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EU leaders must recognise energy efficiency as key for growth

The informal European Heads of State or Government Summit on 23rd May in Brussels will discuss a strategy for growth

At a time when leaders are urgently looking for a way out of the current economic crisis, President Van Rompuy highlights the added value of the Energy Efficiency Directive, currently under pressure from national governments. A strong Energy Efficiency Directive has the potential to act as a springboard for sustainable growth in Europe.

Informal Energy Council - Supportive voices on EED

Increasing support for more energy saving ambition on the EED among Energy Ministers

25 April 2012 - In Horsens, Denmark, several Member States spoke in favour of improving the current Council proposals. Despite that, that the provisional Council position on the EED remains very weak, as underlined also by Commissioner Oettinger that presented to the Ministers a non-paper gapometering that the current Council position would deliver only 58 Mtoe of savings, nearly three times less than the Commission’s proposal, as all aspects of the text would be severely weakened.

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 In fact, certain key provisions risk being even weaker than existing legislation which is due to be repealed by the new Directive.

European Parliament challenges Council on energy savings

Binding measures and binding targets

28 February 2012 - The Coalition for Energy Savings welcomes the Parliament’s wake-up call to Member States. A cross-party majority in the Parliament’s Energy Committee today voted for binding energy savings targets and measures in the Energy Efficiency Directive, which would bring the EU back on track to achieving its 20% energy savings target.

Parliament committee vote on the Energy Efficiency Directive

Binding measures and targets needed to secure growth and jobs

27 February 2012 - The Energy Committee vote on the draft Energy Efficiency Directive is an opportunity for the European Parliament to put on the table a European growth and employment pact and lay the foundations of a new economic model for the EU.

The Coalition for Energy Savings therefore welcomes the cross-party support for the package of compromise amendments.

Europe must not backtrack on energy efficiency

Energy Ministers must honour commitments on energy efficiency

The Energy Efficiency Directive, currently under discussion within European Parliament and Council, might well fall short of what is required to achieve the 20% energy savings target by 2020. Worse still, it is at risk of backtracking on the existing Energy Services Directive and Cogeneration Directive that it will replace.

Despite the apparent consensus on the need to boost existing energy efficiency policy and deliver on the 20% energy savings target, Member States have been watering down the Commission proposal for a new Energy Efficiency Directive by reducing the ambition of the proposed energy efficiency measures, introducing exemptions and allowing for the accounting of early action. The latest draft under discussion in the Council would backtrack on existing policy in terms of required annual energy savings.

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