Ensuring a fast, fair and attractive energy transition
Energy efficiency and savings bring multiple benefits to the environment and the economy, as well as to businesses and citizens. The European Green Deal recognises that energy efficiency must be prioritised for the EU to become climate neutral, while remaining competitive and ensuring that citizens benefit from the transition.
The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) sets the overall energy efficiency framework, including by establishing an energy efficiency target for 2030 and sectoral provisions that underpin it. The other elements of the efficiency framework, including the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations, are also crucial to cut energy use and contribute to achieving the 2030 EU energy efficiency target.
To match the increase of the 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target, the overall EU climate and energy framework was revised with the “Fit for 55” package, which included a proposal to strengthen the EED as the decarbonisation of the EU economy cannot be achieved without a substantial reduction of energy consumption. The REPowerEU plan also proposed to upgrade the EED to speed up the phase-out of fossil fuel imports from Russia.