On 27 March, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper on "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies".
The document aims to open up a public consultation, allowing Member States, other EU institutions and stakeholders to express their views on the type, nature and level of potential climate and energy targets for 2030, but also on other important aspects of the EU energy policy in a 2030 perspective. The consultation will run until 2 July and the outcome will feed into the Commission's on-going preparations for more concrete proposals for the EU's 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, which will be tabled by the end of 2013.
The 2030 framework will build on the experience and lessons learnt from the 2020 framework and will identify where improvements can be made. Moreover, it will take into account the longer term perspective set out by the Commission in 2011 in the Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050, the Energy Roadmap 2050 and the Transport White Paper.
The Commission also published a Consultative Communication on the future of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe, aiming to open debate on the development of CCS. It also adopted the renewable energy (RES) progress report, which analyses the EU Members’ 2020 targets.