JRC: EU remains on track to implement Energy Union
According to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the EU remains on track to implement the Energy Union strategy for secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy, with significant developments across several policy areas - including research and development, renewables and energy efficiency. The EC presented its 3rd State of the Energy Union report on 24 November 2017. The report was drafted with scientific input from the JRC and calls for concerted action to ensure the completion of the Energy Union before the end of this Commission's mandate in 2019.
The JRC's scientific input includes the following:
- By 2020, cities in Europe could contribute nearly a third of the EU's entire greenhouse gas emissions savings;
- Improvements in energy intensity have driven a decrease in energy consumption;
- The JRC's scientific analysis has helped to assess the value of key infrastructure projects included in the 3rd list of Projects of Common Interest.
According to the JRC, these inputs provide an accurate picture of where the EU stands in areas such as meeting energy efficiency targets, harnessing the potential of cities to drive energy transformation and ensuring the EU's clean energy competiveness through research and innovation. The JRC assessed the progress of Member States over the last years, looking at:
- Public and private investments in energy research and development;
- Innovative patents created;
- Research and innovation funding priorities and key patenting areas for each Member State.
The outcome of each assessment forms a dedicated chapter in the country fact sheets that are annexed to the state of the Energy Union report.
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