EU 2030: Next low carbon economy targets

IED Conference

Brussels, Belgium, 27 November 2013


In 2008, European leaders committed to a series of joint goals to be achieved by 2020 including a 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels; a target to source 20% of energy from renewable sources; and a 20% improvement in the EU's energy efficiency. But after 2020 there will be a gap of 30 years with very little policy guidance. Investors and planners need medium-term signals in order to carry on investing in the solutions that are already tackling climate change. The European Commission is therefore focused on agreeing a set of proposals to take the ambition of member states to 2030. The window of opportunity before European elections in May 2014 means that there is limited time for key decisions to be reached. This seminar was therefore perfectly timed to discuss centre-left views across the continent.

Speakers of the event included Vittorio Prodi MEP (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats), Francesco Rutelli (President of Centro per un Futuro Sostenibile), Tom Greatrex MP (Labour Party spokesman on energy and climate change), Oliver Geden (Energy and climate expert from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs), Valérie Plainemaison (General Secretary of European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services); Sergio Castellari (Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change); Marzio Galeotti (University of Milan). Will Straw (IPPR) moderated the event.

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Xabier Ezeizabarrena (Written contribution)