Clean Energy for All Europeans

Clean Energy for All Europeans

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a new package of measures with the goal of providing the stable legislative framework needed to facilitate the clean energy transition – and thereby taking a significant step towards the creation of the Energy Union.

Aimed at enabling the EU to deliver on its Paris Agreement commitments, the 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' proposals are intended to help the EU energy sector become more stable, more competitive, and more sustainable, and fit for the 21st century. With a view to stimulating investment in the clean energy transition, the package has three main goals:

By encouraging cross-border cooperation and mobilising public and private investment in the clean energy sector (it is estimated that EUR 379 billion will be required each year from 2021 onwards) these proposals have the potential to be good for the economy, generating an estimated 900 000 jobs and an increase of up to 1% in GDP over the next decade.

By embracing renewables and other new and innovative technologies they also have the potential to be good for the environment – for example, by delivering on new emissions targets for 2030. They also have the potential to be good for consumers, paving the way to lower consumer bills, a better quality of life at home and in the workplace, and more opportunities for individuals to produce their own clean energy.

By achieving these aims, this package can also maximise EU leadership in the clean energy transition and in the fight against climate change, and help non-EU countries achieve their policy goals. 

The package includes 8 different legislative proposals (each with a linked impact assessment), with political agreement having been reached on four of the eight files, as shown below (as of November 2018):

Clean Energy for All Europeans package - state of play (November 2018)
European Commission
EU Inter-institutional
European Parliament
Offical Journal
Energy Performance in Buildings 30/11/2016 Political Agreement 17/04/2018 14/05/2018 19/06/2018 - Directive (EU) 2018/844
Renewable Energy 30/11/2016 Political Agreement 13/11/2018 - -
Energy Efficiency 30/11/2016 Political Agreement 13/11/2018 - -
Governance 30/11/2016 Political Agreement 13/11/2018 - -
Electricity Regulation 30/11/2016 Ongoing - - -
Electricity Directive 30/11/2016 Ongoing - - -
Risk Preparedness 30/11/2016 Ongoing - - -
ACER 30/11/2016 Ongoing - - -

As with all legislative proposals under the EU's ordinary decision-making procedure, the proposals in this package need to be politically agreed by the co-legislators - the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union – in conjunction with the Commission. They are subsequently formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council and then published in all languages in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Other parts of the package include:

These proposals build on existing EU policies and funding opportunities, such as research, development and innovation projects under the Horizon 2020 Programme, and ongoing EU-financed investment programmes, for example  the Connecting Europe Facility, the European Energy Programme for Recovery and other European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF), as well as funding through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), where there are more projects related to energy than any other sector. 

The Presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council publicly declared in December 2016 that this package should be seen as a priority in the months ahead.