The energy sector is responsible for almost two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Why it matters
Saving energy through energy efficiency measures in buildings, industry and the transport sectors can help fight climate change
and, at the same time, boost the economy, create jobs, reduce energy poverty
and improve citizens’ living conditions.
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 WWF is 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 to at least 45% in 2023. The renewables target must also be increased as well as the EU's overall emissions reduction goal, which should be net zero emissions by 2040.