The ups and downs of EU energy efficiency policy

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Perhaps some of you remember the embarrassing (for some) story about how the EU’s 20% renewable energy target came into being? After the renewables directive was agreed, governments belatedly realised they had signed up to meeting a 20% share of energy rather than a 20% share of electricity… It was a much more ambitious target,… » read more

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This week the EU Parliament will vote on the Energy Efficiency Directive, with the Council due to follow in October. Both votes are expected to be a formality – no-one wants another row over the text. But before savings from the Directive can actually begin in 2014, the Commission and member states must work out… » read more

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Two days before negotiations on the Energy Efficiency Directive were concluded in the night of 13/14 June, Martin Lidegaard, the Danish Climate and Energy minister, told us how baffled he was by the Council position. Why did Member States support the benefits of meeting the EU’s 20% by 2020 energy savings target, but insist on… » read more

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Click here to read the full report by ECOFYS Report commissioned by Climate Action Network Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe More about the study: Standard studies on the financial benefits of energy savings simply look at the money that businesses and consumers no longer need to spend on energy. According to ECOFYS, if… » read more

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On 8 April climate change minister Greg Barker told the Financial Times “We are working patiently and quietly behind the scenes with EU partners to convince them of the strong economic as well as environmental reasons why we should go for 30 per cent [greenhouse gas emission cuts] rather than 20 per cent”. Barker hopes… » read more

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Member States are rightly shunned by their peers for getting creative with budget deficit figures. So why is there so much support from national governments to apply the same methods to the EU’s draft Energy Efficiency Directive? Leaked documents from European Council meetings show that at least 12 out of 27 Member States are seeking… » read more

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