BRUSSELS, 25 February 2014 – Representatives from the Coalition for Energy Savings met today with President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy to emphasise the benefits of an ambitious 2030 energy savings target.
Monica Frassoni (EU-ASE), Jan te Bos (EURIMA and Chairman of the Coalition), President Van Rompuy, Frances Bean (Coalition’s Secretariat), Wendel Trio (CAN Europe). Copyright: European Union.
The EU could cost-effectively reduce its energy consumption by over 40% by 2030, according to research by Fraunhofer ISI. This would improve competitiveness, cut energy imports, save money, create local jobs, and lead to substantial and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions, thereby allowing the EU to act convincingly on short-term economic concerns and long-term climate challenges. Despite those benefits, energy efficiency improvements are projected to slow down after 2020 unless new and ambitious EU and Member State policies, measures and targets for 2030 are put in place.
This is the challenge Heads of States or Governments must address when they examine the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework during the next European Council meeting on 20-21 March. The Coalition believes that the European Council must underline in its conclusions the need for a long-term and ambitious vision for energy efficiency. This will empower the Commission to propose binding energy savings targets for 2030 based on the demonstrated cost-effective potentials. The Commission is currently assessing progress of the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive and will suggest next steps later this year.
The Coalition for Energy Savings brings together business, professionals, local authorities, trade unions and civil society associations. The Coalition’s purpose is to make the case for a European energy policy that places a much greater, more meaningful emphasis on energy efficiency and savings. Coalition members represent more than 400 associations, 150 companies, 15 million supporters, more than 2 million employees, 1,000 cities and towns in 30 countries in Europe.
Marion Santini | +32 2 235 20 13 | press[at]energycoalition.eu | Twitter: @ EUenergysavings
Notes for editors
- Coalition for Energy Savings position paper: http://energycoalition.eu/binding-40-target-2030
- Fraunhofer ISI report: Analysis of a European Reference Target System for 2030 http://energycoalition.eu/sites/default/files/Fraunhofer%20ISI_Reference...