With its ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package, the European Commission proposes to review a wide range of energy legislation, with the aim to put energy efficiency first, achieve global leadership in renewable energies and provide a fair deal for consumers.
- The package notably includes proposals to review the energy efficiency framework legislation, the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), setting a 2030 target, providing a 2050 outlook to burgeoning energy efficiency markets and energy renovations of buildings. The proposals however fall short of considering the full cost-effective energy savings potential, in terms of securing the best deal for all energy consumers, households and businesses.
- The package also includes proposals for an Energy Union Governance Regulation and for setting the new rules for the electricity market. The European Commission has made some progress in incorporating energy efficiency in these proposals, but not sufficiently to redress the historic bias towards prioritising increasing supply over energy saving.
To act convincingly on energy efficiency and bring tangible benefits to citizens, legislators should consider the following elements:
More information can be found in our position paper.