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Europe’s strategy

Europe as a “climate continent”? Following his election last July, Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission stated: “I want Europe’s Energy Union to become the world number one in renewable energies”. The development of renewable energy was “an industrial policy imperative if we still want to have affordable energy at our disposal”.

In October the EU set out its targets for 2030, with decentralised supply and renewable energy occupying a key position.

European energy policy must therefore be radically reformed and placed on a new organisational footing. The objective is a European energy market where powers are combined, infrastructures are networked and additional energy sources developed. “The importance of decentralised structures is continually increasing”, says Rudi Rienzner, CEO of the South Tyrol Energy Association (SEV). As a member of several international associations SEV is also represented in Brussels and is taking an active role in the energy debate there.

At the end of October the European Council will adopt a new framework programme for its climate and energy policy for the period between 2020 and 2030, setting the EU’s target for the share of renewable energy in overall consumption at 27%
by 2030. One thing is clear: this will not be possible without the strengthening of decentralised supply structures.

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