Wednesday 18 April Brussels, Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-Europe) and a group of 14 other NGOs and associations  are calling on ministers from European Member States to stop gutting the Energy Efficiency Directive. The joint statement comes ahead of an Informal Meeting of Energy Ministers in Horsens, Denmark tomorrow.
NGOs and business groups are demanding that ministers, meeting on Thursday 19 April, stop weakening the draft Energy Efficiency Directive that is currently under negotiation. Member States’ current collective position on this legislative proposal would guarantee that Europe would not achieve its 20% by 2020 energy savings target.
“Member States thus far seem intent on creating a directive that efficiently achieves next to no action on energy savings,They all say they support efficiency but if you add up their actual positions, the result could be a Directive that is even weaker than existing legislation,” said Erica Hope, Senior Policy Officer at CAN Europe.
“It’s time Ministers wake up to the tremendous benefits that energy savings would bring to their economies and citizens,” concluded Erica Hope, Senior Policy Officer at CAN Europe.
 Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-E), CDM Watch, CECED (European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers), ClientEarth, The Climate Group, Concerned Citizens Against Climate Change, Energy Cities, Eurima (European Insulation Manufacturers Association), ECEEE (European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy), European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), Europan Lamp Companies Federation (ELCFED), Friends of the Earth Europe, PU Europe (Polyurethane insulation manufacturers association), WWF
 The full text of the letter can be downloaded here