Keeping the EU's leadership on climate action
The European Commission proposed today an ambitious and realistic framework for climate and energy policies beyond 2020 and up to 2030. At the joint press conference with Commissioner Oettinger and Commissioner Hedegaard, President Barroso presented the 2030 framework.
President Barroso: "We are proposing a binding 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target for the EU of minus 40%. (…) We also set a binding 2030 target for renewables at the EU level. The goal is at least 27% of energy consumption."
According to President Barroso, "Climate action is central for the future of our planet, while a truly European energy policy is key for our competitiveness. Today's package proves that tackling the two issues simultaneously is not contradictory, but mutually reinforcing. It is in the EU's interest to build a job-rich economy that is less dependent on imported energy through increased efficiency and greater reliance on domestically produced clean energy".
The 2030 policy framework aims to drive continued progress towards a low carbon economy and a competitive and secure energy system that ensures affordable energy for households and industry, increases the security of the EU’s energy supplies, reduces our dependence on energy imports, provides security for investors and creates new opportunities for growth and jobs.