EU 2020

The EU remains a long way from its 2020 energy efficiency target, with an 8% gap to the 20% saving goal still open, the latest Eurostat figures show.

The EU’s primary energy savings reached 11.9% in 2013, according to updated statistics on energy consumption. This still leaves a sizeable gap to the EU’s non-binding 2020 target, which is set relative to a business-as-usual projection.

Savings in terms of final energy consumption reached 12.8% in 2013.

The European Commission has launched the search for the first European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital. The prize aims to promote innovation, which is central to the Europe 2020 strategy for economic growth and competiveness.

DG Energy’s 2013 Sustainable Energy Week was held the 24-28 June in Brussels. Events were held at both the Charlemagne building as well as the Committee of the Regions. On its second day, Paul Hodson from DG Energy covered a session on ‘Towards EU 2020 and beyond’, and made some useful points on the barriers to promoting new attitudes towards financing regional green energy projects. Crucially, Mr. Hodson openly recognised that current EU regulations will need to be improved, and legal challenges overcome. Mr.