EU Energy Policy

Binding national energy-saving targets back on the table

The European Union’s proposed Energy Efficiency Directive should set binding national energy saving targets in order to fulfil the Union’s goal of a 20% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, according to Claude Turmes, the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) leading the debate on the draft directive which was tabled in June.
By Energy Monitor 10 October 2011 0 1372

The European Union’s proposed Energy Efficiency Directive should set binding national energy saving targets in order to fulfil the Union’s goal of a 20% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, according to Claude Turmes, the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) leading the debate on the draft directive which was tabled in June.

The Commission in June decided to drop the idea of binding national energy saving targets, and instead proposed a set of binding measures. This was in response to continued reluctance by member states...