8 maart: Commissie presenteert Groenboek over Europees energiebeleid


8 maart: Commissie presenteert Groenboek over Europees energiebeleid

Woensdag 8 maart: Green paper on European Energy Policy

The news :

  • Europe is becoming more and more reliant on imported energy. If no measures are taken in the next 20 to 30 years around 70% of the Union's energy requirements, compared to 50% today, will be covered by imported products.
  • At present roughly half of the EU's gas consumption comes from only three countries (Russia, Norway, Algeria). If present consumptions patterns continue, gas imports are likely to increase to 80% over the next 25 years.
  • According to the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, greenhouse gas emissions have already made the world one degree hotter and if no action is taken we will cause a further increase of between three and five degrees this century.
  • In Europe alone, to meet expected future energy demand and to replace aging plant and infrastructure, investments of 600 billion euros will be needed over the next 20 years.
  • Those are some of the problems Europe is facing in the field of energy. A more focussed European energy policy can make an increased contribution to the core objectives that underpin energy policy at both national and Community level: competitiveness, security of supply and sustainable development. The Commission plans to adopt on 8 March a green paper that outlines possible means for the EU to meet these challenges.

The event :
Press conference with President José Manuel Barroso and Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Energy at the Berlaymont in Brussels
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The sources :
European Commission :
Energy and transport report 2000-2004:
Green Paper : Towards a European strategy for the security of energy supply :
Green paper on Energy Efficiency :
Eurobarometer on Energy :
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The contacts :
Ferran Tarradellas +32 2 296 6293 ; Marylin Carruthers +32 2 299 9451