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Energy efficiency has multiple benefits
Reducing energy waste through appropriate energy efficiency measures is the most direct way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Climate Action Network Europe. Moreover, energy efficiency offers multiple benefits that go beyond greenhouse gas emission reductions, such as lower dependency on energy imports, job creation and improved health. The impact assessment accompanying the EU Commission’s proposal to revise the Energy Efficiency Directive shows that higher levels of ambition deliver significantly greater benefits.
Thanks to the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), member states have to save energy that corresponds to 1.5 percent of energy sold to consumers every year. On the ground, this can translate into support for home insulation, double-glazing installation, or more efficient appliances and heating systems. Strong action on energy efficiency is absolutely necessary for achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Energy efficiency is the most direct way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is clear that the European Commission’s proposal for an EU binding 30 per cent energy efficiency target for 2030 does not maximise the benefits for citizens and society. A binding energy savings target of at least 40 per cent is needed to substantially improve EU energy security, create jobs and reduce pollution. A higher energy efficiency target also facilitates the transition towards a 100 per cent renewable energy system.
Source: Briefings from Dora Petroula, Energy Savings Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network Europe