Energy efficiency

01-02-2018

Reducing energy consumption and waste is of growing importance to the EU. In 2007, EU leaders set a target to cut the annual energy consumption of the EU by 20% by 2020. Energy efficiency measures are increasingly recognised as a means not only to achieve a sustainable energy supply, cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve security of supply and reduce import bills, but also to promote the EU’s competitiveness. Energy efficiency is therefore a strategic priority for the Energy Union, and the EU promotes the principle of ‘energy efficiency first’. The future policy framework for the post-2030 period is under discussion.

Reducing energy consumption and waste is of growing importance to the EU. In 2007, EU leaders set a target to cut the annual energy consumption of the EU by 20% by 2020. Energy efficiency measures are increasingly recognised as a means not only to achieve a sustainable energy supply, cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve security of supply and reduce import bills, but also to promote the EU’s competitiveness. Energy efficiency is therefore a strategic priority for the Energy Union, and the EU promotes the principle of ‘energy efficiency first’. The future policy framework for the post-2030 period is under discussion.