New Energy for Climate Policy: The Clean and Efficient Programme (CEP)
The CEP was established with three main objectives: setting and implementing firm targets for reducing GHG emissions, increasing the share or renewable energy and improving energy efficiency. It also established specific targets to:
- reduce GHG emissions by 30% from the 1990 level by 2020 (more ambitious than the corresponding EU target)
- increase the share of renewables in the energy mix to 20% by 2020
- achieve energy efficiency improvements of 20% by 2020
- make a 'big step' in the transition to a more sustainable energy system by 2020.
However, the government that took office in 2010 lowered the targets for the level of GHG emissions and the share of renewable energy to the EU-required level. In its Climate Letter 2050 of 2011, the cabinet set out four core elements for achieving a climate-neutral economy by 2050: CO2-free electricity supply, sustainable use of biomass, energy savings and CCS.