Energy efficiency – or using less energy – is at the heart of the sustainable energy transition. By cutting the amount of energy we use through technology like energy saving devices, or through a conscious effort to reduce our energy consumption, we limit the amount of emissions in our atmosphere, import fewer fossil fuels and make savings on our energy bill.
EU rules on energy efficiency set a 20% energy saving target for 2020 that the EU is on track to achieve. Now, EU decision makers are discussing a new set of rules for 2030 due to be agreed under the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU before the end of June.
"The European Union has the potential to push forward the transition to sustainable and efficient energy. To do so, the EU must be ambitious...” Miriam Dalli
Supporting the transition, MEP and EUSEW ambassador Miriam Dalli, said: “the European Union has the potential to push forward the transition to sustainable and efficient energy. To do so, the EU must be ambitious. By setting ambitious - but achievable - targets, the European Parliament can draw in innovators and support policies that give consumers, stakeholders and businesses clarity, security and a long-term vision.”
"I am hopeful that this more ambitious figure will be respected, for Europe to meet its Paris climate commitments ... and secure the associated positive health benefits.” Theresa Griffin
MEP and EUSEW ambassador Theresa Griffin echoed Dalli’s call: "As a shadow rapporteur on the Governance part of the energy package, I have been heavily involved in pushing for the most ambitious and progressive positions possible on renewable energy and energy efficiency. On renewables, I called for a 40% renewable by 2030 target, and while the European Parliament eventually settled on a 35% target, this is still far ahead of the Commission's initial position of 27%. I am hopeful that during trilogues this more ambitious figure will be respected, for Europe to meet its Paris climate commitments, reduce pollution, improve water and air quality and secure the associated positive health benefits."
Doing their part in energy efficiency leadership all year round, are the EUSEW Ambassadors, featuring a cluster of high-level motivators from the European Parliament as well as the Mayor of Heidelberg, Germany; the Chairman of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe; the Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse; the Co-founder and Former Chair of World Energy Council's Future Energy Leaders; and the President of the European Alliance to Save Energy.
Starting this week, EU Sustainable Energy Week is the annual gathering of sustainable energy experts and high-level leaders from across the sustainable energy spectrum. Meeting in Brussels at the Policy Conference and Networking Village, EUSEW will spark the ideas and create the connections that will drive the energy transition forward.
Are you keen to learn more? Then make sure you attend the EUSEW Policy Conference starting tomorrow!