Implementing the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework – a closer look at renewables and opportunities for an Energy Union

Wednesday, 10 December 2014
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On 23-24 October 2014, the European Council decided on a new set of targets for 2030 by adopting the “2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework”. The framework raises several practical questions that need to be addressed in the upcoming legislative process, specifically regarding renewables. The aim of this paper – prepared in the context of the European IEE project “towards2030-dialogue”, of which CEPS is a partner – is to provide a first analysis of these questions and to offer policy recommendations based on our findings.

The main issues revolve around the need for dedicated support for reaching the renewables target, how to ensure a legally binding character of the EU-target in the absence of binding national commitments and how to share the overall 27% target among individual entities such as single EU member states or groups of EU member states.

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Anne Held and Mario Ragwitz are researchers at Fraunhofer ISI; and Gustav Resch, Lukas Liebmann are researchers at TU Wien/EEG; and Fabio Genoese is Research Fellow at CEPS.