Scottish and Southern Energy

Energy companies pledge for ‘EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package’

Press Release   •   Nov 23, 2011 08:47 GMT

A coalition of three leading European energy utilities – Eneco (the Netherlands), Dong Energy (Denmark) and SSE (United Kingdom) – calls upon the European Commission to present an ambitious Second ‘Climate and Energy Package’, including binding 2030 targets on carbon reductions, renewables and energy efficiency. Following the First ‘Climate and Energy Package’ (adopted in 2009) and the forthcoming EU Energy Roadmap 2050, it is essential to bridge the policy gap between 2020 and 2050, in order to allow the industry to create a sustainable and affordable pathway to reach the EU’s objective of 80-95% carbon emissions reduction by 2050.

The European Commission is on the verge of presenting the long-awaited Energy Roadmap 2050, which will present various scenarios for the decarbonisation of the European energy system and give direction to future energy policy. The coalition believes the European power sector should do its share by investing in a secure, affordable and carbon-neutral power supply in Europe by 2050. However - as stated in the EU Low Carbon Roadmap 2050 – current EU policies will not allow the EU to meet its objective of 80-95% carbon emissions reduction by 2050. The coalition believes that this is largely due to the significant policy gap between 2020 and 2050.

The power industry requires long term predictability of the EU’s commitment on the decarbonisation of the energy system, in order to make the necessary investments in technological innovations and the low carbon energy supply chain to bring down the costs. We are therefore asking for more clarity over the medium-term and encouraging the European Commission to present an ambitious Energy Roadmap 2050, which addresses the current discrepancy between long-term energy and climate objectives, mid-term milestones and current short-term policies.

Following the First ‘Climate and Energy Package’ and the Energy Roadmap 2050, we call upon the European Commission to present a ‘2030 Climate and Energy Package’, including binding 2030 targets for carbon reductions, renewables and efficiency. This Package should consist of a balanced mix of coherent policies, including a strong EU ETS, for timely and affordable decarbonisation of the energy system for the period beyond 2020.