2030 Climate Target Plan: Commission launches public consultations on EU renewable energy and energy efficiency directives

The Commission has today launched two further public consultations, as part of the preparatory work to deliver on its ambitious new 2030 emissions reduction target. The planned review of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive in June 2021 will ensure that EU policies on renewables and energy efficiency can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, said: “The Commission is putting in place the policy tools to match its climate ambitions. The path to climate neutrality requires scaling up and accelerating the production of renewable energy, and reinforcing our action on energy efficiency. The two consultations launched today will help to shape the proposals we will put forward next Summer.” The Impact Assessment on the 2030 Climate Target Plan estimated that the share of energy from renewable sources for 2030 should reach 38% to 40%, and that the energy efficiency gains needed are 36%-39% for final energy consumption and 39-41% for primary energy consumption. The public consultations (Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive) launched today will be open for 12 weeks. Citizens and stakeholders are now invited to share their feedback. More information is available here