EU decides on non-binding 2030 energy efficiency target

James Marshall
June 22, 2018

"Establishing a progressive energy efficient policy in the European Union a crucial step for a sustainable economic model, based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and with consideration to our UN Climate Change commitments".

Michele Rivasi (Greens/EFA, FR), co-rapporteur for Environment and Public Health committee on Energy Union governance, said: "Strong governance rules are needed to respect the Paris agreement".

The system also aims to build trust and consensus between member states on energy and climate matters.

Cañete said the updated ambitions collectively marked "major deliveries" in the bloc's transition to green energy, adding that the Clean Energy package "will translate into the right investments to modernise the European Union economy and energy systems".

Applauding yesterday's agreements on the Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Union Governance Regulation, European Heat Pump Association secretary general Thomas Nowak said: "The agreements reached on energy files in the last hours have set the foundation for a new EU energy framework (32.5% EE/ 32% RES in 2030) to be reviewed in 2023".

Talks have dragged on for months to reach a compromise between the European Parliament and EU member states on the new energy efficiency and renewable energy targets after 2021 as well as the rules governing implementation.

The increased emissions reduction target looks set to be finalised after the European Commission Ministerial returns from summer recess, as the support of the European Council is required to make the adjustment formal.

European Commission Vice President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, called the new agreement the "cornerstone" of implementing the Energy Union.

"This is the best deal we could achieve on article 7, by which European Union member states will be required to prolong their energy efficiency schemes". We also welcome the establishment of a mechanism capable of guaranteeing a fair contribution by the Member States to the energy transition. "And it will help us deliver on promises in the field of energy, climate and beyond. The Energy Union is on track...going from strength to strength".

Heating and cooling were among the sectors identified for special attention in new energy efficiency and renewable regulations agreed by the EU. Getting rid of its outdated 80-95% emissions reduction target, and replacing it with a commitment to net zero emissions, is critical for meeting the Paris Agreement goals. "The wording agreed this morning is a clear call on the European Commission to come up with pathways to net zero for 2050 and even well before in its mid-century roadmap, due by March 2019", Imke Lübbeke, head of Climate and Energy at WWF European Policy Office said on June 20.

One of the new targets to have facilitated the proposed emissions reduction adjustment came in the form of the Clean Energy package, which sees all European Union member states commit to a new energy efficiency target of 32.5% by 2030. "The weak rules on enforcing the targets lack teeth".

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