Nov 22, 2010
On 10 November 2010, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Energy 2020- A Strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure Energy.
EU energy goals have been incorporated into the "Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth", as adopted by the European Council in June 2010. In particular, the EU aims at achieving ambitious energy and climate-change objectives for 2020: reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 20 %, increase the share of renewable energy to 20 % and make a 20 % improvement in energy efficiency. The sectors with the biggest energy saving potential are transport and buildings.
Cooperation with third countries, such as China, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. in specific technologies shall be promoted. Four major projects in key areas for Europe's competitiveness will be launched, such as new technologies for intelligent networks and electricity storage, research on second-generation bio-fuels and the 'smart cities' partnership to promote energy savings in urban areas.