National plans will be prepared throughout the European Union, and the commission will make recommendations to ensure that the bloc's climate and energy targets for 2030 are met efficiently and effectively. "And it will help us deliver on promises in the field of energy, climate and beyond". We must not forget the Commissioner's role in proposing new EU laws to implement the 2030 climate and energy framework, as well as navigating negotiations with the European Parliament and national governments in this vein.
Cañete said the updated ambitions collectively marked "major deliveries" in the bloc's transition to green energy, adding that the Clean Energy package "will translate into the right investments to modernise the European Union economy and energy systems".
One of the main features of the new LIFE programme is an increased focus on clean energy, indeed, one of the main aims is to encourage investment and support activities towards energy efficiency, particularly in European regions which are behind and need to catch up in the transition towards clean energy. This will contribute to have all Member States making the best and most cost-efficient choices and the right investments so that their energy decisions climate-consistent and avoid costly lock-ins. "They will need to be strengthened in time if we are to meet our climate obligations". "Finally, it is better still news for our planet, given that energy efficiency is a key element of our climate policy and this Directive will play a crucial role in meeting our obligations stemming from the Paris climate change agreement". "The Energy Union is on track...going from strength to strength".
The Commission will assess the integrated national energy and climate plans and make recommendations or adopt remedy measures, if it considers that insufficient progress was made or that not enough actions were taken. That's why, for the first time ever, we are proposing European Union standards to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions from new heavy-duty vehicles.
The new agreement places responsibility for the governance of the Energy Union with member states, and aims to ensure access to secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy and enable Europe to become a world leader in renewables. "One thing is certain, with the Energy Union governance we have the necessary stepping stone for the preparation of Long-Term Strategy to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases that are warming up the planet and changing the climate". These national plans would be comparable throughout the EU.
European Union decision-makers agreed to aim for a net zero emissions economy "as soon as possible" in the early hours of this morning. "Disappointingly, however, European Union decision-makers did not agree on strict rules to ensure the renewables and energy efficiency targets are met", she added.
The EU has agreed to a set of rules towards its Clean Energy for All Europeans package, which collectively add up to an improvement above the EU's current 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target.