The European Union and the United States share a common approach on the need to promote open, transparent, competitive and sustainable global energy markets, and have been cooperating in the energy sector for many years.
The EU and the US are similarly affected by the supply and price vulnerability resulting from a level of dependence on foreign oil. To counter such volatility, we are both looking toward renewable energy sources and green technologies, and the anticipated job creation that will result from increased investment in these areas.
In 2009, the European Union and the United States established the ministerial-level EU-US Energy Council to deepen our dialogue on strategic energy issues, cooperate on energy policies, and strengthen research collaboration on sustainable and clean energy technologies.
Climate change and environmental legislation are also important areas of EU-US cooperation. The United States is an important and long-standing partner of the EU on many global and regional environmental and sustainable development issues and in many international environmental forums and agreements. Frequent working- and expert-level contact occurs between the European Commission and U.S. counterparts, particularly, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a wide range of environmental issues.