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.