COGEN Europe welcomes European Parliament position on energy efficiency

COGEN Europe has welcomed the recent announcement by the European Parliament which indicated last week a clear preference for reinforcing EU energy-efficiency policies in the post-2020 period.

The Strasbourg plenary vote on the European Commission’s ‘A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies’ called on the Commission and member states to work towards the realisation of a cost-effective potential of 40 per cent energy-efficiency improvement by 2030.

In a statement to COSPP, the Brussels-based body said that in the wake of the European Parliament’s vote, COGEN Europe recalls the need to track the effectiveness of European energy efficiency policies by using the primary energy savings metric and the need to fully implement the Energy Efficiency Directive, including by conducting a thorough progress review and establishing links to the policy framework beyond 2030.
Fiona Riddoch
COGEN Europe Managing Director Fiona Riddoch said “the plenary vote reflects the European Parliament’s belief that energy efficiency has been too low a priority in the past. In dealing with serious economic challenges while maintaining the EU’s energy and climate objectives, energy efficiency must be given more prominence.”

“Energy efficiency through cogeneration today saves Europe at least 15Mtoe of energy imports each year, and it is still underdeveloped in Europe”.

Meanwhile, the European Commission launched a public consultation this week on progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework in mid-2014.

COGEN Europe’s Annual Conference 2014, set to take place in Brussels on 3-4 April, will particularly focus on the role of cogeneration in boosting Europe’s economic recovery.

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