Ineffective 2030 energy efficiency goal: Commission drops the ball

Brussels, 23 July 2014 – Today, the European Commission Vice-President Oettinger presented the Energy Efficiency Communication, which analyses the EU's progress towards its 2020 energy efficiency target and puts forward an energy efficiency framework for the following years up to 2030. The Communication proposes a 30% energy savings target to be included in the 2030 climate and energy framework but leaves the question of whether the target should be binding open.

The European Union should invest in energy efficiency now

CEE Bankwatch joins the Coalition for Energy Savings and calls for a 40% energy savings target for 2030

Brussels, 7 July 2014 – As the Commission is facing internal struggles on the EU’s future energy efficiency ambitions, CEE Bankwatch decided to join the Coalition for Energy Savings and turn up the heat in pushing for a binding and ambitious energy savings target for 2030.

Is the Commission giving up on saving energy?

A meaningless target would ignore the energy security crisis

Brussels, 19 June 2014 – The Coalition for Energy Savings understands that President Barroso and Commissioner Oettinger are leaning toward a non-binding and weak energy savings target to be included in the 2030 climate and energy package. The suggested level, 27%, means that there will be no additional effort from Member States on capturing the huge, cost-effective potential locked up in energy efficiency in the period up to 2030, condemning the economy to an extended period of morosity.

Plans to reach annual 1.5% energy savings fall short of credibility

Coalition identifies weaknesses in national implementation of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive

Brussels, 23 April 2014 – An analysis of the Member States’ plans for achieving 1.5% annual end-use energy savings highlights that most countries not only show low ambition but also fail to demonstrate credibly how the mandatory energy savings target will be reached, exposing them to infringement procedures and possible fines.

Energy efficiency is the first step to reduce dependence: European Council asks Commission to re-do its homework

Brussels, 21 March 2014 – Following their first debate on the 2030 climate and energy framework and in the light of recent events in Ukraine, EU leaders stressed the central role energy efficiency must play in reducing energy dependence and increasing the bargaining power with the external world. They called for more work on energy efficiency to be developed, including a plan to reduce EU energy dependence by June 2014 and an energy efficiency framework by October 2014.

EU leaders: No more excuses to waste energy

Saving energy could reduce gas consumption by an amount at least equivalent to imports from Russia

Brussels, 19 March 2014 – In a letter to Heads of State and Government, the Coalition for Energy Savings urged leaders to make energy efficiency a priority in the 2030 climate and energy package to ensure Europe’s long-term energy security. The letter was sent ahead of tomorrow’s summit which will be dominated by concerns about the EU’s competitiveness and by events in Ukraine.

EU Parliament stands firm on 40% energy efficiency target for 2030

Clear request to European Commission: Parliament’s resolution calls for a binding energy efficiency target

STRASBOURG / BRUSSELS, 5 February 2014 – Today, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for an ambitious and binding 40% energy efficiency target together with binding greenhouse gas and renewable energy targets for the EU’s 2030 climate and energy policy framework, as long advocated for by the Coalition for Energy Savings.