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 governments propose to dilute EU energy efficiency law

    EU Energy Ministers meeting in Luxembourg today have adopted their position on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) for after 2020. By agreeing to dilute its cornerstone measure: the annual energy savings obligation, they propose to significantly weaken the policy and thus also profoundly undermine the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement.
  • Council risks weakening of EU energy efficiency policy

    On 26 June, EU Energy Ministers are expected to reach an agreement on the revision of the bloc’s main energy saving law for after 2020. Worryingly, they are considering throwing the policy into disarray by significantly watering down its cornerstone measure: the annual energy savings obligation. This would profoundly undermine the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement, which requires boosting energy savings investments.
  • Polish MEP misuses energy efficiency file to promote coal

    The author of the European Parliament’s report on the new Energy Efficiency Directive, Polish MEP Adam Gierek, proposes to dismantle future EU energy efficiency policy and promotes measures that would extend the life of coal power plants.
  • 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.
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