Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of EU CO2 emissions. Energy performance of buildings is key to achieve the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely the reduction of a 20% of the Greenhouse gases emissions by 2020 and a 20% energy savings by 2020. Improving the energy performance of buildings is a cost-effective way of fighting against climate change and improving energy security, while also creating job opportunities, particularly in the building sector.
Post date: 20 May 2010
Read the complete keynote speech here.
Post date: 26 Mar 2010
Post date: 21 Mar 2010
Günther Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Energy, said: "B iomass is one of the most important resources for reaching our renewable energy targets. It already contributes more than half of renewable energy consumption in the EU, providing a clean, secure and competitive energy resource. With this report, the Commission provides recommendations to Member States concerning sustainability criteria for solid biomass and biogas. A review is foreseen in 18 months in order to assess whether the scheme needs to be modified, including through the introduction of some mandatory standards...
Post date: 1 Mar 2010
The departments responsible for transport policy will remain in the renamed Mobility and Transport DG (MOVE). The Climate Action DG will be created from the relevant activities in DG Environment, the activities in the External Relations DG related to international negotiations on climate change and the activities in the Enterprise and Industry DG related to climate change. Jos Delbeke, a Belgian national and currently Deputy Director-General in the Environment DG, has been appointed Director-General of the Climate Action DG.
Post date: 18 Feb 2010
The deadline for responses to the consultation is 15 January 2010. The new Commission will then make a detailed proposal to the Spring European Council.
To view the consultation document and send your comments please go to: http://ec.europa.eu/eu2020
Post date: 16 Dec 2009
Awards are presented in 5 categories:
Sustainable Energy Communities: Working together at a local, regional or national level, towards a genuine change in energy supply and energy use on the basis of a coherent plan, involving a range of public and private stakeholders.
Post date: 9 Dec 2009
Launched in 2008, the Citizens' Energy Forum brings together consumer organisations, industry, and government regulators to tackle practical energy-related issues which matter to consumers, such as switching suppliers, user-friendly billing and complaints-handling. The retail electricity market has been flagged as one of the problem markets in the Consumer Markets Scoreboard. Less than half (45%) of consumers find it easy to compare offers from energy providers, which can be one of the reasons why only 8% of consumer switched providers in the past two years.
Post date: 5 Oct 2009
Post date: 5 Aug 2009
Post date: 3 Aug 2009