Conclusions adopted by EU Energy Ministers on the Energy Efficiency Plan indicate that they still don’t really ‘get it’ about energy savings.
On Friday 10 June EU Energy Ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss the Commission’s Energy Efficiency Plan, adopted in March of this year. Unfortunately their conclusions issue little in the way of a wholehearted invitation to the Commission to put forward a strong legislative proposal for translating the Plan into reality. Instead they largely repeat and provide non-committal commentary on what is in the Plan itself.
The European Commission is expected to adopt a proposal for a new Energy Efficiency Directive (to replace the Energy Services and Combined Heat and Power Directives) on 22 June. The Energy Council’s timid conclusions are an indicator that Member States still do not fully appreciate the great potential that energy efficiency and savings have to alleviate the problems presented by rocketing oil prices and nuclear shutdown.
Considerable work will be needed over the coming months to ensure that the most is made of the opportunity that this long-awaited legislation presents to close the gap to Europe’s 20% energy saving objective.