It is essential that the EU’s energy policy for the next 40 years must be aligned with the efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C, as agreed in the 2015 Paris climate deal.
Reducing energy use is the backbone of any effective climate strategy. According to figures published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy efficiency measures are projected to account for two-thirds of greenhouse gas reductions by 2020. Reducing energy use has several other advantages on top of climate protection, including tackling energy poverty, cutting energy costs for consumers and reducing dependency on imported fuel.
Making a reduction in energy use a policy priority is a driver for technological innovation, it creates long-term, local jobs and improves people’s quality of life, for example in renovated buildings that offer inhabitants warmer and less polluted homes.
Ramping up the use of renewable energies such as solar and wind in the EU energy mix is also key to slashing greenhouse gas emissions. Many countries in Europe have made great strides in this area in recent years.
However, the EEB continues to urge EU policymakers to be as ambitious as possible in this area to keep Europe at the forefront of the clean energy revolution. With the EU’s position currently under discussion, the EEB is pushing for a binding target of 40% energy savings by 2030.
EU energy savings target for 2030
Savings in fossil fuel import bills for 2021-2030