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European energy policy
The Treaty of Lisbon places energy at the heart of European activity. It effectively gives it a new legal basis which it lacked in the previous treaties (Article 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)).
The aims of the policy are supported by market-based tools (mainly taxes, subsidies and the CO2 emissions trading scheme), by developing energy technologies (especially technologies for energy efficiency and renewable or low-carbon energy) and by Community financial instruments. Furthermore, in December 2008 the EU adopted a series of measures with the objective of reducing the EU’s contribution to global warming and guaranteeing energy supply.
A POLICY FOR ENERGY
- A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy
- European Energy Programme for Recovery
- Energy Security and Solidarity Action Plan
- An Energy Policy for Europe
- Green Paper: A European strategy for sustainable, competitive and secure energyArchives
Factors contributing to the development of energy policy
- Greenhouse gas: reducing emissions by 20 % or more by 2020
- Information on investment projects in energy infrastructure
- “Green” vehicles: a European strategy
- Reducing greenhouse gases by 2020
- ICTs to facilitate the transition to an energy-efficient, low-carbon economy
- Strategy on climate change for 2020 and beyond
- Strategy for sustainable developmentArchives
- Integrating the environment into Community energy policyArchives
- European Energy and Transport Forum
- MARKET-BASED INSTRUMENTS
- RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
- FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS