Energy Efficiency: Council increasing gap to Europe's 20% target

The 3 April Council text would close only one third of the gap to 20% energy saving target

2 April 2012 - The latest Danish Presidency proposal on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) would close only one third of the gap to Europe's 20% energy saving target for 2020, according to the Coalition for Energy Savings. In fact, certain key provisions risk being even weaker than existing legislation which is due to be repealed by the new Directive.

This text was agreed on 3 April by Ambassadors to serve as the initial negotiating mandate to begin talks with the European Parliament on 11 April. The proposal rejects MEPs’ request for binding national targets and weakens nearly all binding measures beyond previous texts. In particular:
-    Public building renovation requirements would be meaningless and long-term targets for cutting the energy wastage of the EU building stock are rejected;
-    National end use saving targets in the context of energy efficiency obligations are weakened to the extent that they would represent no improvement or even a weakening of what is already done under the Energy Services Directive, that is to be repealed by the EED; and
-    Requirements on public procurement and the proper development of energy efficiency in energy supply through combined generation of heat and power.

"The Council discussion shows a lack of responsibility in light of the energy challenges Europe is facing. Exploding energy costs, high unemployment and a slow economic recovery call for urgent investment in energy efficiency within Europe rather than spending money on energy imports", says Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition.
"The Energy Efficiency Directive is a chance to address all of these problems, but Member States need to focus less on finding ways to wriggle out of taking action and more on how to agree on effective legislation."

Press release

Gapometer assessment of the Council text

Monday, 2 April, 2012