2030 energy targets

The European Commission needs to put a value on all the benefits of energy savings if it is to fulfill its pledge of putting energy efficiency on an equal policy footing with generation, a coalition of industry and NGOs have argued. Implementing the ‘energy efficiency first’ principle enshrined in the energy union strategy requires the EU to end its bias towards prioritizing increasing energy supply over savings in its energy decision-making, the Coalition for Energy Savings argue

During EUSEW 2014, a Committee of the Regions (CoR) conference on local and regional perspectives on the EU’s energy policy will discuss possibilities for better framework conditions for local and regional sustainable energy investment. The CoR rapporteurs, Mrs. Sirpa Hertell (FI/EPP), Mr. Christian Illedits (AT/PES) and Mr. Gusty Graas (LU/ALDE), will also present best practices from their constituencies illustrating the need for more EU and national support in order to achieve and exceed the 2020 targets.

MEPs in a vote last Wednesday backed a legally binding package of climate and energy targets for 2030. The resolution calls for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by 40%, increasing renewable energy by at least 30% and improving energy efficiency by 40% and was adopted by 341 to 263 votes. The package put forward by MEPs differs from the Commission’s recently proposed energy and climate framework for 2030.

ENEP attended a stakeholders consultation meeting on the 2030 framework for climate and energy with the EU’s Committee of the Regions (CoR). The CoR is in the process of drafting an Opinion on the 2030 framework. Rapporteur Hertell (Finland/EPP) has asked for experts in the field to provide case studies of successful policies at the local and regional levels that have improved energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.