European leaders are meeting today to discuss the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ initiative – launched last year by the European Commission.

The European Energy Council meeting will see energy ministers focus on agreeing a general consensus on the plans, in a bid to quickly move to negotiations with the European Parliament. Through the plan the Commission is striving for the European Union (EU) to lead the clean energy transition and it has committed to slash CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030.

When the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ programme was unveiled in 2016, the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete said “Europe is on the brink of a clean energy revolution”.

Miguel will join Council members today to talk about accelerating those ambitions, with a number of issues on the agenda, notably the revised Energy Efficiency Directive and a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

And members have started the day by adopting the new regulation on energy efficiency labelling for products‘ – a system that will inform consumers how much energy is used by different appliances.

Following the meeting, a live press conference will be broadcast online later today (17.00 CET).