It is intended to fundamentally revise the EU’s energy policy framework and thus adapt it to the EU updated climate targets. By 2030, the EU’s GHE are to be reduced by 55% compared to the amount emitted in 1990. While the focus in December 2021 will be on decarbonised gas and the buildings sector, ten initiatives was planned last 14 July 2021. Overall, the “Fit for 55 Package” with the initiatives listed below is the central measures package of the European Green Deal:
1.- Revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), including maritime transport, aviation and CORSIA
2.- Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)
3.- Revision of the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR)
4.- Revision of the Energy Tax Directive (ETD)
5.- Amendments to the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) to implement the ambition of the new 2030 climate target
6.- Amendments to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) to implement the ambition of the new 2030 climate target
7.- Reduction of methane emissions in the energy sector
8.- Revision of the regulation on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF)
9.- Revision of the Directive on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure
10.- Revision of the Regulation setting CO2 standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles
11.- Revision of the Third Energy Package for gas (Directive 2009/73/EU and Regulation 715/2009/EU) to regulate competitive decarbonised gas markets in Q4 2021
12.- Revision of the energy performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in Q4 2021
Vice-President Franz Timmermans presented the plans in Brussels last Wednesday. That was the kick-off for a long process, looking for agreement among the Commission, the Parliament, and the Member States. This will be a challenge, as the new seems to be on achieving the reduction targets, which open to the countries’ challenges of what adjustments are necessary to achieve them. Another key aspect is how to support industries and companies that compete with others abroad EU, maintain international competitiveness. Specially with competitors in countries where the financial burden of environmental protection is lower. Nowadays, these are only draft initiatives, we do not know yet when the implementation will begin in the individual Member States, and what specific content will have agreed on at that time.
This stablishes the EU positioning of climate policy in everyday Europeans’ life, impacting firms and the way Europe makes business. It is key to ensure no one must be left behind in the process, to guarantee a social and society fair transition.
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