Commission hides data showing cheaper 2030 energy efficiency target
By adopting a 40% efficiency target instead of a 30% one at the October Council, the EU could save €300bn by 2030, nearly equivalent to the EU’s annual fossil fuel import bill, according to unpublished EC documents. The selective presentation of evidence by the European Commission clearly discourages decision makers from supporting a higher level of ambition for a 2030 energy efficiency target.In the Impact Assessment accompanying the 23rd July energy efficiency communication, the European Commission deliberately decided to publish only those data that show higher costs for meeting the 2030 energy efficiency target.
Thanks to an access to document request, we have found other methodologies used by the Commission that show the potential for substantially lower costs.
As an example, using this alternative unpublished methodology, a 40% efficiency target would cost around €300bn less than the calculated cost of achieving a 30% efficiency target using the Commission’s published one by 2030.
On the 23rd & 24th of October, EU Heads of State and Government are expected to agree on the main elements of the 2030 climate and energy framework, including a target for energy efficiency.
Unfortunately they will not be able to make a fully informed choice.
Limiting the discussion on energy efficiency to costs alone, as some Member States unfortunately do, is, according to WWF, extremely short-sighted. This does not take into account the multiple available benefits, such as energy security, increased competitiveness, or jobs, that energy efficiency can bring.
In these economically challenging times, the selective presentation of evidence by the European Commission clearly discourages decision makers from supporting a higher level of ambition for a 2030 energy efficiency target.
Below you will find links to the relevant papers obtained through an access to document request:
- PRIMES modelling for the Impact assessment of the Commission’s 2014 assessment according to Articles 24(7) and 3(2), (3) of Directive 2012/27/EU in energy efficiency. Final Report for (ENER/C3/2013-1000), Version 24th July 2014: the document shows alternative cost calculations for the total energy system costs for 2030 that were not published in the final European Commission Impact Assessment.
- Spreadsheet with EME3 results: the spreadsheet presents national data, such as GDP figures, employment rates, for any of the 2030 energy efficiency scenarios modelled.
- Spreadsheet with POLES results: the spreadsheet provides data on the fossil fuels cost assumption used by POLES.
- "Study evaluating the current energy efficiency policy framework in the EU and providing orientation on policy options for realising the cost-effective energy efficiency/savings potential until 2020 and beyond" (Draft Study), Fraunhofer ISI, PWC, TU Wien: the draft study finds that the EU could reduce its energy consumption by around 40% by 2030 compared to projections made in 2007.
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