EU taskforce on 2020 targets put in place

2018. 10. 8.
Faced with the third year in a row of growing energy demand across the EU, the Commission has put in place a Member States’ expert taskforce to assess the causes and discuss ways to ensure the 2020 energy efficiency target is achieved. 
Although Eurostat data for 2017 will only become available early next year, estimates of energy balances already show an increase in demand. This indicates a possible reversal of a trend, as energy consumption had been declining since 2005.
The main drivers of the variations of demand are activity and energy savings. The latter has been falling since 2014 while the first has been growing according to the EU’s decomposition analysis tool Odyssee.
The low level of annual energy savings identified in the analysis appears at odds with the energy savings obligation on Member States under the Energy Efficiency Directive. In 2014, the European Commission had already warned about a 2020 target gap but hoped that “If all Member States will work equally hard to implement fully the agreed legislation then the 20% target can be achieved without the need for additional measures”.
The annual Commission’s Progress report on Member States meeting their indicative 2020 targets is scheduled for February 2019, together with the report on the State of the Energy Union.