Energy Savings

Energy Savings

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

Reducing energy consumption is the most immediate way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time energy savings reduce import dependency and enhance energy security. Energy efficiency measures can also boost industrial competitiveness, create millions of jobs, reduce energy bills, help relieve energy poverty and improve air quality.

An overall EU energy efficiency target for 2020 and a series of EU energy efficiency policies and measures are already in place. They cover different sectors such as buildings, appliances, vehicles and the energy supply sector. In 2016, the European Commission presented its “Clean Energy Package for all Europeans.” It includes a legislative proposal to review the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), including its energy efficiency target for 2030, and adjusts key efficiency measures to the 2030 timeline.

Overall, the European Commission’s proposal falls far short of what is needed to strengthen the EED to deliver deeper emissions cuts, and help turn the EU’s Paris Agreement commitments into reality.  

Negotiations: the state of play

The European Commission’s review proposes a binding 30% energy efficiency target for 2030. Although this is a step in the right direction we need a target of at least 40% to match the Paris Agreement and to take full advantage of the benefits of energy savings. The Commission also proposed to extend the requirement for Member States to save 1.5% energy each year beyond 2020. However it included loopholes which mean Member States can get away with only 0.75% energy savings a year.

The Parliament and the Council are currently reviewing the Commission’s proposal through the ordinary legislative procedure. The Council has already adopted its position: their proposals would significantly weaken the annual energy savings obligation and profoundly undermine the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement. The Council also agreed to a 30% energy efficiency target for 2030 but refrained from specifying whether it should be indicative or binding.

The Environment Committee has recently adopted their formal opinion on the file and called for higher ambition for the future energy efficiency law.  The Committee voted for an EU binding 40% energy efficiency target for 2030, national binding targets and a stronger energy savings obligation.

After an initial damaging report from the Industry, Research and Energy Committee’s rapporteur the Parliament is still debating its position. Once the position of the European Parliament is finalised, the Directive will enter trilogue between the Commission, the Council and the Parliament.

CAN Europe calls for…

We work to ensure a robust energy efficiency policy framework underpinned by ambitious binding targets and policies that will help mobilise the investments needed for the transition to a fully renewable and efficient energy system.

Our key demands for the 2030 energy efficiency policy framework include:

  • The introduction of a binding 40% energy savings target for 2030, accompanied by binding national targets

  • The continuation of the energy savings obligation (Article 7 of the EED) beyond 2020 and the strengthening of this important tool by removing the loopholes which weaken ambition 

Learn more

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CAN Europe position on the Energy Efficiency Directive Review

The European Commission put out its Energy Efficiency Directive review in November 2016, which requires a lot of improvements to get in line with the Paris Agreement Read more

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2030 Energy Savings Target

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

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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

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EU's risky Energy Efficiency Debate

This article sets out economic and social benefits of the Energy Savings Obligation and robust energy efficiency targets in the context of EU Government negotiations. Read more

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Coalition of Energy Savings

CAN Europe is one of the driving forces behind the Coalition of Energy Savings, a business-NGO coalition that helped create the momentum for the more ambitious binding 30%energy savings included in the 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package Read more

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Energy Efficiency and ETS

Increasing the energy efficiency target should be welcomed as an opportunity to revise the inadequate and further strengthen relevant tools, such as the Emissions Trading System. Read more

Contact

DORA

Theodora Petroula
Energy Savings Policy Coordinator
dora/at/caneurope.org
+32 2894 4671

Latest Publications on Energy Savings

  • Climate Change Performance Index 2018: High commitment to Paris - insufficient action at home

