Energy Efficiency Communication 2014
Following its proposal of a 40% greenhouse gas reductions and a 27%+ renewable energy target for its 2030 Framework on Climate and Energy in January, the European Commission last month published its Energy Efficiency Communication, a strategy that introduces a new 30% energy efficiency target for 2030. It also assesses whether the European Union is likely to reach its 2020 target of 20% and analyses how energy efficiency can drive competitiveness and strengthen security of supply in the European Union in the future.
While the EU executive predicted “new opportunities for European businesses, affordable energy bills for consumers, increased energy security through a significant reduction of natural gas imports and a positive impact on the environment” as a result of the proposed 30% target, the European Environmental Bureau (EBB) condemned the communication. Europe's largest coalition of grassroots environmental organisations called the proposal inadequate and irresponsible and noted that a binding 40% savings target would be the best solution for Europe, also in view of the findings of the review’s accompanying impact assessment. The 30% target would only become binding if all Member States agreed upon it in a meeting scheduled for October.