Energy Community meets to reaffirm political commitment for adoption of 2030 energy and climate targets

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 24 February, the 6th Energy and Climate Committee (ECC) meeting of the Energy Community took place, bringing together more than 100 participants, including national ministers and leadership from the energy and climate departments at the European Commission, to reaffirm political commitment for the adoption of 2030 energy and climate targets.

The ECC, chaired by Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, and Connie Hedegaard, former EU Commissioner for Climate Action, took stock of the Contracting Parties' efforts for the development of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and the process of updating Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC2) ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021.

The meeting was also the occasion to launch political dialogue with Contracting Parties on the Decarbonisation Roadmap for the Energy Community until 2030 and beyond, an initiative proposed by the European Commission. The Roadmap will complement ongoing national decarbonisation efforts in the Energy Community by focusing on setting a solid measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) system and also a meaningful carbon pricing mechanism with dedicated legislation.

At the next Ministerial Council in autumn 2021, the European Commission will present a study on extending EU energy and climate modelling capacity to the Contracting Parties. The study’s scope, timeline and purpose were extensively discussed among national experts and the European Commission during the meeting.

The Energy Community brings together the European Union and its neighbours, including Eastern partner countries – Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Its key objective is to extend the EU’s internal energy market rules and principles to countries in south east Europe, the Black Sea region and beyond through a legally binding framework.

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