EU climate and energy policy
EU climate and energy policy over recent years has been strengthened. There has been a focus on the need to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and investing in renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels. At the same time, the foundations are being laid that will ensure an integrated European energy market for the benefit of businesses and consumers.
The EU is committed to the so-called "20-20-20 plan": a 20% reduction in greenhouse gases, 20% more renewable energy used in energy consumption (compared to 8.5% today) and a 20% improvement in energy efficiency by 2020.
Energy Policy for Europe
In 2007, the European Council adopted the visionary energy Action Plan "Energy Policy for Europe". Above all else this action plan must help to increase energy security, ensure European economies’ competitiveness and promote environmental sustainability as well as combating climate change.
In 2010, work on the development of a new energy action plan for Europe 2011-2020 began in earnest.
Climate, Energy and Building minister negotiates in Brussels
The Climate, Energy and Building minister, Martin Lidegaard, negotiates as part of the Council of Ministers on matters concerning the climate and energy policy agenda in the EU. Issues regarding energy are dealt with as a general rule by the council on Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE), while climate issues are dealt with as a general rule by the Environment Council (ENVI).