Parliament approves binding EU energy savings law

The European Parliament approves the deal on the Energy Efficiency Directive

12 September 2012 - The European Parliament approved today by a very large majority the deal on the Energy Efficiency Directive struck in June 2012 between the Parliament, Member States and the Commission.

Adoption clears the way for the Directive to enter into force by the end of October and will kick-off the race to reach Europe’s 20% energy savings target.

Saving energy: bringing down energy prices

For every €1 of energy cost saving, an additional €1 could be saved due to lower energy prices

7 June 2012 - A new report by Ecofys and released by CAN-Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe underlines the indirect economic benefits of energy savings, in terms of reduced energy prices. The evidence examined on the report indicates that real cost savings resulting from meeting the 20% savings target are likely to be considerabley higher than figures commonly cited.

Energy Efficiency Directive - Europe's way out of the crisis

The Council's proposals on the EED would only close half of the gap

7 June 2012 - The Council's proposals on the EED would result in closing only half of the gap to the EU 20% savings target for 2020.

Failing to close this gap would mean missing out on saving €200 billion net on energy bills, creating undreds of thousands of local, stable jobs and reducing Europe's ever increasing energy import expenditure.
On 28 February the EP adopted a position that would result in enough energy savings to close the gap.

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.