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Energy efficiency – Mind the 2030 gap

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In 2018, the European Union set itself the target to achieve a 32.5% energy efficiency improvement by 2030. Member States have to set indicative contributions and notify policies and measures to reach the mandatory 0.8% annual energy savings in their National Energy and Climate Plans.


This document presents a first assessment of national contributions and annual energy savings notifications.


The analysis shows a considerable gap towards the 2030 energy efficiency target, not to mention the cost-effective potential. The available contributions would only secure a 28.2% energy efficiency improvement (29.8% for final energy) by the deadline.


Following its assessment of the draft NECPs in June 2019, the European Commission recommended to all but three Member States (ES, IT, LU) to increase their contributions. Moreover, the assessment of the notification of measures to achieve the mandatory 0.8% annual energy savings (Article 7, Energy Efficiency Directive) suggests the rate of compliance is very low.