Energy Policy News

Housing Partnership FINAL Action Plan

The Housing Partnership was one of the first to be established within the framework of the Urban Agenda for the European Union. As stated in the Pact of Amsterdam, its ‘objectives are to have affordable housing of good quality.

The EU can contribute to these efforts with legal and financial instruments and a sound monitoring of developments on all levels of government. We have seen that housing traditions vary greatly within the Union, and our partnership explored the variety of problems and solutions existing in the rich fabric of housing policies throughout EU cities, regions and countries, in order to identify the core issues for our work. Based on broad expertise and sound evidence, conclusions were drawn as how the EU can contribute to overcoming the housing crisis.

READ the Action Plan

New Energy Performance in Buildings Directive came into force on 9 July 2018

With the new EPBD the Commission wants the EU to lead the clean energy transition. For this reason the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising the EU’s economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens. In doing so, the Commission is guided by three main goals:

  • putting energy efficiency first
  • achieving global leadership in renewable energies
  • providing a fair deal for consumers.

You can find the complete text of the Directive on the EC portal.

The approved Energy Sector Development Plan ensures Estonia’s energy supply

The Government confirmed the Estonian Energy Development Plan until 2030 (ENMAK), the main objective of which is to ensure the availability of energy supplies to consumers and the best possible price. The new development plan will replace the existing state energy development plan until 2020, which was approved in 2009. Dozens of Estonian specialists, companies and stakeholders were involved in the preparation of ENMAK.