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EU ministers to slash holes in energy savings rules - economy and climate to pay price

Posted on 23 June 2017
WWF's Arianna Vitali demonstrates what Energy Ministers are trying to do to the energy savings obligation.
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Brussels, Belgium - 23 June 2017
 
On 26 June, EU Energy Ministers will agree their position - the ‘general approach’ - on the revised Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives.
 
Imke Lübbeke, head of climate and energy at WWF European Policy Office, commented on the expected general approach on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED):
 
“Energy ministers are pretending to keep energy savings rules intact while quietly slashing holes in them that would send the jobs, climate and economic benefits down the drain. They must put the plug back in by supporting an ambitious binding target and leaving the energy savings obligation alone.”
 
Arianna Vitali, senior policy officer at WWF European Policy Office, said on the expected general approach on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) :
 
“Speeding up building renovation is crucial for climate action, yet Energy Ministers appear to be applying the brakes. They are supporting an EPBD which is going to do nothing to tackle energy poverty or air pollution, let alone kick-start the energy transition. It is essential that MEPs take a far more forward-looking position when they vote this autumn.”
 
Who and what?

On 26 June EU Energy Ministers will meet in Luxembourg in Council. They are set to agree their final joint position - known as a ‘general approach’ - on the proposed revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. They will also discuss a progress report on other elements of the Clean Energy Package. The Council’s ‘general approach will provide the basis for their negotiations with the European Parliament, before final agreement.
 
What’s in the latest Maltese Presidency compromise texts?
 
On the EED: Energy Ministers will need to make a final political decisions on several key points. These include:
  • The 2030 energy efficiency target: the latest compromise text suggests a 30% indicative target for 2030.
  • Details of the energy savings obligation (Art. 7) which requires Member States to save 1.5% energy every year: the latest compromise text lower the 1.5% to only 1% from 2026-to 2030 and introduces loopholes, such as treating renewable energy in buildings as energy savings.
 On the EPBD, the Council’s general approach is nearly finalised. It includes  
  • Long-term renovation strategies for the buildings with “indicative” milestones for 2030 and 2050.
  • A long-term renovation strategy objective to ensure a “highly energy efficient and decarbonised” building stock. Decarbonisation is defined by using the EU commitment to cut GHG emissions by 80-95% compared to 1990.
See WWF’s infographic on the EED target
See the Energy Council agenda
 
Contact:
Sarah Azau
Senior Communications Officer, WWF European Policy Office
sazau@wwf.eu
Tel: +32 4 73 57 31 37
WWF's Arianna Vitali demonstrates what Energy Ministers are trying to do to the energy savings obligation.
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