What's new in the field of energy?

This week, the European Commission met to discuss several topics of major importance with a view of achieving the climate goals as set in the European Green Deal. New policy and legislative proposals were presented as a way to complete the Fit For 55 Package published in July 2021.

On December 14, the Commission published its policy guidance for a far and inclusive transition towards climate neutrality. The proposed Council Recommendation should help Member States implement policy packages that will ensure a transition towards climate neutrality, by taking into consideration the possible employment and social consequences which are linked to this same transition and by making full use of the funding options available to Member States to achieve this goal. On the same day, the Commission adopted four proposals that will modernise the EU's transport system, which should put the transport sector on track to cutting its emissions by 90%. The four proposals include the Action Plan to boost long-distance and cross-border passenger rail services, the Revision of the TEN-T Regulation, the Intelligent Transport System and the European Urban Mobility Framework.

On December 15, the Commission adopted a proposal for a new EU Directive to crack down on environmental crime, which defines new environmental crimes, sets a minimum level for sanctions and strengthens the effectiveness of law enforcement cooperation. On the same day, the Commission published its revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which aims at achieving a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050. Last but not least, the Commission released its proposal for a Directive and a Regulation on the internal markets in renewable and natural gases and in hydrogen, a Regulation on methane emissions reduction in the energy sector and a Communication on custainable carbon cycles.

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