This letter was sent ahead of the COREPER meeting on 24 November 2017
Dear Deputy Ambassador,
This Friday, 24 November, you will be discussing the proposed Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. With that in mind we are writing on behalf of our EU-wide network to highlight those aspects of the draft legislation that we consider critical to effective implementation by the EU of the Paris Agreement.
By signing the Paris Agreement the EU has committed itself to pursuing efforts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C. It has also committed to review the level of ambition of its climate action every five years, under the Paris Agreement’s review cycle.
In this context, and while we welcome the proposal to rename the legislation in question the “Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action” - a change that emphasises the need for an integrated approach – the latest proposed text from the Presidency (dated 17 November) exhibits three major shortcomings:
- Inconsistency with long term climate objectives and the review cycle embedded in the Paris Agreement;
- Inconsistency as regards the approaches taken to ensuring delivery of the EU’s 2030 targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency; and
- Inconsistency between long term strategies and short term planning
Wendel Trio, Director, Climate Action Network Europe