Governance of the Energy Union

Background

On November 30, 2016, the European Commission released the “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package, which included a proposal on “Governance of the Energy Union”. In June 2018, the trilogues came to an end and an agreement was reached. 

The European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed on new 2030 targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and on a Governance document that will shape the future of the Energy Union.

The Governance regulation promotes the coordination and integration of the policies adopted under the five pillars of the Energy Union: energy security, integrated energy market, energy efficiency, decarbonisation, and research, innovation and competitiveness.In particular, it is designed to ensure that Member States set targets consistent with long-term EU climate objectives, and aims to enhance transparency and accountability of climate action by Member States.

The importance of the governance package cannot be overstated. Climate change policy governance is particularly important, as it can deliver the stability and predictability of the price signal required for low-carbon investments. An effective governance will therefore be key for the EU to deliver on its international decarbonisation commitments.

ERCST has worked on the Governance package since its release in 2016, and will continue to do so as the legislative process enters its implementation phase. Most recently, ERCST assessed the governance package as a tool to address policy overlaps and assessed the impacts of the new clean energy targets on the functioning of the EU ETS and Market Stability Reserve.

ERCST will continue to work on this topic in the future, with a focus  on addressing overlapping policies and assessing the national energy and climate plans.

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Addressing policy overlaps through the Governance of the Energy Union
Date: 21 September 2017

Author(s): Andrei Marcu, Wijnand Stoefs and Samuel Gonzalez Holguera