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Policies

  • Secure energy supplies

    The EU has to become less dependent on imported energy - by making more efficient use of our domestic energy while diversifying sources and supplies.

  • Energy efficiency

    EU rules on buildings, industry, consumer products and transport are helping the EU to meet its energy-efficiency targets and move to a low-carbon society.

  • Nuclear energy

    EU action helps ensure nuclear reactors are safe and secure, radioactive waste is well managed and nuclear materials are used only for legitimate purposes.

  • Energy technology and innovation

    The EU supports deployment of low-carbon technologies such as photovoltaic, wind power, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and energy storage technologies.

  • Single energy market

    The EU wants fewer technical and regulatory barriers so that energy can flow across national borders and energy providers can compete throughout the EU.

  • Renewable energy

    The EU coordinates work to reach national targets in line with the renewable energy directive. It also promotes alternative energy use in transport.

  • Oil, gas and coal

    EU rules aim to keep fossil fuel markets fair and to protect the environment, including when new technologies such as shale gas extraction are being used.

  • Energy infrastructure

    The Trans-European Networks (TEN-E) strategy focuses on extending and upgrading Europe's infrastructure and creating networks that cross national borders.