Energy savings targets revisited

Negotiators of the draft Energy Efficiency Directive have been struggling for months to settle on a strategy to achieve the 2020 energy savings target.  The Commission, Council, Parliament and all stakeholders agree that the indicative 20% energy savings target will not be achieved with current policies and programmes.  There have been debates about how to calculate the target:  should it be a 20% reduction from projected consumption?  Should it be a 20% reduction from a base year?  Should it be an energy intensity (energy consumption per unit of GDP) target?

Rod Janssen, editor of EiD, was approached at a workshop last week by someone who suggested that the answer could lie in a re-visit of the study published by the eceee last May.  Speaking to some of the authors recently, they couldn’t agree more.  EiD readers should take a moment to visit and download the “targets” page from the eceee.  There is a good discussion and the eceee ends with solid advice:

Having weighed the advantages and shortcomings, eceee still calls for a mandatory approach to target setting.  But there is a need for a calm and reasoned debate to ensure that all Europe understands the need for them, feels comfortable with using them and fully understands why improving energy efficiency is so important that all efforts to create and maintain that priority are taken.

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