Energy is fundamental for the well functioning of Europe’s economy. It underpins every other Commission initiative, but especially the push for jobs and growth. Without a secure and affordable supply, Europe’s competitiveness will not improve. Equally important though is the sustainability of the energy system as a whole. The Juncker Commission has made the completion of the aptly named Energy Union one of its key priorities whilst ensuring that a forward-looking climate change policy runs through its core.
In parallel, the Commission is also working on a paradigm shift – the Circular Economy. Europe’s environmental regulations, alongside its major economic policies, will be changing to close the resource loop. The first to be tackled are the waste directives. Then later all product design will be influenced to embed sustainability from the ground up. This philosophy will change most existing legislation and be a foundational element of every new initiative.