EU citizens want a mandatory energy saving target

EU citizens want a mandatory energy saving target

EU citizens want measures to cut energy bills, integrate energy networks EU-wide, and make the 20 percent energy savings by 2020 target binding, says a survey commissioned by the European Parliament. The survey, done in February, included near 27,000 face-to-face interviews in all 27 Member States. Replying to questions on the 20 percent reduction in energy

EU citizens want measures to cut energy bills, integrate energy networks EU-wide, and make the 20 percent energy savings by 2020 target binding, says a survey commissioned by the European Parliament.

The survey, done in February, included near 27,000 face-to-face interviews in all 27 Member States.

Replying to questions on the 20 percent reduction in energy use target, 80 percent of respondents agreed that it should be made mandatory. Of these respondents, 33 percent replied “yes, certainly” and 48 percent “yes, probably”.

There are currently 27 national energy networks in the EU. Majority of citizens believe that integrating them within a European energy network would help reduce energy costs.

Last November the European Parliament called for a European Energy Community to be set up to enable the EU to speak with a single, stronger voice internationally and strengthen cooperation in interconnecting energy networks.
Three-quarters of the respondents definitely favored such a community.

Waiting for subsidies, tax reductions Citizens are very keen to cut their household energy consumption, but less eager to invest in house insulation or eco-friendly cars when these measures are not subsidized.

Two-fifths of respondents expected tax reductions to encourage them to save energy, and more than one-third favor competition among energy suppliers.

They also said they would like to receive simpler clearer energy bills, and that this would help them to monitor their consumption.

Nearly half of the respondents wanted to be able to measure their daily energy consumption using smart meters. Italy and Sweden, where smart metering systems are already in use, are first on the list of countries.

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