18 November 2015 – The European renewable energy industry welcomes the first State of the Energy Union which reiterates the Commission’s commitment to a decarbonised energy system and sets milestones for the future governance of the Energy Union. Renewable energy (for electricity, heating & cooling and transport) is a transversal element of the Energy Union. In particular, the role of renewables in energy security and energy efficiency is critical to reaching a sustainable, competitive and secure energy system in Europe. The COP21 conference is a stark reminder that the European Union needs to step up its ambition on renewables. Whereas an increasing number of developing countries are accelerating their efforts to combat climate change by setting long-term renewable energy objectives, only four EU Member States have so far come forward with concrete renewable energy targets beyond 2020. A robust and reliable governance system is necessary to fill in the current regulatory vacuum and to ensure that the EU has a strong home market able to deliver the economic and job creation benefits of renewable energies to European citizens.