, clean energy technologies, etc. The Energy Union strategy builds further Opens external link in new windowon the 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy and the Opens external link in new windowEuropean Energy Security Strategy. Since the Energy Union strategy was launched in February 2015, the Commission has published several Opens external link in new windowpackages of measures to ensure the Energy Union is achieved.

The Commission's 'Opens external link in new windowClean Energy for All Europeans' package, which was published in November 2016, including a proposal for a Regulation on the Opens external link in new windowGovernance of the Energy Union. The package includes 8 different legislative proposals (each with a linked impact assessment) covering:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Performance in Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • Governance of the Energy Union
  • Electricity Market Design (the Electricity Directive, Electricity Regulation and Risk-Preparedness Regulation)
  • Rules for the regulator ACER

Within REHVA EU Policy Section you will find the latest policy updates and REHVA contributions, especially on Energy Performance of Buidlings Directive (EPBD), Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)and others current energy regulations being part of Energy Union. 

Governance of the Energy Union

The governance regulation is a key part of the clean energy package. It is ensuring that the Eu's 2030 energy and climate targets are achieved. it also defines how member states will collaborate among themselves and with the Commission to reach EU's ambitions in clean energy goals, including the renewable energy targets and the energy efficiency targets, as well as the EU's long-term greenhouse gas emissions goals.

Control mechanisms are set to ensure the achivement of the targets and follows the range of actions proposed to constitute a coherent and coordinated approach. Regulations itself provides for reporting under the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement. 

Key elements within this regulation:

  1. Timeline for the national energy and climate plans - each member states has to submit their draft of national energy plan until the latest by 30 June 2019. The final plans has to be submited until the 31 december 2019. 
  2. Progress reports: the first biennial progress report on the implementation of the national energy and climate plans is due on 15 March 2023.
  3. Renewable energy and energy efficiency trajectories: in order to reach its overall renewable energy target of 32% by 2030, the EU needs to have met 18% of the target by 2022, 43% by 2025, and 65% by 2027. It was also agreed to set three reference years for energy efficiency (2022, 2025 and 2027).
  4. Gap-filler mechanism: if there is a gap at EU level, those member states which fall below their reference points will have to cover the gap by implementing measures at national level. There is also an obligation to cover any gap against the 2020 renewable energy baseline - should that occur within one year. For energy efficiency, the focus will be on measures at EU level.
  5. Long term strategiesthe co-legislators agreed on an article on EU and member states' long-term strategies, setting out a timetable, with an indicative annex which will highlight the comparability of their long-term strategies, as well as improve the link between the long term strategies at national level and at EU level.

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