European Council Conclusions on energy and climate policy
The European Council welcomes the historic outcome reached in Paris where the world adopted the first-ever global and legally-binding climate agreement with the aim to hold the global warming well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. It invites the Commission and the Council to assess the results of COP21 by March 2016, in particular in view of the 2030 climate and energy framework and to prepare the next steps.
The European Council assessed progress in building the Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy in all its dimensions. In this context, it calls for:
- swift submission of the relevant legislative proposals in line with its previous guidance;
- full implementation of the legislation on renewable energy, energy efficiency and other measures, such as improved investment opportunities, in order to meet the 2020 target;
- preparation of an integrated strategy for research, innovation and competitiveness;
- swift implementation of projects of common interest and optimal use of infrastructure for the benefit of a fully-functioning and interconnected market and energy security. Any new infrastructure should entirely comply with the Third Energy Package and other applicable EU legislation as well as with the objectives of the Energy Union.