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EU Green Paper on 2030 framework for climate and energy policies

On 27 March, the European Commission published a Green Paper on "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies". This paper launches a public consultation open until 2 July.

The views of stakeholders on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, the successor of the 20-20-20 package (20% greenhouse gas reductions, 20% energy efficiency improvements, 20% renewable energies share by 2020) will feed into the Commission´s on-going preparations for more concrete proposals for the 2030 legislative framework which will be presented by the end of 2013.

In a recent report on the health impacts of coal power plants HEAL has called on EU policy makers to prioritise investments in renewable energies and energy efficiency in order to decrease the health impacts from fossil-fuel based power generation.

According to the EU Commission, developing a 2030 framework is necessary to provide certainty and reduced regulatory risk for investors as well as for the EU carbon market (EU-ETS); to help mobilise funding for renewable energies and energy efficiency measures; support progress towards a competitive low carbon/green economy; and establish the EU’s 2030 ambition level for GHG reductions which will send an important signal for a new international agreement on climate change foreseen for 2015.

The 2030 framework will build on the experience and lessons learnt from the 2020 framework and will identify where improvements can be made. It will also take into account the longer term perspective set out by the Commission in 2011 in the Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050, the Energy Roadmap 2050 and the Transport White Paper.

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Last updated on 7 June 2013

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