Energy and the Green Deal

The production and use of energy account for more than 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. Decarbonising the EU’s energy system is therefore critical to reach our 2030 climate objectives and the EU’s long-term strategy of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

The European Green Deal focuses on 3 key principles for the clean energy transition, which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the quality of life of our citizens:

  1. ensuring a secure and affordable EU energy supply
  2. developing a fully integrated, interconnected and digitalised EU energy market
  3. prioritising energy efficiency, improving the energy performance of our buildings and developing a power sector based largely on renewable sources

The Commission’s main objectives to achieve this are:

  • build interconnected energy systems and better integrated grids to support renewable energy sources
  • promote innovative technologies and modern infrastructure
  • boost energy efficiency and eco-design of products
  • decarbonise the gas sector and promote smart integration across sectors
  • empower consumers and help EU countries to tackle energy poverty
  • promote EU energy standards and technologies at global level
  • develop the full potential of Europe’s offshore wind energy

The European Commission adopted a set of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. More information on Delivering the European Green Deal.

Source: Energy and the Green Deal - European Commission

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