On 22 July 2020, Polish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Elżbieta Kruk of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission:
“Given that one of the main priorities of the Commission, including its President, Ursula von der Leyen, is the European Green Deal, ensuring climate neutrality by 2052 and moving economies over to the use of energy sources that do not emit greenhouse gases, I would like to ask the following:
1. From what sources, in percentage terms, does the energy used in the Commission’s buildings come?
2. Are there plans to bring these buildings into line with the trends suggested by the Commission in the future?”
On 2 February 2021, Budget and Administration Commissioner Johannes Hahn responded on behalf of the European Commission stating: “Through its energy contract, the Commission is purchasing 100% renewable energy with guarantees of origin, from the following sources: 85% hydro, 11% wind, 4% solar. According to the Belgian power distribution system, the electricity supplied to the Commission buildings in Brussels is based on the energy mix in Belgium. The Commission took note of the new Belgian government’s commitment to close nuclear stations by 2025. Regarding the energy for heating, it is currently natural gas; the Commission will explore how to use heating from renewable sources in the next call for tender.
In the European Green Deal Communication, the Commission also expressed its keenness to reduce its environmental impact as an institution and as an employer. It will present a comprehensive action plan to become climate neutral by 2030.”
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