Europe on target towards the Energy Union
Europe is making steady progress to its 2020 climate and energy goals, with some already achieved. Further measures are set to strengthen the energy transition.
The transition to a low-carbon, modern economy is well under way in Europe, says the European Commission’s second State of the Energy Union report, published 1 February 2017. Final energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions have already achieved their 2020 reduction targets. Renewables are nearing their goal, with a 16 % share of final energy consumption in 2014.
Recent Commission initiatives support the trend to greater energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions, notably the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package and European low-emission mobility strategy in 2016.
“Europe is forging ahead with the clean energy transition,” said Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action. “Now efforts will need to be sustained to lead the global race to a more sustainable, competitive economy.”
Maroš Šefčovič, the Commission Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union called for 2017 to be the “year of implementation” of legislation for the energy transition. On 3 February, he started the 2017 Energy Union Road Show, a tour of Member States to promote stronger policies for the Energy Union.