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State of the Energy Union: Europe's energy transition is well underway

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On 1 February 2017, in line with its commitment to report annually on the state of the Energy Union, the European Commission published its Second State of the Energy Union Report. This report looks at the progress made since the publication of the first State of the Energy Union report in November 2015. These reports are central elements to monitor the implementation of this key priority of the Juncker Commission. 

 

The report shows that modernisation of the European Union economy and the transition to a low-carbon era are happening. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy, Europe is on track to reach its 2020 targets. To further drive this process, the Commission also announced a new Energy Union tour.

 

Since the publication of the first State of the Energy Union, several trends in the EU's transition to a low-carbon economy were continued and strengthened. The Commission will carry out further in-depth analysis of Member States' policies, using the new Energy Union Tour throughout 2017.

 

For the Energy Union, 2016 was the year of delivery where the vision of the Energy Union Framework Strategy was further translated into concrete legislative and non-legislative initiatives, above all with the "Clean Energy for all Europeans" package presented on 30 November 2016.

 

The EU as a whole has continued to make good progress on delivering the Energy Union objectives, in particular on the 2020 energy and climate targets. It has already achieved its 2020 final energy consumption target. The same is true for greenhouse gas emissions: in 2015, EU greenhouse gas emissions were 22% below the 1990 level. The EU is also on track in the renewable sector where –based on 2014 data– the share of renewables reached 16 % of the EU's gross final energy consumption. Another important trend is that the EU continues to successfully decouple its economic growth from its greenhouse gas emissions. During the 1990-2015 period, the EU's combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 50%, while total emissions decreased by 22%.

 

 

For further information, please visit the relevant European Commission webpages at the links below. See also the following BUILD UP Publications:

 

European Commission: 2nd Report on the State of the Energy Union

State of the Energy Union: Energy Efficiency Progress Report 2016

State of the Energy Union: Renewable Energy Progress Report 2016