Energy efficiency: Time for an Energy Union closer to citizens

More than ever, EU projects are scrutinised for their contribution to the Union’s general interest and to bringing direct and tangible benefits to citizens.

Brussels, 18 November 2016, Today, an impressive movement of companies, environmental NGOs, consumer associations, and local authorities is calling for ambitious energy efficiency policies.

Energy efficiency policies deliver – Public policy has been key in driving energy efficiency improvements. The EU and its Member States have a strong track record on energy efficiency policies they can build on.

Each additional 1% energy savings matters – It could take 7 million people out of energy poverty, it secures 500,000 local jobs, it avoids 37 million tons of CO2e, and cuts EU gas imports by 2.6%.

Give the green light to the 2030 EE target

- A 27% target clashes with today’s energy efficiency progress. It would mean slowing down current levels of energy efficiency improvements.

- 30% would merely ensure continuing business as usual, missing a huge opportunity to unleash the tremendous potential of energy efficiency products and services.

- A 40% binding target is needed to secure the cost-effective potential in Europe across sectors and to maximise benefits for economy, consumers and environment.

 

The Coalition for Energy Savings (AISBL) strives to make energy efficiency and savings the first consideration of energy policies and the driving force towards a secure, sustainable and competitive European Union. Its membership unites businesses, professionals, local authorities, trade unions, consumer and civil society organisations in pursuit of this goal. Coalition members represent:
- more than 500 associations and 200 companies
- 15 million supporters and more than 2 million employees
- 2,500 cities and towns in 30 countries in Europe
 

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Tuesday, 22 November, 2016