On 15th July, the European Commission published a Summer Package of proposals in the field of energy, an important step forward in the pursuit of President Juncker’s aim to implement the Energy Union strategy with a forward looking climate change policy.
The Package consists of proposals to update energy efficiency labelling, revise the EU Emissions Trading System and deliver a new deal for energy consumers. A public consultation on the new electricity market design, open until 8th October, has also been launched.
Speaking about the Summer Package, EU Commission Vice- President for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, stated:
In the Energy Union strategy, we committed to empowering European consumers, creating a single well-functioning energy market, putting energy efficiency first and becoming the number one in renewables.
Today, five months after the adoption of the Energy Union strategy, this Summer Package shows our determination to decarbonise our economy and to give consumers a central role in Europe’s energy transition. It marks not only a new deal for consumers, but a new deal for Europe´s entire energy system.
The proposals underline one of the main tenets of the Energy Union strategy, namely the principle of “energy efficiency first.”
Energy efficiency is prioritised as the Commission believes it can contribute to cutting emissions and reducing import dependency on fossil fuels as well as ensuring consumers make savings.
Thus, the Commission hopes that by updating energy efficiency labelling, consumers will be able to make informed choices, leading to savings of both energy and money, and that in general the system will become more coherent and easily comprehensible.
In concrete terms, the Commission’s revised energy labelling system would involve returning to a standardised “A – G” labelling scale for energy efficient products across the board, whilst also ensuring that existing labels could be rescaled. Moreover, the Commission has put forward the idea of creating an online database of energy efficient products, which would allow for greater transparency and easier market surveillance by national authorities.
It is expected that it will take a year for the Parliament and Council to reach an agreement on the proposal. The Commission will then implement most changes within a period of five years.