One united leap for energy and climate 2030?
28 March 2013
Why an energy savings target should be part of the 2030 climate and energy policy framework from the start.
On 27 March the European Commission issued a green paper on a new post 2020 climate and energy policy framework that officially opens the discussions to gain the views of the different stakeholders in the EU. It is intended to set the scene regarding issues that are relevant to the development of this policy framework. CAN Europe is concerned that it does not make a strong case for binding targets for renewable energy and energy savings that have been identified as no-regret options towards a low carbon economy.
The paper implies that any decision about setting an energy savings target needs to take into account the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) in 2014, which will assess the progress of the EU towards reaching its 2020 energy savings target. Separating energy efficiency from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and renewables could mean following an approach that has been proven to be ineffective for ensuring coherence between the different elements of the climate and energy framework. The 20% EU energy savings target for 2020 - adopted separately from the 2020 targets for GHG emissions reductions and renewables - ended up being the only non-binding target, and the only one at risk of not being met.
Achieving Europe's decarbonisation goals requires a significant reduction in energy use, and this needs to be incorporated in to any plan for the transformation of the energy system from the beginning. The 2014 review of the EED is meant to establish whether further measures will be needed to reach the EU 2020 energy savings target, and any discussions on a post 2020 policy framework should be based on the EU commitment to achieve the 20% energy savings target by 2020. The review in 2014 will show whether Member States will need to step up their efforts to achieve the required savings, it cannot dictate what the future target will be. The target for 2030 should be developed in correlation with greenhouse gas emission reduction and renewable energy targets, and the level of ambition should be based on the cost-effective potentials of energy savings.
New study shows EU could make net savings of €250 billion per year with energy efficiency by 2030
27 February 2013
[Brussels, February 27] – A new report out today shows that the European Union could benefit from €200 billion net savings per year providing it gets on track to meeting its stated 20% by 2020 energy savings target .
The report written by Ecofys and commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network Europe also looks to 2030 and finds that net savings in the order of €250 billion per year could be achieved if the EU reduces its energy use by roughly 35% below 2005 levels by 2030.
These findings should serve as a wake-up call. The EU's non-binding 20% by 2020 energy savings target is not on track to being met. And so far there is insufficient support from the European Commission and national governments for a 2030 target for energy savings. This means that despite the advantages, the required energy savings risk not being fully achieved.
Energy ministers endorse Europe's renewable future
04 December 2012
[Brussels, 3 December 2012] - CAN Europe welcomes Energy Ministers' call for a long-term, stable framework for renewable energy in the EU after 2020. At today's Energy Council, ministers recognized that a coherent set of policies that ensures a higher share of renewables would help unlock the full economic, social and environmental benefits these technologies can bring.
"This decision represents a good step on the path that must be traveled toward the EU's goal of cost-effectively decarbonizing its energy sector," said Daniel Fraile, CAN Europe Senior Policy Officer. "We already have agreement on the need for policies that incentivize higher use of renewables. Now we need to define them so that investors keep backing these technologies. Setting a 2030 binding target should be the next task."
The European Commission now has the clear mandate it needs to begin preparing an ambitious proposal for climate and energy policy after 2020, when the EU's current targets will end. CAN Europe is calling for a coherent set of binding 2030 targets for renewable energy, greenhouse gases AND energy savings.
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