2020 EU Climate and Energy Package—snapshot
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The following EU Law practice note produced in partnership with Laura Bolado of Andes Legal Consulting Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • 2020 EU Climate and Energy Package—snapshot
  • Overview
  • The 2020 strategy
  • Key pieces of legislation
  • Developments
  • Benefits of the 2020 strategy
  • Assessment of the Energy Union
  • The 2020 strategy in the UK
  • UK government and climate change
  • Devolved administrations
  • More...

2020 EU Climate and Energy Package—snapshot

Title2020 Climate and Energy Package
Entry into Forcen/a
Transposition Deadlinen/a
Related legislation in England and Walesn/a
SubjectEU Environmental Law—Climate targets; Climate change—Climate targets


The 2020 EU Climate and Energy package, agreed in 2007, set three key targets for the year 2020:

  1. 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels, with an objective of a 30% reduction by 2020 subject to the conclusion of a comprehensive international climate change agreement

  2. 20% of EU energy from renewables

  3. 20% improvement in energy efficiency

During the European Council meeting of March 2007, EU leaders agreed to set precise, legally binding targets to tackle climate change, to face up to the challenge of secure, sustainable and competitive energy and to make the EU economy a model for sustainable development in the 21st century. Europe showed itself ready to provide global leadership, it was a symbol of its determination.

The best way to reach such ambitious goals was for every Member State to know what was expected, and for the goals to be legally binding so that the levers of government could be fully mobilised and the private sector would have the long-term confidence required to justify the investment needed to transform the EU into a low-carbon and high energy efficiency economy.

The above was a signal to international partners that the EU was

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