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Energy Efficiency Watch 3: more effort needed for 2020 targets in energy efficiency policies

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Key research highlights considerable progress in energy efficiency policies but more effort is needed to achieve the 2020 target


While the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament is set to vote on the latest implementation report on the Energy Efficiency Directive on the 24th of May, exhaustive research, published in the framework of the Energy-Efficiency Watch 3 project, highlights that the Energy Efficiency Directive triggered good developments in some countries and in some fields of energy efficiency policy, such as energy efficiency obligations and building renovation. However, in overall terms, policy progress is still much too slow or even nearly absent in several Member States.

In its press release, the Energy Efficiency Watch 3 project explains how it delivers practical evidence on where the implementation of energy efficiency policies stands, what is working well, what less - and why this is the case. It shows that policy makers are progressively recognising energy efficiency as a suitable means to address the triple challenge of economic recovery, energy dependency and climate change. However, policies are only regarded as supportive in this respect if effective and stable. Therefore, public acceptance depends on the quality and effectiveness of energy efficiency policies.

The report presents the following policy conclusions:

    Develop positive European and national narratives on energy efficiency
    Foster innovative business models
    Introduce binding and specific targets together with effective financial instruments


To download the report, please visit the EEW website.



Please see the relevant BUILD UP publication here.