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The European Commission is preparing a plan to boost energy efficiency

23/07/2009


The European Commission (EC) will fall into an action plan to improve energy efficiency at EU level, as announced by the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Energy Maud Olofsson, as the country holding the rotating presidency of the Union.

The Energy Ministers of the European Union have discussed today in Aare, in central Sweden, the upcoming Community strategies to increase energy efficiency and comply with their plans to combat climate change. Holders of European Energy held an informal Council in the Swedish town, where they will join their colleagues of Environment starting tomorrow.

In addition, Olofsson said that there is a "strong commitment" of European ministers to make the EU package of measures against global warming a "tool" to get an agreement at the ONU summit on climate next December in Copenhagen.
The EU committed itself in December 2020 to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20 percent compared to 1990, using 20% of energy from renewable sources and saving 20% of energy. Olofsson also mentioned the importance of "education and training" of consumers to achieve those goals, as well as the need to cooperate with SMEs and help create new business in the sector.

The European Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs has specified that the Commission will present in late November an ambitious plan in preparation for the Copenhagen summit and said that before the end of the Swedish presidency later this year, expects to complete the proposals as it relates to the labelling of products that consume less energy.
Piebalgs has also been trusted to take the new European legislation on security of gas supplies as soon as possible. Asking about the possibility that Europe suffers new cuts Russian gas from Ukraine, the Commissioner has stated that the Community Executive is working on measures to avoid this situation. “We maintain permanent contact with our Russian and Ukrainian partners as well as financial institutions, to negotiate solutions to medium and long term to facilitate the purchase of Russian gas from Kiev”.

Piebalgs concluded "I hope we do not face any crisis, and we do not have any at the Swedish presidency and during the Spanish (in the first half of 2010)".
Moreover, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Nobuo Tanaka has emphasized that energy efficiency is a cheap way of reducing CO2 emissions, because 54% of the gases that cause the greenhouse effect will be due to energy savings.

Finally, the Spanish Secretary of State for Energy, Pedro Luis Marín, who attended on behalf of the Spanish Presidency’s turn for the EU and will take over from Sweden in January 2010, has qualified excellent progress in creating an European regulatory agency for energy.

In December, the UE member states will have to decide what country will host the headquarters of the agency, and to do that, there are three possible options: Slovenia, Slovakia or Romania.

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