European Commission proposes ‘new deal’ for energy consumers

European Commission proposes ‘new deal’ for energy consumers

The package is an important step towards implementing the Energy Union strategy with a forward looking climate change policy, launched as one of the political priorities of the Juncker Commission in February 2015. These proposals give prominence to the “energy efficiency first” principle and put households and business consumers at the heart of the European energy market.

EU Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said: “In the Energy Union strategy, we committed to empowering European consumers, creating a single well-functioning energy market, putting energy efficiency first and becoming the number one in renewables. Today, five months after the adoption of the Energy Union strategy, this Summer Package shows our determination to decarbonise our economy and to give consumers a central role in Europe’s energy transition. It marks not only a new deal for consumers, but a new deal for Europe´s entire energy system.”

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “Actions speak louder than words. Today we take a decisive step towards enshrining the EU’s target of at least 40% emissions cut by 2030 into law. My message to our global partners ahead of the Paris climate conference: the EU stands by its international commitments.  And my message to investors, businesses and industry: invest in clean energy; it’s here to stay and continue to grow. With these proposals, Europe is once again showing the way and leading the global transition to a low-carbon society.”

 

Source: European Commission

Date: July 2015

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