Commission hides data showing cheaper 2030 energy efficiency target | WWF

Commission hides data showing cheaper 2030 energy efficiency target

Posted on 19 September 2014    
The Energy Efficiency Directive (2011)
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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Council, the EU could save €300bn by 2030, nearly equivalent to the EU’s annual fossil fuel import bill, according to unpublished EC documents.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As an example, using this alternative unpublished methodology, a 40% efficiency target would cost around €300bn less than the calculated cost of achieving a 30% efficiency target using the Commission’s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:

For more information:

Arianna Vitali
Policy Officer for Energy Conservation
WWF European Policy Office
Tel. + 32 2 743 88 16
Email: avitali@wwf.eu


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