25 September 2019 - Commission pushes forward with Energy Efficiency First and closing 2030 energy savings target gap

European Commission publishes three recommendations to help Member States put the clean energy transition into practice

25 September 2019 - The European Commission calls on Member States to apply the Energy Efficiency First principle and publishes its recommendations for Member States on how to implement the Energy Efficiency Directive and to comply with the 0.8% annual energy savings obligation. The obligation is delivering more than half of the EU's 32.5% headline target for energy efficiency. Draft national contributions to this target fall short of six percentage points.

"We welcome the Commission's decision to put its political weight behind the Energy Efficiency First principle" says Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings. "National energy and climate planning is still focused on energy supply while often putting energy efficiency investments on the back burner. The result is not sustainable: high energy bills, increased import dependency and delayed climate action. The Commission is now providing clarity on how to comply with the national energy savings obligation. We expect Member States to put in place new policies and upgrade existing ones to deliver real savings on the ground - paper savings must belong to the past."

By the end of this year and as part of the final National Energy and Climate Plans, Member States must notify the Commission of their energy savings obligation for the 2021-2030 period, and the associated measures to meet this obligation.

The Coalition for Energy Savings has published its recommendations earlier this year (see link below).



Wednesday, 25 September, 2019