Energy 2020

Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy


The "Energy 2020" Communication identifies the energy priorities for the period up to 2020, i.e. to reduce energy consumption, implement the internal market, develop infrastructure, improve technology, protect consumers and reinforce the external dimension of energy policy. These goals will be achieved through a series of legislative proposals.

Facts & Figures



Do you know that...

  • Oil, coal and gas account for more than 80% of the world energy production.
  • Energy industries are responsible for 35% of CO2 emissions, and transport follows with 30%.
  • The EU is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2020 (compared to 1990 levels).
  • Electricity prices in the EU are said to be 21% higher than in the US and 197% higher than in China.


Policy initiative

10 November 2010

The Communication focuses on five priorities: (1) Achieving an energy efficient Europe, (2) Building a truly pan-European energy market, (3) Protecting consumers by achieving the highest level of safety and security at affordable prices, (4) Expanding Europe's leadership in energy technology and innovation, (5) Strengthening the external dimension of the EU energy market.

Press room

4 February 2011

Heads of State or Government adopt conclusions stating that secure, sustainable and affordable energy is a priority for the EU since it contributes to its competitiveness.

10 November 2010