Energy efficiency: a message from concerned Friends

Investing in improving Europe’s energy performance brings many more benefits than focusing on adding more supply onto the market – and there is no cheaper energy for citizens than the energy not consumed. Saving energy will boost local jobs, competitiveness and help the climate.

With this in mind, it looks obvious that the European Commission should aim for high ambition in setting an energy efficiency target in the upcoming Energy Union legislative package.

Commission encouraged to put energy efficiency first

Germany presents energy efficiency proposals in Brussels.

Brussels, 7 October 2016 – This afternoon, the German Ministry for Economy and Energy will present its proposals on how Germany and the European Union can enact the “energy efficiency first” principle, opening up a dialogue with EU institutions, other Member States and stakeholders on how to achieve a cost-effective energy transition with increased energy efficiency ambition.

Energy efficiency package: Delivery is overdue

European Commission’s delay in presenting the energy efficiency package sends the wrong signal for the delivery of an Energy Union which works for citizens.

Brussels, 30 September 2016 – Despite a strong backing from industry, environmental, consumer and local authorities, the European Commission appears hesitant to launch its energy efficiency package, although it is understood that its main elements are ready.

2016 must remain the year of delivery for a better Energy Union

Statement by the Coalition for Energy Savings in the wake of the Brexit referendum

Brussels, 5 July 2016, The Coalition for Energy Savings strives to unite and build bridges between private, public, national and local interests, and promote common projects that deliver tangible benefits for people, business and their environment. The transition toward an efficient, safe and sustainable energy system at the centre of the EU’s Energy Union is such a common project and one in which Europe is showing considerable leadership.

Parliament raises the stakes for higher ambition on Energy Efficiency Directive review

23 June 2016, Brussels – Today, in its report on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2015/2232(INI)), the European Parliament reiterated its call for a 40% energy efficiency target for 2030, in a move which will tap the much needed economic benefits of the energy transition and facilitate climate action in line with the Paris agreement.

Public funding for energy efficiency picking up

Structural reforms needed to close the EU’s investment gap

8 June 2016, Brussels – New research by Ecofys reports that the total public funding for energy efficiency in the EU grew from about €6 billion in 2012 - when the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) was approved, to about €7.1 billion in 2014. This trend, which can also be observed in Central and Eastern Europe, is encouraging, but a lot still needs to be done to break down barriers to energy efficiency investments.