EU 2030 climate and energy framework needs energy savings target

Date: 13 November 2013

PRESS RELEASE by Cogen Europe: Brussels, 13 November 2013

Members of the European Parliament last week expressed overwhelming support for energy efficiency in any forthcoming EU 2030 energy and climate legislative framework.

Following the launch by the European Commission in March 2013 of a public debate on what the 2030 framework should contain, the European Parliament has started to draft its response. COGEN Europe is grateful that MEPs “see an important role for cogeneration in increasing energy efficiency in the future” and looks forward to more steps being taken to formally put energy efficiency policy at the centre of the 2030 framework.

During the joint debate between the European Parliament’s ITRE[1] and ENVI[2] committees on 7 November, a majority of MEPs referred to the necessity to boost the EU’s competitiveness, to ensure affordability and to secure energy supplies. Indeed, the co-rapporteur on the file, Belgian MEP Anne Delvaux (European People’s Party), argued that politicians are underestimating the potential role that energy efficiency can play in helping the EU to meet its climate targets, while UK Liberal Democrat MEP Fiona Hall argued that policies to boost energy efficiency in the EU are cost-effective and can potentially deliver energy savings of up to 40% by 2030. German MEP Peter Liese (EPP) argued that the EU had made a mistake by not making energy efficiency a cornerstone of its previous climate and energy package, and called for a binding target this time around.

The session saw committee members of all political persuasions and from all over Europe express wide support for ensuring that energy efficiency policy features in the EU’s 2030 climate and energy package of legislation.

“Last week’s debate revealed the breadth of support for more action on energy efficiency beyond 2020. Rightly so as energy efficiency measures like CHP create employment at every level of the economy and can be a powerful stimulus for European industry and services. The European Commission and member states must listen to this wake-up call and put energy efficiency at the centre of any 2030 climate and energy package,” said COGEN Europe Managing Director Fiona Riddoch.

The Commission is currently drafting a proposal for the 2030 climate and energy framework, with publication expected at the end of January 2014. The ITRE and ENVI Committees will hold a second joint meeting on 2 December 2013, with votes in Committees and plenary expected in January and February 2014 respectively. EU heads of state and government plan to discuss the Commission proposal at their regular spring summit in March 2014.