Ineffective 2030 energy efficiency goal: Commission drops the ball

Brussels, 23 July 2014 – Today, 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.

"The outgoing Commission failed to produce a relevant vision for a 2030 energy-efficient Europe, despite the mandate provided by the European Council and the Parliament, and the support shown by the incoming Commission’s President Juncker,” said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General for the Coalition for Energy Savings. “The weak 30% figure cannot drive policies and investments further and disregards the higher benefits of attaining Europe’s 40% cost-effective potentials. The Commission dropped the ball, it is now up to Member States, the European Parliament and the new Commission to pick it up.”


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

Download pdf of the press release.


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.

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Wednesday, 23 July, 2014