EC President not satisfied with progress on energy efficiency

EC President not satisfied with progress on energy efficiency

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso expressed his disappointment at the region’s lack of progress on energy efficiency. “While on the renewables we are making a lot of progress and it is now realistic to think that we are going to fulfill our 20% target by 2020, this is not the case for our target

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso expressed his disappointment at the region’s lack of progress on energy efficiency.

“While on the renewables we are making a lot of progress
and it is now realistic to think that we are going to fulfill our 20% target by
2020, this is not the case for our target on energy efficiency,” he said. “Let
me tell you very frankly that I am unhappy with the progress made on energy
efficiency.”

 

European nations are committed to producing 20% of the
region’s total energy demand from renewables by 2020 and cutting emissions by a
similar amount, but a 20% improvement in energy efficiency has not been set as
a binding target.

 


While stopping short of calling for such a target to be
adopted, Barroso urged the European Council to agree on “concrete measures” to
reach the 20% target by 2020. Just before Christmas, the European Parliament
passed a motion calling for the 20% energy efficiency target to be made binding.

 

Such a move could reduce the region’s emissions by around
780 million tonnes and save €100 billion in fuel costs, according to estimates.
But progress to date has been slow and if current trends persist, savings of
only around 11% are more likely, say reports.


To meet the 20% target, new efficiency standards for electrical goods and
appliances like TVs and fridges could be implemented, as well as lighting,
along with performance standards for buildings and limiting emissions from
vehicles.

 

Meanwhile, the Commission
has also indicated that significant funds for energy efficiency grants are
still going unclaimed.

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