‘Clean Energy package’ top topic for EU Energy Council

The European Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans‘ package was the main theme of the meeting of the European Energy Council, whch took place on 26 June 2017, bringing together EU energy ministers, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, and European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete.

Main results

The Council adopted, without debate, a regulation on

  • Energy efficiency labelling which allows customers to be more aware of the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances, thus helping them to reduce their energy costs and contributing to the moderation of energy demand (See the relevant BUILD UP News).

The Council agreed its position on two proposals for revised directives on

  • Energy efficiency, establishing a 30 % EU energy efficiency target and an energy savings obligation of 1.5 %, decreasing to 1.0% for the period 2026-2030, unless the Commission mid-term review in 2024 concludes that the EU is not on track to meet its targets (See the relevant BUILD UP News).
  • Energy performance of buildings aiming to promote energy efficiency in buildings and to support cost-effective building renovation with a view to the long term goal of decarbonising the highly inefficient existing European building stock (See the relevant BUILD UP News).

The Council took note of a progress report on the legislative files under the Clean Energy package regarding in particular the internal market for electricity, governance and energy from renewable sources.

Ministers acknowledged the importance of this legislation and the need to make progress as fast as possible, but also stressed that, given the far-reaching implications of the proposals, an in-depth examination was necessary.

“We are very proud of securing these Council positions, which send a signal to the public that the Council is taking its energy and climate goals commitments seriously and is ready to engage in negotiations with the European Parliament as soon as possible. Both legislative acts will shape the energy efficiency measures which member states will take in the coming decade and beyond.” Joe Mizzi, Maltese minister for Energy and Water Management

The Council was informed by the Commission on recent developments in the field of external energy relations, including on the recent Commission request for a negotiating mandate on an agreement between the EU and the Russian Federation on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The Commission explained that the aim of the agreement is avoid legal uncertainty and ensure that the on-shore part of the pipeline complies with all the EU’s relevant legislation in this field, such as the internal energy market, security of gas supply, competition and environmental rules.

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