Coalition press release: ITRE committee green-lights higher energy efficiency ambition
Brussels, 13 July 2022
The Industry, Research & Energy (ITRE) committee of the European Parliament adopted today its report on the recast of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), improving many provisions of the Commission’s proposal.
A cross-party majority of ITRE Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) green-lighted today a compromise text on the recast of the EED; major political groups (EPP, S&D, Renew Europe, and Greens) agreed to reinforce the key EU energy efficiency law, the EED, to accelerate the delivery of energy savings in Europe.
The ITRE report positively increases the level of the 2030 EU energy efficiency target, confirms that both the EU final energy and primary energy targets are binding, and strengthens the reliability of national contributions by making them binding. Together with the energy efficiency target ambition and governance, the adopted report reinforces many of the EED measures and provisions, such as the energy efficiency first principle, the renovation of public buildings, the energy savings obligation, and the energy management systems and energy audits. These suggested improvements are laudable, but MEPs could have gone the extra mile of supporting a higher 2030 energy efficiency target to ensure that Russian fossil fuel imports are phased out even more rapidly with cost-effective energy savings measures.
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