Energy Union Governance: MEPs want certainty for energy transition

Coalition for Energy Savings welcomes committee report on Energy Union Governance

Brussels, 7 December 2017 – The Coalition for Energy Savings welcomes the vote from the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment committees on the Energy Union Governance regulation and congratulates the co-rapporteurs, Michèle Rivasi and Claude Turmes, for improving the predictability for energy efficiency markets.

This morning, the European Parliament’s ITRE and ENVI committees adopted their report on the Energy Union Governance Regulation. MEPs voted in favour of an improved enforcement mechanism for energy efficiency targets and a better alignment between these targets and a long-term objective for a highly efficient energy system latest by 2050. It also includes a definition of the energy efficiency first principle and a requirement for Member States to consider energy efficiency potentials when making decisions impacting their energy system.

“With today’s vote MEPs urge the European Commission and Member States to better integrate energy efficiency in their planning, in view of achieving a highly efficient energy system”, said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings, which gathers 30 European business, civil society, cooperatives, consumer, professional, trade union and local government organisations. “Improved target enforcement together with binding national energy efficiency targets in the Energy Efficiency Directive is what is needed to mobilise private investments in Europe for more security, more jobs and more climate protection”.
 

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

 

Notes for editors

• More information and suggestions can be found in the Coalition’s position paper on the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package.

 

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Thursday, 7 December, 2017