The EU Parliament apporved an own initiaitve report on the Second Strategic Energy Review advocating emergency action plans, more grid interconnections among Member States and new climate targets to be achieved by 2050, including raising the share of renewables to 60% of total consumption. The report drawn up by French Liberal Anne Laperrouze (ALDE, FR) , will be on the agenda for the 19-20 March European Council debate on the EU’s future energy strategy. MEPs also call on the EU’s heads of states to adopt new climate targets to be achieved by 2050: a 60-80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, a 35% improvement in energy efficiency, and a 60% share of renewable energy in the EU’s total energy consumption.
Saving energy is “the most effective and cost-efficient way of improving energy security”, say MEPs, calling on the Commission and Member States immediately to adopt a legally binding energy efficiency improvement target of at least 20% by 2020.