On 16 February 2016, the European Commission unveiled a package of energy security measures to equip the EU for global energy transition. The package sets out a wide range of measures to strengthen the EU's resilience to gas supply disruptions, including moderating energy demand, increasing energy production in Europe (including from renewables), further developing a well-functioning and fully integrated internal energy market, as well as diversification of energy sources, suppliers and routes. Further, the proposals bring more transparency to the European energy market and create more solidarity between the Member States.
The package adopted by the Commission consist of a Security of Gas Supply Regulation, a decision on Intergovernmental Agreements in energy, a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and gas storage strategy, and a Heating and Cooling strategy.
Towards a smart, efficient and sustainable heating and cooling sector
With the relevant Communication, Staff Work Document, and Factsheet, the Commission launched today its first ever strategy to tackle the massive use of energy -particularly fossil fuels- in the sector, as heating and cooling accounts for 50% of the EU's energy consumption, and renewables account for just 18% of this. The strategy includes plans to boost the energy efficiency of buildings, improve linkages between electricity systems and district heating systems which will greatly increase the use of renewable energy, and encourage reuse of waste heat and cold generated by industry.
The strategy also aims to ease access to information for consumers in order to allow them to better understand their energy use and make informed choices that could save energy, as well as to inform them on possible energy efficient renovations and options for generating their own energy with renewables.
For further information, please visit the relevant European Commission website: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-307_en.htm