Good governance is fundamental for delivering the EU's 2030 climate and energy targets and objectives. In particular in relation to renewable energy, robust governance is required in the absence of nationally binding targets. The national targets in the existing 2020 framework have been key to allowing the development of community energy projects across Europe.

A robust system of governance will:

  • Create the stability necessary to unlock investment
  • Foster the political trust and solidarity between Member States necessary for deeper energy co-operation
  • Reinforce the legitimacy of, and thus public support for, EU led European decarbonisation
  • Help the EU to retain its reputation as a global leader in climate mitigation
  • Implement coherently the objectives of the upcoming 2030 package
  • The 2030 framework provides a critical opportunity to strengthen EU climate and energy governance – but we need to get it right

The definition of governance concerns the allocation of power and responsibility for the delivery of agreed outcomes. In the context of EU climate and energy policy, governance refers to the procedural and institutional arrangements put in place at EU and national levels to achieve resilient energy policy and ambitious climate policy. As such, the quality of governance is a critical and systemic issue underpinning Europe's capacity to become a sustainable, low-carbon and climate friendly economy.

When the 2020 package was launched in 2008 the EU was pioneering the governance arrangements necessary for delivering mid-century economic decarbonisation. The lessons of the 2020 package have reinforced the importance of ensuring that EU climate and energy governance conforms with the core principles of 'good' governance.

Professor Sharon Turner of University College London has brought together a paper on the six key principles of good governance. This paper outlines the principles of Governance as accepted by expert academic communities. These are the principles we need for community energy to continue to flourish and for the energy transition to continue at the pace needed to prevent exceeding 2 degrees of warming. Read the paper here.