Don’t cap renewables and efficiency

Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations

Brussels, 16 June, 2015 - The  European  Council’s  guidance  from  last  year  for  2030  targets  for  renewable energy and energy efficiency falls far short of the EU’s potentials.

Without  tapping  those  potentials,  the  EU  will  miss  out  on  major  benefits  for  the economy,  employment,  energy  security  and  climate  action.  Ending  the  historic  bias towards fossil fuels requires higher ambition on energy efficiency and renewables. Renewables are  already  the  fastest  growing  power  source  around  the  world.  The renewables industry had already created 1.2 million direct and indirect jobs by 2012 and could represent as many as 3.4 million jobs in 2030 in the EU [1]. Like European Commissioner President Jean-Claude Juncker, we want Europe to become the world number one in renewable energies.

Meanwhile,  tapping  the  EU's  cost-effective  potential  for  energy  efficiency,  which stands at 40% by 2030,would cut gas imports by 40%, increase GDP by 4.45% [2] and  –  coupled  with  more  renewables  –  allow  Europe  to  deliver  well  beyond  50% greenhouse gas emissions cuts in 2030 [3].   

Europe can’t afford to miss out on these benefits.

That  is  why  upcoming  EU  legislation  must  be  used  to  meet  the  full  potentials  of renewables  and  efficiency.  Policymakers  must  recognise  that  the  energy  efficiency first  principle  and  renewable  energy  are  complementary  to  each  other  and  will reduce  energy  costs  for  consumers  and  businesses.  Both  are  needed  to  ensure  a secure  and  sustainable  energy  future  in  line  with  the  EU’s  long-term  climate commitments.

We mustn’t cap potential.

[1] Ragwitz et al (2009). EmployRES: The impact of renewable energy policy on economic growth and employment in the EU, FraunhoferISl, Munich.
[2] European Commission, Energy Efficiency Communication – impact assessment, 2014
[3] Ecofys, The EU Parliament’s 2030 resolution could achieve emissions reductions of up to 54%, 2014

List of supporters

The Coalition for Energy Savings:
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.

Renewable Energy Associations:
European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC)
European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA)
European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF)  
European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)
Ocean Energy Europe

Climate and Environment NGOs:
Climate Action Network Europe and its members and partners, including:
-European Environmental Bureau
-Friends of the Earth Europe
-Greenpeace EU unit
-WWF European Policy Office
European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS)
Food & Water Europe


Tuesday, 16 June, 2015