With "Themes" the Danish Energy Association wish to express its views on the debate in the energy sector.

On November 30th, the European Commission launched the largest regulatory package of the Energy Union yet. The Danish Energy Association has been through the proposals and now sums up the most important issues of the Winter Package. Click on Picture for a bigger version.

The perceived high cost of transforming Europe’s energy production and consumption into a sustainable energy system poses perhaps the most significant challenge for the 80-95% GHG reduction target by 2050. At a time of economic stagnation in the EU it is more important than ever before to find ways to combine economic growth with an ambitious transformation of the energy system.

In response to a public consultation from the EU Commission on the European energy and climate framework towards 2030 the Danish Energy Association fully supports an ambitious framework that promotes a decarbonisation of the energy sector.

Supporters of a strong European Emission Trading System (EU ETS) won a political victory today when the European Parliament voted on the modified backloading proposal. A victory that sends the important political signal that we want to decarbonise the European energy system and a green European future. However, the vote is only the first step. Now we have to take the next step and agree on ambitious 2030 targets and implement the long needed structural reform of the EU ETS so that the EU ETS again can become relevant for investors in low-carbon technologies, says Ulrich Bang, Director of International and EU affairs in the Danish Energy Association.

Investments in CHP, energy efficiency and renewable energy is on hold after a vote in the plenary session in Strasbourg earlier today, where the European Parliament rejected the Commission’s highly debated proposal for “backloading”. Thus the European support for modernizing the energy sector has experienced a reversal. Now we have to focus on finding solutions, so that we do not end up with 27 national policies, says Ulrich Bang, director of European Affairs in the Danish Energy Association.