EU Deal on Energy Efficiency Directive

THE European Parliament, Commission and Council agreed a deal on the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive last week, but as predicted on these pages recently it has fallen short of its initial targets.

The initial aim was to achieve 20 percent energy savings by 2020, which the blocs leaders agreed three years ago, but it now looks more likely the figure will be around 17 percent at best.

The Green MEP from Luxembourg, Claude Turmes, who was the lead negotiator for the European Parliament, stated after agreement had been made: “This deal will give a boost to Europe's economy and help achieve our energy security and climate goals.

"The new energy efficiency legislation sets out binding measures, which will go a significant way towards bridging the current gap the EU is facing with regards to meeting its pledge to reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2020,” he said.

Turmes added: “Unfortunately, EU governments were not willing to agree to more ambitious measures, which would have fully delivered the 20 percent target.”

Photo of European Union by Motiqua reproduced under CCL.

Tuesday 19th June 2012

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