The European Commission has backed a 30% energy efficiency target for the 2030 Framework.
This target has been called ¨achievable¨and ¨ambitious¨ by the Commission. It also says that it is ¨the right balance between benefits and costs¨.
The COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS: A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030 will be presented in October to the national governments in Council. While member states are expected to go for the suggested target, another key question is whether that target should be binding or not.
Which also brings up the question of the influence of the member states on the 2020 energy savings target of 20%. This is predicted to be off mark - 18-19% instead of the targeted 20%.
According to the EU executive, the outcome for 2020 lies in the hands of member states: “If the member states were prepared to implement fully the legally binding measures, then we would achieve the 20% figure,” said Oettinger.
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Questions and answers on the Energy Efficiency Communication:
European Commission proposes a higher and achievable energy savings target for 2030:
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