The ups and downs of EU energy efficiency policy

If you’re reading this then you’ve got your bottle and scanned the code. Congratulations!

But you’ve got to admit it’s not yet time to pop the cork and have a celebratory drink of Normandy cider.

The Council has rejected a binding overall 20% target (which Commission analysis shows would have been the best option). It has watered down all the main measures in the Energy Efficiency Directive (read more). This guarantees the EU’s 20% by 2020 energy savings target will not be met.

Why so much reluctance to sign up to an ambitious deal?

According to the Commission, making the Directive strong enough to meet the 20% target could cut energy costs by over €200 billion per year. This would help fix national budget deficits and put the EU on the path to economic recovery. Businesses would become more competitive by producing more efficient goods with less energy. There would be up to 2 million new jobs by 2020. Carbon emissions would fall, reducing the costs of dealing with climate change.

It’s easy to see saving energy is a solution that adds up. But it’s just as clear that the Council’s position on the Energy Efficiency Directive is nothing to celebrate…

Friends of the Europe Europe

Climate Action Network Europe

European Environmental Bureau

Greenpeace EU unit

WWF European Policy Office




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