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Discussion on EU climate change and energy policy

2014-02-20

At 1 p.m. on 20 February, the Ministry of Environment will host a discussion on the Lithuanian position in the debate on the new European Union climate change and energy policy objectives for 2030.

Organised by the Ministry of Environment in cooperation with the body governed by public law, DVI Darnaus vystymo iniciatyvos, and the Baltic Environmental Forum, the discussion will be attended by representatives of national authorities, non-governmental organisations, scholars, business associations and other stakeholders.

The purpose of this event is to discuss, together with government and public representatives concerned, Lithuania’s position in the debate on the new European Union climate change and energy policy objectives for 2030.

The discussion will deal with the question of what greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets Lithuania should support. The participants will discuss if the 40-per cent greenhouse gas emission reduction proposed by the European Commission is a sufficient target. They will consider the structure of the climate policy objectives and their impact on Lithuania.

In 2007, the European Union approved its climate change and energy policy objectives for 2009 to 2020. The targets are a 20-per cent reduction of GHG emissions from 1990 levels, raising the share of final energy consumption produced from renewable sources to at least 20 per cent and a 20-per cent improvement in primary energy efficiency (compared to 2005 levels).

To ensure the continuity of the climate change and energy policy, in 2014 the European Union is launching a debate on new commitments for the period 2020 to 2030.

Recently the European Commission has presented an analysis of the impact of the climate change and energy policy objectives and its position on this issue.

Similarly to other EU Member States, Lithuania will discuss this question at the European Council on 21 March 2014.

Public Information Division
20.02.2014

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas