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European Energy Review

Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the European Commission’s report “The Strategic European Energy Review”; and if he will make a statement. (115803)

The UK welcomes the publication of the Strategic Energy Review, which delivers on the mandate first given to the Commission at Hampton Court under the UK presidency of the European Council; the publication of the climate change communication; and the final report of the sector inquiry. The publication of these documents together serves to underline that climate change and energy policy are mutually reinforcing as well as setting out concrete steps towards a coherent common energy policy for the EU so that all EU citizens can benefit from environmentally sustainable, secure and affordable energy.

We particularly welcome the Commission placing climate change at the heart of energy policy, and the emphasis on putting the EU on track to a low carbon energy future. Tackling climate change is the greatest challenge we face and requires an international response, but it is achievable and affordable with the right policies in place, as Sir Nicholas Stern’s report recently outlined.

The UK believes that the Commission has got the overall thrust of the proposals right and that the SER can be welcomed by Heads of State and Government at the spring European Council meeting.