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Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Governance of the Energy Union: Council Signs Off on 3 Major Clean Energy Files

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BRUSSELS, Belgium, Dec. 4 -- The Council of the European Union issued the following news release:

By 2030, the EU will have to get 32 percent of its energy from renewable sources and reach an energy efficiency headline target of 32.5 percent. The new targets are set out in a revised directive on energy efficiency and a revised directive on renewable energy which were adopted today by the Council. The Council also signed off on the so-called governance regulation, which sets out the framework for the governance of the Energy Union and climate action. This completes the final stage in the legislative procedure for the three files, which are part of the Clean Energy package.

Energy efficiency directive

The revised energy efficiency directive establishes a framework of measures whose main objective is to ensure that the EU's 2020 and 2030 headline targets are met. Increasing energy efficiency will benefit the environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security, cut energy costs for households and companies, help alleviate energy poverty and contribute to growth and jobs.

The main elements of the revised directive include:

* EU headline targets on energy efficiency of at least 32,5 percent by 2030

* An obligation to achieve energy savings each year between 2021 and 2030 of 0.8 percent (0,24 percent in the case of Cyprus and Malta) of annual final energy consumption as well as flexibility for the Member States on how to fulfil this obligation

* Social provisions requiring Member States to take into account the need to alleviate energy poverty when designing policy measures aimed at achieving energy savings.

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