During the Summit of 8 and 9 March 2007, the European Council agreed on an Action Plan to develop an energy policy for Europe by 2009, and underlined the leading role of the EU in international climate protection. Significant progress was achieved with the establishment of a binding target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, with a 30 per cent reduction if joined by countries outside the EU, and a 20 per cent reduction if the EU proceeds independently. The objective of reducing energy consumption by 20 per cent by 2020 (according to projections based on current figures) was also established, along with a binding target of 20 per cent of overall EU energy consumption coming from renewable sources. In order to achieve a complete Internal Market for gas and electricity, the Council called for the timely and full implementation of existing legislation.