The executive’s Winter Package of new energy rules is part of its push to meet the EU’s international climate commitments in the Paris Agreement. World leaders agreed to cap global warming at no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels.
“We will help Europe turn the Paris agreement into concrete action,” Climate Commissioner Miguel Cañete said.
But environmental groups criticised the 28-nation EU for doing too little to end subsidies for carbon-spewing coal power plants and said the plans did not go far enough.
The Commission plan to raise binding energy efficiency targets by 30% by 2030 under the sweeping package of measures.