Focus on wind power: Vice-President Šefčovič in Hamburg

Energy generated from wind is a key pillar driving the transition of Europe’s energy mix. During the WindEurope Summit 2016 today in Hamburg, Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič is delivering the keynote speech on making the energy transition work towards the modernisation of the European economy and is holding a joint press conference on the Energy Union and the Energiewende with German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz. “We are on track to achieve the objectives of both the Energy Union and the Energiewende but we need to keep up our efforts. Wind power is an indigenous source of energy in Europe. The more it is captured and used, the less energy dependent Europe becomes”, said Vice-President Šefčovič. In the context of the transport sector’s contribution towards building the Energy Union, Vice-President Šefčovič is also visiting today the port of Hamburg and the Airbus factory in Finkenwerder, where the Airbus A380 “Superjumbos” are being prepared for final delivery. The Political Guidelines for the Juncker Commission set the ambition for Europe to become the world leader in renewable energies. This is why the European Union is committed to having at least 27% renewables in our energy system by 2030. That ambition and those policies will help us deliver our target to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030.