Energy Savings

Energy Savings


Reducing energy consumption is the most immediate and cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce import dependency and therefore enhance security of energy supply. The implementation of energy efficiency measures can also boost industrial competitiveness, create millions of jobs, reduce energy poverty and increase the level of comfort in buildings.

Energy savings and renewable energy are the only viable solutions for decarbonising Europe’s energy system. 

In 2007, the European Union set a 20% energy savings target for 2020 and in 2014, the European Council agreed on an at least 27% energy savings target for 2030, with a view of increasing it to 30% by 2020. Both targets are non-binding and therefore do not provide a sufficiently strong political signal. Furthermore, the 2030 target is much too weak and is nowhere near the cost effective potential energy savings offer. An energy savings target 40% would be needed to help the EU to tap into the large remaining energy savings potential. Such a target would deliver the full range of energy savings benefits to Europe’s economies and citizens.

A series of policies and measures in the form of directives and regulations related to energy efficiency are already in place. Their aim is to improve energy efficiency and to reduce energy demand in different sectors such as buildings, appliances and electrical equipment, vehicles and the energy supply sector. Unfortunately, many barriers exist that hinder the successful implementation of strong energy savings policies. The barriers include lack of upfront finance, lack of consumer awareness and information on why and how to save energy, and split incentives between building owners and tenants. 

CAN Europe focuses on underlining the primary role energy savings play for the climate and energy political agenda for 2020 and beyond. We seek to ensure a robust energy efficiency policy framework with ambitious targets and the development and implementation of policies and measures that can deliver the necessary savings.


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Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

The Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EC) was adopted and entered into force in 2012. In addition to EU 2020 energy savings target of 20%, it includes EU-wide provisions related to energy efficiency measures. Read more

2030 Energy Savings Target

In July 2014,  the Commission put forward a proposal for an indicative 30% energy savings target for 2030. Read more

2020 Energy Savings Target

The European Union has set a target to reduce energy consumption by 20% compared to the EU energy consumption projections in 2020. Read more



Theodora Petroula
Energy Savings Policy Coordinator
+32 2894 4671

Latest Publications on Energy Savings

  • EU’s risky energy efficiency debate

    Since EU governments started negotiating their position on the revision of the bloc’s energy efficiency laws, proposals have been going from bad to worse. Member states have to step their game up, warns Dora Petroula.
  • European Parliament’s report calls for radical improvement of climate and energy policies

    A draft report on the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation released today calls upon the EU to embrace the zero-carbon transition and scale up climate action to be more consistent with the Paris Agreement.
  • Briefing on energy efficiency and Emissions Trading Scheme

    As the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union enter the phase of intense negotiations on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, it is important to underscore that a higher energy efficiency target will help the EU in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and thus also in implementing its commitments under the Paris Agreement. Therefore, increasing the energy efficiency target should be welcomed as an opportunity to revise the EU's inadequate climate target and further strengthen the relevant tools, such as the Emissions Trading System (ETS).
  • Briefing: Five things you should know about Energy Union Governance

      The governance regulation brings together climate and energy policies, climate change mitigation and adaptation and aims at managing the low-carbon transition as a whole. This short briefing presents you five things you need to know about the regulation. Spoiler: the text still needs to be strengthened for it to become the transition framework it has the potential to be.
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