Environment, Energy Security and the Single Market

Published on Friday, 20 February 2015

Electricity is becoming increasingly important in Europe, in particular regarding the objectives that EU Member States and the union a whole have identified as priorities for the entire energy sector and the basis for the definition of a solid European energy policy.

The EU's energy and environmentobjectives are being translated into policies and projects aimed at reducing emissions, developing renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency. Europe has set itself the ambitious target of creating a low-carbon economy by 2050, and while it has gone a long way to achieving those aims, a great deal still remains to be done.

Energy security in the EU is intertwined with environmental issues. Currently Europe imports more than 50 percent of its primary energy, and given that total energy independence seems unachievable, a common EU-wide strategy is needed in order to attain best generation mix balance (developing in particular green energy), diversifying supply routes and developing an efficient use of energy that benefits both the consumer and the environment.

The single energy market is a key tool in creating energy security. Common regulations between Member States would enable them to fully exploit the diversity that characterises the continent's energy production, making it available to a wider area that goes beyond national or regional boundaries. 

Enel is Europe's second largest electricity operator by installed capacity, and its leadership in the sector has seen the Group earn the role of encouraging market integration, making green energy more competitive in the long-term and implementing energy efficient technologies in all its activities. Enel's experience shows that the instruments needed to achieve the sustainability targets set by the EU are already available, so the decision to make that change can be supported by already existing skills and solutions that only need to be fully exploited in order to bring about long-term benefits.