EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger in an interview given to the Spiegel Online, calls for a binding target for energy efficiency post 2020 in light of the EU’s high energy import dependency and expressed his optimism that “we can make it”. Full interview in German.
An alliance representing more than a thousand European cities wrote to Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, yesterday (17 February) calling for binding 2030 targets of 40% for energy efficiency, and 30% for renewable energy, in line with a European Parliament proposal. Read the full article.
The European Parliament sent a “strong message” yesterday (5 February) in favour of an ambitious EU energy and climate policy for 2030, backing legally-binding goals for CO2 emissions, renewables and energy efficiency.Read the full article
Unlocking the energy saving potential of the continent’s ageing building stock will be “absolutely central” to a key review of EU policy this summer, the EU’s top energy efficiency official has said. Read the full article here
Fears of a relocation of Europe's clean energy industry abroad - low carbon leakage - have been fanned with news of a factory closure by a German insulation company that has a billion-dollar annual turnover.
In a letter to the EU Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, seen by EurActiv, Tony Robson, the CEO of Knauf Insulation blamed a slackening of Europe’s commitment to energy efficiency goals for his firm’s decision. Read the full article
The European Parliament yesterday (9 January) voted for three binding energy and climate targets in 2030, audaciously backing a 40% energy savings improvement, but EurActiv understands that a meeting of nine EU commissioners this morning is set to endorse a far weaker text. Read the full article
Better insulation could shave 4% off European industry’s total fuel consumption and emissions bill, a sum worth €3.5 billion a year, says an unpublished report by the Ecofys consultancy. Read the full article
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Global energy saving investments - and their effects on energy demand - are now equal to the net contribution of other fuel sources, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on 16 October, as it launched its inaugural Energy Efficiency Market Report. Read the full article
Only four EU countries are on course to meet their energy efficiency target for 2020, while the Union is broadly on track to meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, the European Environment Agency says in a new report. Read the full article
The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, will today (9 October) call for a strategy to provide long-term emissions-cutting and money-saving deep renovations to Europe’s ageing building stock, saying that it could create two million jobs. Read the full article
ADEME launched yesterday the results of a new study, carried out for the World Energy Council about "Energy Efficiency in the World". See the press release
The European Commission traded fire with energy savings campaigners yesterday (28 May) over the EU's chances of meeting its goal of cutting power use 20% by 2020, as both sides read different runes from energy projections submitted by member states last month. [...] Intelligence gathered by the Coalition for Energy Savings suggests that, even with financial constraints, member states were taking their energy savings directive “quite seriously,” according to Jan te Bos, the director-general of Eurima, the European insulation manufacturers association. “But not in sense that this is an opportunity.” Their engagement was driven by a fear of binding targets and “a false perception that this was a cost for public budgets,” he said. [...] Read the full article
The European Commission has drawn up battle lines for the debate on 2030 climate and energy targets with a Green Paper that sidelines energy efficiency and signposts possible shifts to sectoral goals, regulatory measures and increased use of carbon market funds. Click here to read the full article
Without further guidance, EU countries may mismanage their energy efficiency commitments and risk missing their energy savings' target, says a report by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe. Click here to read the full article