Legislation and policy measures are crucial to ensuring that the appliances we buy and the buildings we live in do not waste energy. The European Union has a key role to play in this regard by adopting laws that help citizens and business to consume less.
What is WWF doing?The EU has a 2020 energy savings target of 20%, which is likely to be missed, and a non-binding 2030 target of 32.5%. To limit greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, the EU needs to step up its efforts.
WWF is calling for the 2030 energy efficiency target to be strengthened in 2023, along with the renewables target and the EU's overall emissions reduction goal, which should be net zero emissions by 2040.
A key opportunity to do this is coming up in the EU's long-term climate strategy, expected in November 2018.
More about energy efficiency
Briefing on the Energy Efficiency Directive review, 2018
An infographic: Why we need a 40% energy efficiency target for 2030, 2016
EU building blocks for a successful energy transition, 2016
WWF position paper: Five Principles for the Heating and Cooling Strategy, 2015
Joint NGO briefing: Four key messages for the governance of European climate and energy policies after 2020, 2015
Energy waste in buildings: Central governments do not lead by example, 2015
EU Energy Efficiency Directive: The Coalition's Guidebook for Strong Implementation, 2013