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EU green paper
March 1, 2013

In March 2013, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy launched a public consultation on the Green Paper "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies".

All member states, EU institutions and other relevant actors were invited to share their viewpoints until July 2, 2013. The consultation focused on potential climate and energy targets for 2030, as the EC is currently working on concrete proposals for the 2030 framework that is expected to be ready by the end of this year. One of the key issues raised in the document was the type, nature and level of the targets that should be formulated. The paper also addressed the need for coherent policy instruments at EU level when implementing EU legislation on energy efficiency, renewable energy, GHG emissions reductions, and policies within the transport sector. It explored how to foster the competitiveness of a low-carbon economy for 2030, acknowledging the different capacities within EU member states to accomplish EU goals in terms of comparative wealth, the structure of the industrial sector, energy mix, RES potential, and social conditions. The Green Paper stresses that the proportional distribution of tools to achieve targets in member states should be maintained in the 2030 framework.

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