Energy Community discusses new timeframe for 2030 targets

21 November 2019

At today’s meeting of the Energy and Climate Technical Working Group, the European Commission announced a new timeframe for setting 2030 targets for energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emission reduction within the Energy Community. The targets are now expected to be adopted by mid-2021. Even before having the Energy Community targets in place, several Contracting Parties showed their determination to move ahead with 2030 energy and climate planning in the imminent future based on their own targets.

At the previous day’s Energy Efficiency Coordination Group meeting, many Contracting Parties raised concerns about the time gap between the expiring National Energy Efficiency Action Plans by the end of 2020 and the adoption of the new policy framework, including the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).

Setting emission reduction, renewables and energy efficiency targets for the Energy Community is important not only for starting the decarbonisation of Contracting Parties’ economies, and in particular their energy sectors, but also for synchronizing efforts with the EU’s 2030 schedule under the Clean Energy Package. Following the Recommendation adopted by the Ministerial Council in 2018, the Contracting Parties are expected to submit their NECPs to the Secretariat in the first half of 2020.