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 met thanks to the EU energy efficiency policies already in place. However, to limit greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, the EU needs to step up its efforts.
2017 is the year in which the European Commission’s ‘Efficiency First’ principle needs to be put into practice through the revision of key EU legislation, such as the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
In the revision of efficiency legislation, WWF is calling for:
- A 40% binding energy savings target to be included in the EED – as the European Parliament has called for;
- Energy efficiency obligation schemes in the EED (Art.7) to be strengthened by removing the loopholes that reduce its effectiveness;
- A regulatory framework and support schemes to be created to reduce the energy consumption of the building sector. This will improve citizens’ living conditions and reduce energy poverty;
- Energy efficiency and demand-side resources which compete with generation by empowering consumers to access the market and rewarding them for consuming energy in a more flexible way.
More about energy efficiency
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