03-06-2014 - EU signals binding energy savings target
The EU’s energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger, has called for a new legally-binding proposal this autumn to cut energy use by 2030, as a way of curbing Europe’s reliance on Russia for a third of its oil, and 39% of its gas
The bloc has already proposed a binding 40% greenhouse gas reduction objective for 2030, and an obligatory 27% share for renewables in Europe’s energy mix as a whole.
Asked by EurActiv whether an energy savings goal should also be considered, Oettinger replied: “I feel that it
would be appropriate to propose a binding energy efficiency target and make that proposal to the Council, and to the Parliament."
“Now more than ever energy efficiency and energy savings need to be our first response to energy import
dependence," the commissioner said at a meeting to launch the EU’s long-awaited energy security strategy.
Oettinger’s statement was warmly welcomed by building industry leaders. “A binding energy efficiency target would provide the necessary political certainty to trigger investments in the sector," Oliver Rapf, the director of
Buildings Performance Institute Europe told EurActiv.

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