29/01/2019 - 2030 national energy efficiency contributions short of EU target

New analysis: Member States need to step up their contributions

Brussels, 29 January 2019 – A new assessment of draft national energy and climate plans by the Coalition for Energy Savings shows that Member States’ contributions are inadequate to secure the achievement of the EU 2030 energy efficiency target.

By the end of 2019, Member States are required to finalise the integrated national energy and climate plans. They had to submit draft plans to the European Commission by the end of 2018.

The Coalition’s analysis of the draft plans shows that information on national energy efficiency targets is piecemeal. Nevertheless, first findings suggest that the initial contributions need to be increased by Member States in their final plans as to ensure that the achievement of the EU 2030 energy efficiency target is within reach.

15 national contributions representing 51.3% of EU28 final energy consumption were assessed. Together these 15 Member States’ contributions would only reach 28.7% energy efficiency by 2030, a number to be compared to the 32.5% EU target.

“Despite public demand for projects with immediate environmental, economic and social benefits, Member States have pledged low on energy efficiency, sending the wrong signal to stakeholders” said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings. “Member States have less than one year to show their hand on energy efficiency and create a positive outlook for EU citizens and businesses”.  

The Coalition for Energy Savings, which gathers businesses, professionals, local authorities, cooperatives and civil society organisations, calls on Member States to engage with stakeholders to put in place the relevant targets, policies and measures. Fast tracking energy efficiency in national energy and climate plans will allow the EU to reach its cost-effective energy savings potential and lay the ground for a net-zero greenhouse gas emission economy.

Media contact:

Marion Santini | +32 2 235 20 13 | marion.santini[at]energycoalition.eu | @EUenergysavings


Notes for editors:

• The analysis can be downloaded on our website.

• The EU target of 32.5% is expressed as a comparison to PRIMES 2007 projections, and corresponds to a final energy consumption of 956 Mtoe in 2030. Correspondingly, we calculated that the 15 contributions should remain below 956 Mtoe multiplied with their share in the EU’s total 2030 final energy consumption according to PRIMES 2016.

• The Coalition for Energy Savings published its first set of high-level recommendations on implementing the EU’s new Energy Efficiency Directive last year.

Tuesday, 29 January, 2019