A draft document from the EU energy efficiency review has been released by Euractiv, and it suggests a non-binding target reducing the bloc’s energy consumption by 30-35 per cent by 2030 in order to maintain Europe’s energy momentum.

A review of the Energy Labelling Directive, which deals with the efficiency of household products, is recommended in a draft EU communication.

The paper is broadly in line with findings from an impact assessment revealed by EurActiv last week, which show that higher efficiency targets would bring optimum levels of GDP growth, jobs, energy security and emissions cuts.
Barroso and Hedegaard
No agreement on a final goal to complement a planned 40 per cent greenhouse gas emissions cut was reached at a meeting between EU president José Manuel Barroso and a cabinet of top Commissioners on 18 June.

Barroso himself is thought sympathetic to a robust 2030 energy savings target, and is said to have given a green light to the energy and climate commissioners, Günther Oettinger and Connie Hedegaard, to push for a higher headline figure than 25 per cent.

This faces strong opposition though from the EU’s secretary-general Catherine Day, a key power in the current Commission regime, who is holding out for a 25-27 per cent energy savings goal on grounds of cost-effectiveness.

“The bottom line is that this [target] has to be fully in line with the rest of the 2030 package, it has to be politically acceptable, it also has to be technically feasible,” one EU official told Euractiv. “If you have a higher energy efficiency target then that has implications for costs in the non-ETS (Emissions Trading System) sectors, especially for some member states.”