Andreas Feicht, State Secretary in charge of energy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, will be attending today’s informal video conference of EU Energy Ministers under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting, which was planned to be held in Portugal, will be taking place as an online event.

The 'Fit for 55' EU legislative package is to be published in June. Its aim is to adapt the European climate and energy framework to the objectives of the Green Deal. Prior to its adoption, the Energy Ministers will be exchanging views on two relevant aspects of the package.

The focus will be on the 'renovation wave', an EU initiative to increase the rate of energy retrofits in buildings in the EU Member States. Energy system integration is another important aspect. Specifically, it is about the role of distributed energy generation and self-supply, e.g. in the form of power generation via roof-mounted PV installations, for energy system integration in the EU.

In the run-up to the meeting, State Secretary Feicht said:
"On today’s Earth Day, on which the heads of state and government of the major industrial countries will also be coming together to talk about the progress being made on global climate action, we need to send out a clear signal of our determination:

We are making our contribution in the energy sector and getting people on board. Consumers are key to a successful energy transition – in Germany and throughout the EU. Therefore it is important to promote measures which set smart incentives for climate-friendly behaviour in a socially acceptable manner. One example is fuel emissions trading, which rewards the saving of high-emission energy and at the same time uses the revenues to lower electricity prices for all.

We introduced this combination in Germany this year as an instrument which contributes to achieving our energy and climate targets and at the same time helps consumers by means of subsidies and lower charges."