Member of the European Parliament, Spokesperson for energy policy of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament.
Claude Turmes first got politically engaged with a Luxembourgish NGO, ‘Mouvement Ecologique’. He was then elected vice-president of the Luxembourgish branch of the Belgian NGO ‘Friends of the Earth’ (Les amis de la terre). In 1999, Claude, a physical education teacher, decided to resign as vice-president and become a candidate at the election to the European Parliament for the Luxembourgish Green Party (déi gréng).
His motivation rooted in his wish to act and become a positive influence in the European political landscape, which is where energy and environmental policies are decided. Since he was first elected, Claude, who has been dubbed ‘Superturmes’, a reference to his activism, by the Luxembourgish satirical weekly ‘Den Neie Feierkrop’, has become one of the driving forces in the field of environment and energy politics in Brussels.
At the European Parliament, Claude Turmes is the spokesperson for energy of the Green Group. He is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He is also a member of the Delegations for relations with India and the United States.
Since 1999, Claude Turmes has been the rapporteur on key legislations which enabled to accelerate the energy transition in Europe: the internal electricity market in 2003, the directive on renewable energy sources in 2009 and the energy efficiency directive in 2012. He has also been instrumental in supporting new standards for the energy consumption of buildings (near-zero energy buildings) and establishing financing mechanisms to support green investments such as smart grids (notably the European Fund for Strategic Investment in 2015, also known as the “Juncker Plan”).
In January 2017, he has been designated rapporteur on the governance of the energy union, a central piece of legislation aiming to ensure that all Member States contribute actively and fairly to achieve the 2030 objectives on renewable energy, energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions. The governance of the energy union is also meant to reinforce regional cooperation between Member States.
His engagement in favour of the climate protection led him to take an active part to international negotiations during the COP 21. In November 2016, he was a member of the official delegation of the European Parliament to COP 22 in Marrakech. Because fighting climate change goes together with reducing the disastrous impact of fossil fuel usage on air quality, Claude Turmes is also a member of the enquiry committee of the European Parliament investigating the dieselgate.
Work in Parliament
- Named ‘MEP of the Year’ by the journal „European Voice“ for his work in the field of renewable energy, ecological innovation and lobby control (2008)
- Award by the Utopia Foundation in the category ‘Forerunner’ (2009)
- Winner of the European prize of solar energy (2009)
- Winner of the MEP Award in the category ‘Energy’ awarded by the journal “The Parliament Magazine” (2012)
- Ranked the fifth most influential on European energy policy by Euractiv (2016)
- Ranked second most influential MEP on energy policy by Vote Watch (2016)
Claude Turmes’ curriculum vitae (Link to PDF)