Just three EU countries are on track to hit mandatory energy savings targets, according to a new report on implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

The report by the Coalition for Energy Savings entitled, Implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive: Analysis of Article 7 Member States report, found that only Denmark, Ireland and Croatia have published credible plans to save 1.5 per cenEurope via satellitet each year from 2014 to 2020, but the plans of 13 Member States, including Germany and Sweden, are incomplete or of very low quality.

The remaining 11 published plans are incoherent, have questionable claimed savings, or both.

Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings, said: “EU leaders rightly stressed the need to moderate energy demand as the first step to reduce the bloc’s energy dependency, which is exactly what the Energy Efficiency Directive should deliver. Yet most governments’ implementation plans, in particular those from central and eastern countries, are not ambitious and do not convince us that the minimum energy savings will be reached. It is time for Member States to walk the talk and ensure compliance to EU legislation.”

Asked by Power Engineering International why member states have been so sluggish in putting in place the means to acheive the target Marion Santini of the Coalition For Energy Savings said, Three plans – Denmark, Ireland and Croatia – out of the 27 published, provide a credible and meaningful case for how the governments will achieve their savings targets.”

“Other (member states) plans vary in quality. Some are assessable reports, but not fully coherent and/or several measures and claimed savings are questionable. Some are are either incomplete and not assessable or very low quality. Common problems are the incorrect calculation of the target, ineligibility of measures, and inclusions of energy savings that would have happened anyway.”

Santini also said that almost all countries use the maximum exemptions allowed by the Directive to lower the 1.5 per cent savings target. This means that the average target in the EU is only 0.8 per cent of annual end-use energy savings.

“The plans mostly do not provide information about the national potentials, social, environmental and economic impacts of using the maximum exemptions,” she added.

You can read the full report here

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