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What the Commission is doing

The Commission is currently setting out its plans for building an energy union - an integrated European energy market that will ensure secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy for Europe.

More about the energy union

Objectives
  • secure energy supply - capable of meeting Europe's demand for energy regardless of fluctuating prices and supplies from outside the EU
  • competitive and integrated EU energy market - capable of delivering affordable energy to Europe's homes, businesses and industry
  • sustainable energy supply - more energy from renewable sources, lower greenhouse gas emissions and higher energy efficiency
  • safe energy - ensuring Europe's energy installations meet safety standards
Targets

By 2020, the EU aims for:

  • 20% fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990
  • 20% of total energy consumption to come from renewables
  • 20% energy savings compared with the business-as-usual scenario

By 2030, the EU aims for:

  • 40% fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990
  • 27% of total energy consumption to come from renewables
  • 27% energy savings compared with the business-as-usual scenario

All energy strategies for 2020, 2030 and 2050

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