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30 July 2014

Ineffective 2030 energy efficiency goal

energy efficiencyLast Wednesday the European Commission Vice-President Oettinger presented the Energy Efficiency Communication, which analyses the EU’s progress towards its 2020 energy efficiency target and puts forward an energy efficiency framework for the following years up to 2030. The Communication proposes a 30% energy savings target to be included in the 2030 climate and energy framework but leaves the question of whether the target should be binding open.

“This target, however, is far less than Europe deserves both in environmental and economic terms. Scientific findings have already shown the benefits of Europe’s 40% cost-effective potentials, proposing anything less than that is irresponsible”- says Veronika Kiss, Senior Programme Coordinator of CEEweb.

The Commission Communication on the energy efficiency review has blatantly ignored the accompanying impact assessment. An earlier leaked version of the impact assessment had shown that benefits increase with additional ambition in energy efficiency. The Commission had estimated that every additional 1% in energy savings will reduce gas imports by 2.3%.

Achieving the EU’s cost-effective savings potential of 40% by 2030 would therefore reduce gas imports by some 40% and save the EU €552bn on energy imports in the period 2011-2030, free to be invested in the economy at home. Additional benefits would include increased economic growth and the creation of jobs. A 30% target falls desperately short of tapping this large potential.

EU leaders will now have to make the right choice for Europe’s energy future and agree on a binding 40% target at the October summit.

Check out what tool CEEweb is proposing in order to reach easily even the 40% reduction target:
http://www.ceeweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Energy_quota_system_for_Europe.pdf

More information
• European Commission press release
• Letter sent by the Coalition to Commissioners ahead of their meeting
• Coalition for Energy Savings position paper