On 10 June 2020, the Federal Cabinet adopted the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), which was presented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The NECP represents a new planning and monitoring instrument at EU level. It serves to inform the European Commission on the EU Member States' contributions to achieving the EU energy targets for 2030 for increasing energy efficiency and expanding renewable energy.
The basis for this new reporting tool is the EU Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action, which came into force on 24 December 2018.
The Federal Government's NECP is based on the objectives and measures set forth in the 2010 Energy Concept, the 2030 Climate Action Programme and the 2050Energy Efficiency Strategy. It contains two objectives of the Federal Government which seek to help achieve the EU energy targets for 2030. These are:
- Increasing energy efficiency by reducing primary energy consumption by 30% by 2030 compared to 2008 levels
- Increasing the share of renewable energy to 30% of gross final energy consumption by 2030
In addition, the NECP reaffirms the national greenhouse gas reduction target of at least minus 55% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels and the Federal Government's commitment made at the UN climate protection summit in autumn 2019 to pursue greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 as a long-term goal.
Each EU Member State is required to draw up its own NECP and submit it to the EU Commission. This is intended to contribute to greater transparency and comparability of national energy and climate policies within the EU.
Pursuant to the Governance Regulation, the plans were to be submitted by the end of 2019 but, in Germany’s case, this was delayed due to the publication of the Federal Government's 2030 Climate Action Programme in autumn 2019 and the subsequent implementation of NECP-relevant measures under the programme.
In the context of the adoption of the NECP, said:
"I am pleased that Chancellor Merkel and my fellow ministers in the Federal Cabinet have today adopted the National Energy and Climate Plan and that we can now forward the document to the European Commission. In this way, we are helping to make energy and climate policy in the EU more transparent and comparable and to achieve the EU energy targets for 2030 together with our European partners."
All relevant information including the National Energy and Climate Plan will be published at the following link: