4 March 2020 - Climate neutrality by 2050: a clear signal to step up energy efficiency efforts

Brussels, 4 March 2020 – The Coalition for Energy Savings welcomes the proposal by the European Commission to legally enshrine climate-neutrality as the EU’s 2050 target for climate protection, but is disappointed that the main planning and investment principle for the energy system, Energy Efficiency First, is missing.

The new European Climate Law presented as the first ever proposal for a legally binding climate-neutrality target on a continental scale is published today. Achieving climate-neutrality requires more than halving of today’s energy demand. The Coalition for Energy Savings had suggested to the Commission to apply the Energy Efficiency Principle in the Climate Law. It is the top line principle of the EU’s Clean Energy Package and Energy Union Governance Regulation.

“Today's proposal has missed the opportunity to use the Energy Efficiency First principle to increase the effectiveness of climate mainstreaming”, says Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings. “Achieving climate neutrality requires more than halving of today’s energy demand. But so far, most Member States are putting their energy efficiency policies on the back burner. As a result, energy demand does not decrease and the EU’s 2030 targets would be missed.”

The Coalition for Energy Savings expects the Commission to step up action on Energy Efficiency. The revision of the 2030 energy policy framework as announced by the European Green Deal is key in order to achieve a fast, fair and attractive energy transition. Ignoring Energy Efficiency measures when aiming at climate neutrality would come with high economic and social costs.

Wednesday, 4 March, 2020