Parliament gives broad support to acceleration of energy efficiency policies post 2020
Strasbourg, 17 January 2018 - The Coalition for Energy Savings welcomes the vote from the European Parliament in favour of reinforcing the Energy Efficiency Directive and the efforts by Rapporteur MEP Miroslav Poche for accelerating the delivery of Energy Union benefits to citizens and businesses after 2020.
The European Parliament adopted its report on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive. MEPs approved a binding 35% target for 2030 with a wide support. A 35% target does leave parts of the cost-effective potential, which stand at 40%, untapped but represents a ramp-up compared to the Commission's and Council’s proposal for a 30% target. For every 1% extra energy savings by 2030, EU gas imports fall by 4%, greenhouse gas emissions decrease by 0.7% and employment increases by 336,000 jobs.
The report also accelerates the delivery of the annual energy savings requirement in the Directive's Article 7 by fully including energy use in transport after 2020. This increases ambition by 50% and is instrumental in creating market opportunities and jobs in the flourishing energy efficiency business sector.
"The European Parliament gathered around a common objective: securing more benefits to citizens and companies with increasing energy efficiency", said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings. "The Parliament’s Rapporteur MEP Miroslav Poche has a strong mandate to convince Member States which have been hesitant on increasing ambition for energy efficiency".
Seven Member States, including France and Germany, have already expressed their intention to work with the European Parliament to increase ambition.
Marion Santini | +32 2 235 20 13 | marion.santini[at]energycoalition.eu | @EUenergysavings
Notes for editors
• More information about our position can be found in the Coalition's position paper on the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package.