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economy in europe requires a
fundamental decarbonization and
transformation of the power sector, and therefore we need to
1) continue building renewables,
2) increase the efficient use of
energy, and 3) strengthen the network infrastructure.
But that was not the end of the
story. The technical and economic
findings now had to be translated
into more tangible and concrete
policy and governance recommendations. The eCF therefore
embarked on a third report, which
came to be called From Roadmaps to Reality.

From Roadmaps to Reality

The European Commission's 2030 Climate and Energy Framework
New Governance System

A Renewed Ambition for 2030

2020

20%
Greenhouse
Gas Reduction

20%
Renewable
Energy

20%
Energy
Savings

Dedicated
Governance

40%
Greenhouse
Gas Reduction

National Plans

2030
≥27%
Renewable
Energy

Energy
Efficiency:
Review in 2014

Common Indicators
Monitoring

unlike the previous studies, From
Roadmaps to Reality is not a quantitative technical analysis but a figure 8. The European Commission's 2030 climate and energy framework.
qualitative analysis of the current
legal, policy, and governance framework in the eu. it looked and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030, released 22 January
concretely at whether the current eu framework is adequate 2014. although the three-page description is vague and leaves
to drive a secure and affordable transition to a decarbonized many questions unanswered, the commission successfully
power sector and suggested policy options in areas where this placed a conversation about new european governance structures for the 2030 framework on the agenda (see Figure 8).
was not considered to be the case.
if the european Commission manages to generate a conThe report finds that the completion of the european
internal energy Market is a critical building block for an structive dynamic around the governance debate, the eu
affordable and secure decarbonization transition since it may be on track to a substantial upgrading of its common
reduces the costs and risks related to the transition. The energy and climate framework. Will it lead to a european
challenge for eu policy, therefore, is to capture the benefits energy policy 2.0? That remains to be seen.
With the Roadmaps to Reality report, eCF completed its
of increased systems and market integration while allowing
the prudent and, where possible, coordinated use of market multiyear Roadmap 2050 project, which took a large group
of stakeholders on a journey from long-term projections
interventions at the national level.
This graph, the policy landscape (see Figure 7), is the to concrete policy recommendations around the common
new perspective the report brings to the debate. There is in objective of an affordable and secure transition to a decarfact not a choice between all-european or all-national solu- bonized power sector. The project has addressed a great deal
tions or between command-and-control or market-based of the how, why, and what of decarbonization. now it is a
solutions. The reality is that the energy sector will need to question of implementation and political will.
deal with a combination of measures going forward. The
challenge to policy makers is to define a set of policies that For Further Reading
are inherently consistent and that work toward a common european Climate Foundation. (2014). roadmap 2050 projgoal, rather than a patchwork of multilayered regulations ect. [online] available: www.roadmap2050.eu
heading in different directions.
european Commission. (2011, Mar.). roadmap for movFrom Roadmaps to Reality concludes that eu governments ing to a low carbon economy in 2050. [online]. available:
should take a fresh look at eu energy policy and work toward http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/roadmap/index_en.htm
stronger governance structures that align market liberalization
european Commission. (2011, dec.). energy roadmap.
and decarbonization objectives (see Figure 7). The emerging [online]. available: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/energy2020/
discussions around the 2030 climate and energy framework roadmap/index_en.htm
provided a unique window of opportunity to establish a stronger
and more integrated eu strategy on climate and energy issues.
Biographies
The european Commission reflected this thinking in its Dries Acke is with the european Climate Foundation, Brussels,
long-awaited communication on a policy framework for climate Belgium.
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