Germany backs three-target approach for 2030

Germany will back a binding EU energy efficiency target for 2030 on top of the greenhouse gas reduction and renewables deployment targets it is already supporting.

The member state’s position was unveiled by a German government official at a high-level stakeholder meeting on energy efficiency convened by the European Commission on Thursday, according to a source who attended the event.

So far Germany had only committed to supporting CO2 and renewables targets, as indicated at a Franco-German ministerial meeting in February.

Member states remain divided on the issue, with countries including the UK and Lithuania telling the meeting that they are not in favour of an efficiency target.

UK officials have lobbied hard for a single greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030. But other countries including Austria, Portugal, Ireland and Denmark are understood to be supporting an energy efficiency objective.

The Commission presented the results of the recent consultation on the matter, which indicated widespread support for a strong post-2020 energy efficiency policy, particularly for buildings, including from a number of industries.

It is due to present a policy document after the summer outlining ways to make up the looming shortfall under the 2020 target of 20% energy savings compared to business as usual and suggesting what path the EU should take for 2020-30.

The Coalition for Energy Savings, whose members include NGOs, manufacturers and energy efficiency companies, told the meeting that a 40%, economy-wide, legally binding energy efficiency target was necessary and feasible.

The Coalition called on the Commission to show leadership on the issue and to take heed of the support for energy efficiency shown by the European Parliament.

Excerpted from ENDS Europe Daily