Stronger targets for energy efficiency could make for greater investment in the European Union’s heating and cooling sectors, after the European Parliament voted in favour of more ambitious goals in the area.

Business Green reports that the debate over the EU’s upcoming energy and climate package intensified yesterday as a key committee of MEPs voted to significantly strengthen the energy efficiency and renewables targets proposed by the European Commission.
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The Industry and Energy Committee voted narrowly in favour of proposals for a binding target to reduce energy consumption across the bloc 40 per cent by 2030 with each member state required to set its own national target in support of the overall goal. This is a relatively big increase from the previous target of 30 per cent.

In a separate vote, MEPs on the Committee also backed proposals for a new target for 35 per cent of energy to come from renewables by 2030, including a goal for at least 12 per cent of energy used by the transport sector in each member state to come from renewables.

In addition, the Committee proposed that member states review barriers to on-site renewables deployment and the formation of community-backed renewables projects.

The proposals will now be considered by the wider European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council of member states as the bloc seeks to finalise its energy and climate package for the post-2020 period early next year.

José Blanco Lopez (S&D, ES), said, “Europe needs to do more, Europe needs more ambition in renewables to meet the Paris commitments, combat climate change and lead the energy transition. “

“The Industry and Energy Committee, through a very broad majority, defends raising the binding target for renewables at EU level from 27 per cent to 35 per cent, to enshrine self-consumption as a right, to give security and certainty to investors and to increase the ambition in the decarbonisation of transport and heating and cooling sectors.”