Energy, Environment & Climate Change

Energy, Environment & Climate Change

The PES stands for a sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally aware Europe. We stand for an ambitious European Green Deal: the EU must be at the forefront of protecting nature and its resources and the fight against pollution and climate change.

We are working with our member parties, ministers, Commissioners and partners in civil society organisations to achieve a socially just green transition, further binding targets on the reduction of carbon emissions, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency through a progressive energy policies.

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  • Fighting energy poverty

    The PES stands for the creation of a social Energy Union. Energy should be affordable for everyone, but today 1 in 10 Europeans cannot afford to properly heat their homes. Energy poverty must come to an end. We are calling for European rules to help consumers bring down their energy bills: targeted efficiency measures on energy-poor households; improved consumer information and strengthening consumer rights; an enhanced ability for consumers to switch providers; and public investment in efficiency measures and the self-generation of household energy.

  • Climate protection

    In countries at all stages of development, including in Europe, the consequences of global warming are first and foremost felt by vulnerable people and communities. The fight against climate change is therefore inextricably connected with our fight against social injustice. We strongly support the Paris Agreement, the international climate pact struck at the COP21 summit in December 2015, which meets our standards for an ambitious, binding, universal and dynamic agreement.  We want the EU to lead by example in climate protection with ambitious progressive energy policies to decarbonise our economies.

  • Energy union

    We support the creation of more unified European energy market for secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. We want the European Union to be a leader in climate protection by fostering the creation of a progressive Energy Union that promotes the rapid and fair transition to a sustainable, decarbonised economy based on renewable sources, energy efficiency and the phasing-out of fossil fuels. In this transition, we will prioritise green job creation and green investment opportunities, ensuring that energy is affordable for all citizens.

  • Circular economy

    The scarcity of natural resources and the environmental and social impact of extraction demand that we rethink our current economic model. Rather than a linear economy based on the process of “take-make-consume-dispose”, we strongly support the transition to a circular economy where products, components and materials are kept at their highest utility and value at all times and waste is considered a resource in its own right. The shift to a circular model also bears great potential for the creation of high-quality green jobs.

  • Just transition

    we strive for a just transition in line with the EU Green deal and the Fit for 55 package so that the EU’s climate, energy, transport, social and taxation policies are tailored to meet the Co2 reduction emission target by at least 55% by 2030. This transition needs to put people and the environment first and ensure that it is sustainable fair and socially just.

    Read the Just Transtion publication


More documents
  • PES Manifesto 2024

    Adopted by the PES Election Congress, 2 March 2024
    Other languages: fr de es it
    View document March 2, 2024
  • A Healthy Planet is a precondition to a healthy society

    PES Presidency Declaration, adopted on the 29 June 2023
    View document June 29, 2023
  • Energy affordability and energy security are EU imperatives

    Adopted by the PES Presidency on 23 March 2023
    View document March 23, 2023