    Global energy transition taking up speed - but no country is doing enough Countries have to strengthen targets and implementation Sweden, Lithuania, Morocco and Norway leading the table - USA in free fall After a decade of rapid growth, we see a strong decrease in the growth rates of global CO2 emissions over the past years, sending signals for a decarbonisation of the global energy system. The Climate Change Performance Index 2018 (CCPI) confirms these developments in Greenhouse-Gas-emissions (GHG), renewable energies and energy use for some countries but also still clearly shows a current general lack of ambitious targets and sufficient implementation for a Paris-compatible pathway. Jan Burck, co-author of the CCPI at Germanwatch, comments: "We see a strong commitment to the global climate targets of the Paris Agreement in international climate diplomacy. The countries now have to deliver specific measures breaking down their commitments to a sectoral level." "We continue to see very positive developments regarding renewables and energy efficiency", Stephan Singer from the Climate Action Network (CAN) and co-publisher of the CCPI, adds. "The data show encouraging growth in renewable energy, ever cheaper prices for solar and wind energy, and successes in saving energy in many countries. This was responsible for stabilising global energy CO2 emissions in the last three years. But progress is achieved much too slow for a fully renewable energy based world economy in a few decades, because growing oil and gas consumption is higher than the welcomed reduction in coal use”. Key results of the CCPI 2018 Since no country is on a Paris-compatible path yet, the top three of the CCPI 2018 are still unoccupied. “The gap in mid- and long-term ambition of the evaluated countries is still too high. In terms of GHG emissions, we see better 2030 targets in countries like Sweden, Norway, or India; comparably good targets for renewable energy, we see in for example Italy, Norway, Sweden or New Zealand. No country has a particularly outstanding energy efficiency target. Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United States generally have to drastically raise their 2030 ambition", Prof. Niklas Höhne from the NewClimate Institute, co-author of the CCPI, explains. With comparably positive developments in renewables and per capita emissions, Sweden ranks 4th in this year's CCPI - following the empty top three. A relatively low emissions level and a very high trend in renewable energy are reasons for Lithuania's 5th rank. Profiting from a good policy evaluation and relatively high 2030 targets, Morocco lands on position six, followed by Norway. India ranks 14th with still low levels of per capita emissions and energy use.  China however, with its high emissions and a growing energy use over the past five years, still ranks 41st. But better placements in the years ahead can be expected, as national experts have highlighted that the country has implemented policies to phase out coal capacity as well as promoting renewables and and electric mobility. Germany (rank 22), the co-host country for Fiji's COP 23 Presidency, lands in the midfield of the CCPI 2018. The country has put a lot of effort into international climate diplomacy and globally committing to climate action. “Germany's mid- and long-term targets are relatively strong but the last government failed on delivering concreate measures to effectively reduce emissions domestically. Germany shows a relatively good development of renewable energy in the electricity sector but the country is not at all on track to meet its 2020 target. It is absolutely crucial that the currently ongoing coalition negotiations come to an agreement on a coal phase out and getting a transition in the transport sector started”, Burck says. Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, comments on the performance of the EU, which was evaluated in the CCPI 2018 for the first time: "The report reveals that the EU vows commitment to the Paris Agreement, but avoids real climate action at home. The EU needs to translate words into action and commit to deeper emission cuts than currently foreseen. Current discussions on the new clean energy policies and the EU budget offer excellent opportunities to increase ambition of the bloc’s climate action." Having declared its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and dismantled major climate legislation of the previous government, the USA (rank 56) finds itself in the bottom five of the ranking. Besides, a very low policy evaluation, the country’s emissions level and energy use are considerably too high to be in line with a well-below 2°C pathway. The bottom three of the index is formed by Korea (rank 58), Iran (rank 59) and Saudi Arabia (rank 60), all of which are showing hardly any progress or ambition in reducing its emissions and energy use. About the Climate Change Performance Index 2018, developed by Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute: The Climate Change Performance Index by Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute is a ranking of the 56 countries and the EU, together responsible for about 90% of global GHG emissions. The methodology was improved in for the 2018 edition. The four categories examined are: emissions (40%), renewable energy (20%), energy use (20%) and climate policy (20%). The latter is based on expert assessments by NGOs and think tanks from the respective countries. One of the major achievements is that the CCPI now also evaluates to what extent the respective countries are taking adequate action within the categories emissions, renewables and energy use to being on track towards the global Paris-goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C. For more information, the ranking and detailed information about country performances, please see: www.climate-change-performance-index.org  
  • Letter to Ambassadors on Governance ahead of COREPER meeting on 27 October

    This letter was sent ahead of the COREPER meeting on the 27th of October 2017 Dear Ambassador, During the meeting of COREPER on 27 October you will have the opportunity to provide political guidance on several elements of the Governance regulation, mainly on defining a framework to ensure the delivery of the renewable energy target (Articles 4, 5, 25, 27). The Governance regulation is a key building block of a successful Energy Union, and the nest for many requirements set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Briefing Assessment: Second compromise text of the proposed Governance of the Energy Union

    If the Governance legislation is done right, the framework can significantly contribute to implementing the EU's fair share to achieve the long term objectives of the Paris Agreement. It can also help unlocking investor confidence and reduce transition costs while reducing the risks of stranded assets across the European economy.
  • Letter to Energy Ministers on ambitious Energy Union Governance

    This letter was sent ahead of the High-level Conference on Energy 'Europe’s Future Electricity Market' Dear Minister, Next week you will travel to Tallinn, Estonia to discuss amongst several other issues, the proposedRegulation for Energy Union Governance. The proposed centralisation of climate and energy policy planning and reporting obligations is anopportunity to achieve better policy integration and track progress of implementation. This in turncan support increased climate ambition and a faster energy transition, if the legislation is done right.
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