The Energy Union
Energy policy is one of the central fields of work in relation to EU cooperation. This field of work is attracting greater political attention due to the global transition towards renewable energy systems. Danish energy policy is closely coordinated with the EU Member States.
EU Energy Policy has been strengthened over the past years. Focus is on fighting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions of and transitioning to renewable energy sources to decrease reliance on fossil fuels. Simultaneously, efforts to ensure an integrated European energy market have been enacted to deliver benefits for businesses and consumers, along with greater supply security.
The Energy Union
The Energy Union Strategy, launched by the EU Commission in February 2015, frames the key initiatives relating to European policy on climate and energy for the period 2015-2019.
The Energy Union Strategy consists of 5 dimensions:
- Security of supply: The strategy focuses on implementation of the EU Supply Security Strategy, diversification of energy supply and strengthened coordination of external energy policy.
- Internal Energy Market: The strategy focuses on expansion of energy infrastructure, new design of the electricity market and increased regional energy cooperation.
- Energy Efficiency: The strategy focuses on revisions of the Directive on Energy Efficiency, the Directive on ECO-design, the Directive on Energy Labelling, and the Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings.
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions: The strategy focuses on reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), a proposal for emission accounting in non-ETS sectors and implementation of the EU 2030 targets of CO2 emission reductions and increased renewable energy production.
- Research: The strategy will include a focus on research and innovation.
Read more about the Energy Union on the Commission website