02/04/2019 - State of Energy Union: energy efficiency in hearts, but not in minds

Coalition releases new analysis of national plans

Brussels, 2 April 2019 – As the European Commission will release its State of the Energy Union tomorrow, a new analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings shows that more is needed to put the EU on track to reach its 2030 energy efficiency target and tap the associated economic, social and environmental benefits.

Last year, the EU has equipped itself with an energy efficiency target for 2030 of 32.5%. Member States are required to set their contributions to the EU target in their national energy and climate plans (NECPs), final version of which is expected by the end of 2019.

The Coalition has looked into the draft NECPs and translated the national targets in terms of additional effort made compared to business-as-usual scenarios. These scenarios and their underlying assumptions were also assessed, although the information was not always complete or clear.

“The current contributions together are not sufficient to reach the 32.5% energy efficiency target. If left unchecked this is a major liability for the energy transition”, said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings. “In some cases, national energy efficiency targets appear too weak to be a meaningful commitment for domestic energy efficiency investments and markets. We urgently need to know what governments are planning to accelerate building renovation, to stop energy wastage and to deploy a clean and efficient mobility”.

The Coalition calls on the European Commission to ensure that the gap to the 2030 target is closed and to assess the validity of Member States’ justifications for increasing energy consumption.

 

Media contact:

Marion Santini | +32 2 235 20 13 | marion.santini[at]energycoalition.eu | @EUenergysavings

Notes for editors:

• The analysis can be downloaded here. The Coalition for Energy Savings also published high-level recommendations on implementing the EU’s new Energy Efficiency Directive, as well as specific recommendations on Article 7 of the EED, the annual energy savings obligation.

• The Commission’s website on national energy and climate plans can be accessed here.

• The EU 2030 target of at least 32.5% is expressed as a reduction of energy consumption compared to the EU reference scenario made in 2007 (PRIMES 2007). It allows a comparison to the 2020 20% target which was also set against PRIMES 2007. It is more relevant to assess national contributions against PRIMES 2016, the latest EU energy projection, which has been elaborated with national experts from all EU countries. This was done in the publication.

Tuesday, 2 April, 2019