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European Commission fails to demonstrate leadership on energy efficiency

Posted on 22 June 2011
European Commission
Today the Commission has failed to demonstrate the leadership and commitment on energy efficiency that President Barroso and his Commissioners have repeatedly been promising.
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Brussels, Belgium – Today the European Commission presented its disappointing proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive, which should have ensured that the EU reduces its use (and waste) of energy by 20% by 2020. Unfortunately the Commission suggested no binding targets but only very few additional measures to the existing framework, which - if adopted in current form - will make it unlikely for Member States to reach a beneficial level of energy savings.

Arianna Vitali Roscini, policy officer for energy conservation at WWF's European Policy Office, says:

“For months the European Commission has been saying that the Energy Efficiency Directive would be the crucial piece of legislation to achieve energy security and cost savings and help the fight against climate change – but now they are setting up measures that are no better than place holders.

Today the Commission can tick a box in its to-do list, but has failed to demonstrate the leadership and commitment on energy efficiency that President Barroso and his Commissioners have repeatedly been promising.”

Further information:
  • Arianna Vitali Roscini, policy officer for energy conservation, WWF European Policy Office, Tel. +32 (0)2 743 88 16, email: avitali@wwf.eu
  • Stephanie Rhomberg, Media and Communications Officer for Climate and Energy, WWF European Policy Office, Tel. +32 (0)2 743 88 06, Mob. +32 (0)495 27 33 19, srhomberg@wwf.eu
European Commission
Today the Commission has failed to demonstrate the leadership and commitment on energy efficiency that President Barroso and his Commissioners have repeatedly been promising.
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