EU looks to tighten up energy policy to 2020

The European Commission has begun discussions on a new energy strategy for the EU up to 2020, tackling slippage in energy efficiency programmes, inadequate investment in energy infrastructure and potentially tighter emissions reduction targets

The energy directorate of the European Commission has launched a public consultation on how the EU should meet its climate change and energy security obligations up to 2020. Tightening compliance with existing regulations are as much a focus as adopting new measures.

A discussion paper, launched on 6 May, considers how to address challenges to global energy security such as the increasing reliance on Russian gas, slow progress in combating climate change, and the need to ensure sustainable growth and economic recovery and invest in new energy networks.1 The consultation will feed into developing a new energy strategy that will cover 2011-2020. The commission is hoping for adoption early in 2011.

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