The European Commission’s vision of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where consumers take ownership of the energy transition, is to be applauded but needs to be followed up with genuine policy change, writes Jonathan Gaventa.
At the start of 2015, the European Commission shared some sobering statistics. As the world’s largest energy importer, the EU imports 53% of its energy. Ninety-four percent of its transport relies on oil, of which 90% is imported.
More than half of the first funding round of the EU’s flagship energy infrastructure project will go to gas, ignoring the Connecting Europe Facility’s underpinning regulation that calls for the majority of money to go to electricity.