In January 2008, Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs presented the Energy Efficiency Action Plan and Climate Action: Energy for a Changing World as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week event EU Sustainable Energy Policy - Partners for Sustainable Energy. Commissioner Piebalg's presentation was preceded by a welcome address from the Slovenian Minister for the Economy, was followed by speeches from the European Commission Directorate-General for Environment and the Directorate-General for Science and Research, as well as the European Parliament and the International Energy Agency.
On 10 January 2007, the European Commission released a press statement proposing an integrated energy and climate change package to cut emissions for the 21st Century in which it stated:
The European Commission today proposes a comprehensive package of measures to establish a new Energy Policy for Europe to combat climate change and boost the EU's energy security and competitiveness. The package of proposals set a series of ambitious targets on greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy and aim to create a true internal market for energy and strengthen effective regulation. The Commission believes that when an international agreement is reached on the post-2012 framework this should lead to a 30% cut in emissions from developed countries by 2020. To further underline its commitment the Commission proposes that the European Union commits now to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2020, in particular through energy measures.
Ref: IP/07/29 Date: 10/1/2007
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