Reaction by the Coalition to the EC recommendations for the final NECPs
The European Commission assessment of draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) finds a shortfall of up to 6% percentage points to the EU’s 32.5% energy efficiency target by 2030. All but three countries are asked to up their ambition and all countries need to underpin their targets with robust policies. The Coalition for Energy Savings welcomes the assessment and believes that the recommendations are essential to close the gap and to use EU funding.
Brussels, 18 June 2019 – The European Commission finds a sever ambition gap in the draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). It releases its country specific recommendations for the final NECPs due by end of 2019 and invites the Council to discuss how to close the gap. Identifying the investment needs and potential sources of finance is one of the good practices that the Commission puts forward in its analysis of the draft NECPs.
The Commission estimates an investment gap of an additional annual EUR 260bn overall, half for housing alone. The Commission expects the NECPs to provide the necessary clarity and predictability to stimulate private investment and also to facilitate Member States' programming of funding from the next multi-annual financial framework 2021-2027 (MFF). Only last week, the Commission had called on the European Council to set out a roadmap to achieving an agreement on the EU's long-term budget in autumn and to avoid any possible delay.
“We welcome the robust assessment and clear recommendations. While each country has to do its homework, the Council should take up its responsibility to deliver the EU headline target. Linking the MFF debate to the requirement to identify sources how to close the investment gap is a very good thing,” says Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings.
The Energy Union Governance Regulation requires Members States to take due account of the Commission’s recommendation and to involve the public in the preparations of the final plans by end of the year. In case the 2030 energy efficiency target gap is not closed, the Commission is mandated to prepare additional EU wide measures.
- Link to EC recommendations
- Link to Energy efficiency target assessment of draft NECPs by Coalition