According to the EU Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action (the Governance Regulation), EU Member States were required to submit draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) to the Commission by 31 December 2018. The NECPs set out Member States' targets and objectives over a ten-year period to 2030, and national plans and policies to achieve them across the five dimensions of the Energy Union (decarbonisation, energy efficiency, internal energy market, energy security & research, innovation and competitiveness). The Commission then assesses the draft NECPs and provides Member States with non-binding recommendations which they are required to take into account before submitting their final NECPs before 31 December 2019.
In June 2019, the Commission published its assessment of the UK's draft NECP. The Commission's assessment highlights a number of areas where the UK has provided information and highlighted national targets which are below the Commission's expectations. The Committee has therefore written to the Minister to ask whether the Government's planned responses to the Commission's recommendations will move the UK into the category of Member States whose ambition is in line with, or exceeds, that of the Commission.
Update: on 23 October 2019 Members reviewed the response from the Minister on the National Energy and Climate Plan. The Committee welcomed the clarification that if the UK leaves the EU under the Withdrawal Agreement then the UK’s NECP will be published alongside other Member States. The Committee responded to ask about the Government’s plans regarding publication of the NECP if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement. It also asked for more information about what the Government will do to address the shortcomings identified in their own draft NECP, which was found to be insufficient to meet current targets.
Update: On 15 January 2020, the Committee reviewed the Minister’s reply. Members noted that the Government is working on a revised NECP, and that it will be published during the transition period. Having no further questions, the Committee agreed to release the documents from scrutiny and close the correspondence.
Letters to the Minister
Letter from the Minister