Extracts from the common press conference by José Manuel Barroso, Günther Oettinger and Connie Hedegaard, on the launch of the EU framework on climate and energy for 2030

Type: Press conference - summary   Référence: I085571   Durée: 06:50  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 22 January 2014, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, and Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, gave a common press conference on the launch of the EU framework on climate and energy for 2030. A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system. These are the pillars of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Joint arrival of the Speakers at the press conference 00:00:08
00:00:18 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): We are therefore proposing a binding 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target for the European Union of minus 40% (relative to 1990). That is ambitious, but feasible. 40% is the most cost-effective milestone on the 2050 road map for decarbonising Europe's economy. We also set a binding 2030 target for renewables at European Union-level. The goal is at least 27% of energy consumption. 00:00:37
00:00:56 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:00:59 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Member States remain free to set their own national renewables goals if they so wish; they can continue to support renewables, provided they remain within our state aid rules. And some of them are ready to be more ambitious than others. As you know, regarding the state aid rules, we are currently reviewing them to make sure there are no distortions. Because we have seen in the past that in some countries there were distortions precisely because of these national targets on renewables. 00:00:38
00:01:37 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:04
00:01:41 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): The current 2020 strategy, as you know, does not have a binding target. The new Energy Efficiency Directive foresees a review in mid-2014, so this year. We have considered that we should wait until after this review before we consider the next steps, without prejudging them at this stage. But we have agreed that of course energy efficiency will remain a very important objective of our policies. 00:00:32
00:02:13 Cutaway of a journalist 00:00:04
00:02:16 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): The completion of the internal energy market for both electricity and gas is essential part of our approach. It is estimated that a fully integrated and competitive market could result in cost savings of between 40 to 70 billion euro until 2030. Such progress cannot take place without a properly integrated, modern infrastructure. 00:00:23
00:02:39 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:43 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Today we are proposing a Communication and Recommendation on shale gas that balances the right of Member States to decide whether or not to exploit shale gas with the need to draw a Europe-wide baseline of environmental and safety rules. So this is an enabling framework on the basis of the existing acquis. This is not new legislation. 00:00:27
00:03:09 Soundbite by Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, (in GERMAN) saying that if they do that today, that would be an offense to cooperation with Member States but it has to be done, they need binding commitments so that in September, further steps can be taken towards further energy efficiency in the next few decades. His is saying that it is very important that that is done; energy efficiency is and continues to be a decisive instrument in the EU energy and climate protection package. 00:00:30
00:03:40 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:03:43 Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that as of next year they will have a annual report indicating how they are doing as they move to 20% to 27% and they can make the necessary adjustments if they have a bit of caching up to do. And last but not least, they need more harmonization and Europeanization of aid and promotion systems and he thinks that is going the most important foundation in which they can build of the next decades so that at least 27% can be reached. 00:00:37
00:04:20 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:04:23 Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that their strategy involves diversifying finding new partners to have more competition so that they can complete the internal market; They want to have the best possible connection amongst Member States and they want to get over the problem of islands which are not part of the market so that they can narrow this price gap that they have with other countries and other parts of the world and in that way, for industrial production they can be more competitive. 00:00:34
00:04:58 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:05:01 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, (in ENGLISH): Today the Commission has made it possible for investors to get the certainty they need in good time before 2020 and we have made it possible for EU to play its role to the full in the roundup to the International Climate Conference in Paris. I really do believe that for the world to succeed in Paris in 2015 we need Europe to be able to pull its full strength. 00:00:28
00:05:30 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
00:05:33 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): I will just say that 40% CO² greenhouse gas reductions is a good and realistic and yet ambitious target for 2030. We have now to reduce by 40% domestically in Europe up to 2030. We are on track, not only to reach 20% in 2020 but actually to reach 24%; that is good but I think that that also shows that there is lot that has to be done between now and 2030, it will require very substantial efforts. 00:00:39
00:06:11 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:06:15 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): Europe needs to have a binding target for renewables at the European level of at least 27%, it is not just an inspirational thing, it is not just a nice intention, it is a binding target that we are proposing. The Commission has made a significant step today; hopefully, Europe's governments and parliamentarians have the political courage to follow that step. 00:00:27
00:06:42 Departure of the Speakers 00:00:09
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