Parliament lead committee reaffirms support for ambitious energy efficiency policies

2017. 11. 28.
Strong signal for an attractive and European Energy Union
The Coalition for Energy Savings welcomes the vote from the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy committee in favour of a continuation and reinforcement of the Energy Efficiency Directive after 2020, but regrets that attempts were made to completely stop these policies after 2020.
This morning, the European Parliament’s ITRE committee adopted its report on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive. MEPs approved a binding 40% target for 2030, a level which corresponds to the sector by sector cost-effective potential as presented in the Commission’s impact assessment. The report maintains the annual energy savings requirement outlined in the Directive’s Article 7 at 1.5% per year and the flexibility for Member States to deploy the tools of their choice, but addresses the loopholes which have so far hampered the full achievement of this annual target.
MEPs were provided with two sets of compromise amendments to choose from, as the EPP, ECR and ENF groups had co-signed alternative amendments which would have made the energy efficiency target indicative and Article 7, which delivers half of the required savings, an empty shell.
The file will now move to the plenary of the European Parliament, before the start of negotiations with Council under the Bulgarian presidency. The Coalition for Energy Savings, which gathers 30 European business, civil society, cooperatives, consumer, professional, trade union and local government organisations, urges MEPs to accelerate the delivery of energy efficiency policies after 2020.