|Council Failure on 2030 Energy Efficiency Target – a cold decision increasing pressure to bring in strong measures for Buildings
The European Council today adopted its Climate and Energy Package for 2030 and has chosen to go for a 27% indicative Energy Efficiency Target. It is a dismal agreement that falls short of the Commission’s unambitious proposal, which was made in July.
“This is not good enough!” said Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE “Despite the numerous studies demonstrating the cost-effective potential of a higher energy efficiency target, the 28 Heads of State shied away from setting a strong Energy Efficiency target. A strong target could have unleashed investment in hard-hit sectors like construction and delivered multiple benefits through reduced energy dependence, a boost to public finances and improved health for EU citizens”.
The Council conclusions indicate that the Commission will propose ‘priority sectors in which significant energy efficiency gains can be reaped and ways to address them’. Swallowing a high of 40% of all energy consumed in the EU, buildings should feature as the top priority sector to be addressed in upcoming legislation revision, namely with Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
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|EuroACE reminds van Rompuy of last year's video address supporting high ambition in the buildings sector
Ahead of the Council Ministerial on 23rd October, EuroACE reminded President van Rompuy of the encouraging words that he delivered to the Renovate Europe Conference, the Annual event of the EuroACE led campaign, in October 2013 in which he expressed strong support for high ambition in the buildings sector.
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|49 Companies and Business Associations call for 40% binding Energy Efficiency Target ahead of Council Ministerial
EuroACE joins 48 other companies and business associations in a letter sent this morning to President Van Rompuy and Premier Renzi, calling for a binding energy efficiency target of at least 40% on final energy in the EU's 2030 Energy & Climate Package.
|The anti-stress formula: Building Renovation
Building sector industries call on EU leaders to draw lessons from the risk of energy shortage and adopt an ambitious binding target on energy efficiency
Yesterday (16th October 2014), the European Commission published the results of the so-called “stress tests” evaluating the resilience of many EU countries to possible gas supply shortages this winter. Some of the results are alarming: According to the Commission, a prolonged supply disruption would mean that many EU member States will miss at least 60% of the gas they need. The Commission starkly concludes that: “This means that even private households could be left out in the cold”.
The building sector industry associations Eurima, Glass for Europe, EuroACE, PU Europe and the Renovate Europe Campaign regret that the recommendations made by the Commission in order to solve this situation are not accompanied by structural solutions, including the most important part of the EU’s energy infrastructure: its buildings, which according to the IEA hold 80% of untapped energy savings potential.
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