On 17 January, the European Parliament adopted, with a large majority, its position on three Clean Energy package dossiers: the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and the Governance of Energy Union Regulation.
For the EED and for the RED, MEPs agreed on a 35% EU binding target. These proposed targets are generally higher than in the positioning of other European Institutions. The Commission draft suggested 27% for RED and 30% for EED and in the Council General Approach we can find 27% for RED and 30% for the EED.
Regarding the EED, the plenary voted against the 40% binding target that ITRE had adopted in its report. The plenary also rejected ITRE’s provision, which would have removed the partial exemption for ETS-sectors from energy savings calculations after 2020. This would have led to double-capping of the energy use in these sectors and could have created overlapping burdens for industry in the EU Emissions Trading System.
The negotiations on the three dossiers are ongoing under the Bulgarian Presidency and are expected to be finalised before the end of June 2018.
Cerame-Unie's position paper on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package can be found here.